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Pathway Programs

Studying the right Trade or Vocational Course can greatly increase your prospects of obtaining Work Visas to Australia.

Simple 4 Step Process

Step 1

Firstly you must Enroll in the right Course/Courses (This course must train you for a position that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL))

Step 2

After graduation you may be eligible to apply for the 485 Graduate Visa. This is a temporary work visa.

Step 3

On the graduate visa, you must undertake the Job Ready Program through TRA . This requires 12 months of paid work experience and can approve a positive skills assessment for migration purposes.

Step 4

Finally after receiving a positive skills assessment you may be eligible to apply for General Skilled Migration Visas – State Nominated, Regional Nominated or Independent Skilled Permanent Work Visa

Study Pathways that may meet the 2-year course requirement for positions on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List


Cert III in Carpentry
(24 months)

Engineering Fabricator

Cert III in Engineering Fabrication (24 months)

Electrical Engineering Technician

Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical
(24 months)

Cabinet Making

Certificate III In Cabinet Making
(24 months)

Wall and Floor Tiling

Cert III in Wall and Floor Tiling
(24 months)


Cert III in Solid Plastering
(24 months)


Cert III in Bricklaying
(24 months)

Boat Building

Cert III in Marine Craft
(24 months)

Electro Instrumentation Technician

Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control
(24 months)

Automotive Mechanic

Cert III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (18 months)
Cert IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling (6 months)

Automotive Electrician

Cert III in Automotive Electrician
(24 months)

Automotive Body Repair

Cert III in Automotive Body Repair (12 months)
Cert IV in Automotive Body Repair (12 months)

Study Airconditioning & Refrigeration

Certificate III of Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
(24 months)


Cert III in Commercial Cookery (12 months)
Cert IV in Commercial Cookery (6 months)
Diploma of Hospitality (6 months)


Cert III in Joinery
(24 months)

Painting and Decorating

Cert III in Painting and Decorating
(24 months)

Job Ready Program

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is a four-step employment-based skills assessment program for international student graduates seeking a skills assessment for migration purposes. It is commonly used for those who cannot pass their skills assessment for general skilled migration purposes for those wanting to apply in Australia permanently.

JRP gives applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and job readiness in an Australian workplace, before they apply for migration to Australia.

Eligibility for the Job Ready Program

  • Have studied a trade qualification in Australia
  • Have studied for an occupation that is listed on the Skilled Occupation List
  • Ensure that TRA is the skills assessor for that profession.
  • Have completed at least 360 hours of work or vocational placement in Australia relevant to your occupation
  • Be eligible to apply for the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa
  • Obtain an IELTS score of at least 6 in all aspects of the exam

Work VISAS After Graduation

Many students graduate and don’t know what options they have to remain in Australia. this info graph covers some of the most common work visa options that may be available to different students. It covers 482 visas, ENS, General Skilled Migration, Graduate visas, partner visas.

Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university or certain vocational graduates to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished. Anytime throughout the duration of the temporary graduate visa, visa holders can lodge an application for another permanent visa.

Try Immigration Points Test

To apply for general skilled migration visas, you must first pass a skills assessment and points test. The points test measures how desirable you are to the Australian Government by measuring such things as your age, education, work experience and English ability

Ian’s Story (Case Study)

Ian always knew that he wanted to live in Australia. He is a keen surfer and the climate and waves on The Gold Coast suit him perfectly. However he had already used his working holiday visa and did not have the skills or experience to get an employer sponsored or skilled independent visa.

At his initial consultation, Pathway to Aus went through some study options that may be suitable for him. He had always been interested in boat building and we managed to enroll him in the Cert III of Marine Craft Construction. This is a 2 year package offered at Tafe QLD on The Gold Coast. Boat Building is on the Immigration Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. Ian then spent 2 years undertaking this course. The course combines in class study with vocational placement at a boat builder.

Throughout his studies Ian was fortunate enough to find paid work experience at the boat builder where he did his vocational placement. On the student visa Ian could work 40 hours per fortnight and unlimited hours during school holidays. This allowed Ian to earn money to partially support himself during his stay.
Because boat building is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, upon graduating, we were able to apply for an 18 month temporary graduate visa for Ian. We then passed a provisional skills assessment and entered into the Job Ready Program run by Trades Recognition Australia. As part of the Job Ready Program Ian undertook a minimum of 1725 hours of full time work as a boat builder. Ian will then be able to obtain a full skills assessment in only 12 months, as apposed the usual 3 years. We have now used the full skills assessment to apply for general skilled migration under the skilled independent stream (subclass 189). After we lodged Ian’s EOI, we received an nomination to apply for the visa in only 2 days!

“I want to thank Pathway to Aus for setting me on the right pathway. I had no idea how to stay in Aus, but they found a course that I love, and I am in a job that I have always wanted to work in.”

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Educate to Migrate was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Pathway to Aus