We want UK Tradies?

johnboy 4 November 2010 6

Jon Stanhope is letting us know CIT’s managed to snag itself a London posting as part of a scheme to bring some of the world’s most infamously bad tradespeople to the ACT.

The Downunder Tradies group, which has offices in Canberra and London, has partnered with the CIT’s Fyshwick Trade Skills Centre to provide gap-training for UK electricians and plumbers wanting to relocate to Canberra.

Mr Stanhope said the CIT was the only training organisation in Australia delivering this program off-shore by basing a teacher in the UK.

“One of the greatest barriers for UK tradespeople wanting to live and work in Australia is the need to gain additional qualifications to meet strict licensing standards,” Mr Stanhope said. “The Downunder Tradies group in partnership with the CIT is helping tradespeople to access gap-training, gain the necessary qualifications, and make a smooth transition to work in Australia.

If only we could get the Polish workers direct instead.


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gospeedygo gospeedygo 11:49 am 05 Nov 10

trevar said :

I guess with the kids not wanting the jobs

I want a job. Give it to me. Now. I want your jobs. I need your jobs.

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 11:27 am 05 Nov 10

WTF? I thought the ten pound Pom scheme finished in the 1970s. That’s how John Farnham came to Australia – he was an apprentice plumber before the pop charts came a’callin.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:00 am 05 Nov 10

Jamie Wheeler said :

In my opinion, Australia desperately needs to open the flood gates and let tradies in from other countries. Must be plenty from the struggling UK and USA who’d like to come here and earn some strong $AU. Tradesmen in Australia simply charge too much for often appalling service. Their outrageous prices are no doubt a big factor in housing affordability. With the growing mining boom sucking up local resources we need to do something. I for one would employ a foreign tradie over some of the characters I had working at my place. These guys obviously pick and chose their work plus rip you off at any opportunity. I had one tell me “mate, I’m happy to suck hard from the breasts of you public servants in Canberra”. He’d had a few beers down the pub so was letting slip what he really thinks 🙂

+1. There are a few good tradies, but most are a pain to deal with, and don’t do a great job.

Jamie Wheeler Jamie Wheeler 8:36 am 05 Nov 10

In my opinion, Australia desperately needs to open the flood gates and let tradies in from other countries. Must be plenty from the struggling UK and USA who’d like to come here and earn some strong $AU. Tradesmen in Australia simply charge too much for often appalling service. Their outrageous prices are no doubt a big factor in housing affordability. With the growing mining boom sucking up local resources we need to do something. I for one would employ a foreign tradie over some of the characters I had working at my place. These guys obviously pick and chose their work plus rip you off at any opportunity. I had one tell me “mate, I’m happy to suck hard from the breasts of you public servants in Canberra”. He’d had a few beers down the pub so was letting slip what he really thinks 🙂

beh1972 beh1972 6:50 pm 04 Nov 10

I support any scheme which will reduce the chances of me hearing any of the following again from the current ones –

“I dont work north of the lake” (from Woden)
“Can’t even do a quote for at least six months..”
“I don’t do jobs woth less than 3 grand”

Then there was four seperate landscapers who instantly lost interest as soon as they learnt I wanted the 20 x 1 meter retaining wall built in 75mm sleepers and not blue/yellow stone.

But the classic goes to my mate Gerrybuilt who had an electrician tell him “I just did a quote around the corner but it was a small job and I don’t want it – so I quoted him twice as much” – while giving a quote!

trevar trevar 6:23 pm 04 Nov 10

I guess with the kids not wanting the jobs, and Julia Abbott stopping the boats, we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel…

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