What is an offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)?Many foreign trades workers are highly skilled in their trade, however there is often different requirements to work in a trade in Australia compared to their home country. The way their skills are applied are different in Australia to back home, this is a skills gap.
The skills gap of Australian and foreign trades practices stems from the different standards enforced in each country. There are different government regulators, different work place rules and different safety codes to follow. Even in Australia there is differences in each states regulations and practices. What might be acceptable in QLD is not acceptable in NSW.
An offshore technical skills record (OTSR) allows an assessor to determine which skills need to be addressed in the gap training. On successful completion of an OTSR, it allows a person to obtain a provisional license which allows them to work under the supervision of a licensed trade worker. The worker must then undertake gap training at a registered training organization and complete supervised work in order to obtain their full license.
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