Still short of skills?

johnboy 17 December 2008 37

Times can’t yet be that tough here in Canberra.

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced a new program to encourage foreign students to stay here when they finish their schooling. This is “to address local skill shortages”.

It will be interesting to see how this meshes with next year’s trip to convince SE Asians to send their young here at vast expense for an education they might imagine will benefit their own economies.


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tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:41 pm 17 Dec 08

Funny (not really) that some of the companies doing the retrenching as actually hiring at the same time, and have in fact taken new people of since the redundancies. Not cool!

peterh peterh 3:00 pm 17 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

Yep, retrenchments is the theme of the month it would seem 🙁

funny thing is that there are several smaller companies looking for staff. a couple have picked up the retrenched people, but there are many more still looking for new employees.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:45 pm 17 Dec 08

Yep, retrenchments is the theme of the month it would seem 🙁

peterh peterh 2:20 pm 17 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

Yes, in Canberra

I know of at least 5 guys & 2 girls currently looking for work. retrenchments do that to you. for some, it is the first time on the dole, ever.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:03 pm 17 Dec 08

Yes, in Canberra

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:26 pm 17 Dec 08

Yes, but not in Canberra.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:23 pm 17 Dec 08

I know a couple actually.

sepi sepi 12:11 pm 17 Dec 08

do you actually know anyone who is struggling to find work, who is halfway presentable?

poptop poptop 12:00 pm 17 Dec 08

It gets trickier when you try to explain that some people on Newstart are seldom fabulous shop assistants, dish pigs or cleaners.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:51 am 17 Dec 08

poptop said :

People on Newstart are seldom fabulous doctors, accountants, plumbers, teachers, nurses, etc, etc.

I can’t believe that you actually have to point this out to people.

poptop poptop 11:31 am 17 Dec 08

People on Newstart are seldom fabulous doctors, accountants, plumbers, teachers, nurses, etc, etc.

Genie Genie 11:10 am 17 Dec 08

Did Stanhope think to look at the fact – maybe we are short of skills because employers are too fussy at the moment and only want fully qualified staff. They’re not interested in training anyone.

Plus there are plenty of dole bludgers and people struggling to get jobs, why do they have to keep going overseas to recruit !?

poptop poptop 10:46 am 17 Dec 08

As noted in another thread, it appears that quite a few of the foreign students gain their quals but insufficient English to be able to sustain jobs they are allegedly qualified to undertake. Previous media coverage of the issue indicates this is a particular problem for SE asian students.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:43 am 17 Dec 08

jakez said :

farnarkler said :

Be very careful opening the door too wide.

…to experts or to immigrant labour?

If you open the door too wide, all the fat ones will get in.

jakez jakez 10:39 am 17 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

Be very careful opening the door too wide.

…to experts or to immigrant labour?

johnboy johnboy 10:37 am 17 Dec 08

caf said :

It seems to me that SE Asian parents sending their offspring here for an education probably more have their kids’ direct benefit in mind rather than their local economy as a whole.

True, but that’s not the level Mr. Stanhope will be spruiking at.

To regional governors it’s large amounts of money leaving the local economy AND the loss of a bright young thing.

farnarkler farnarkler 10:21 am 17 Dec 08

Be very careful opening the door too wide.

jakez jakez 10:18 am 17 Dec 08

Considering the expense of studying here (as they pay full fee and thus subsidise domestic students), I’m not sure that’s the type of situation where students would stay if they weren’t already planning on it. They’d have to come from a rich family anyway so is it a matter of not finding work in the ACT that is preventing them from staying?

I honestly have no idea. Call in the experts. Is this a good policy or just headline making?

caf caf 10:07 am 17 Dec 08

It seems to me that SE Asian parents sending their offspring here for an education probably more have their kids’ direct benefit in mind rather than their local economy as a whole.

peterh peterh 9:34 am 17 Dec 08

IDP Education have been wooing Foreign students here for years. They have been educated at either the ANU or UC, and some HAVE stayed. seems to me that perhaps the CM should see what is already going on in the education space, or perhaps he can do a better job of enticing these students to stay?

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