International students in Australia can play an important role as Australian skilled workers. Tourism and Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond told Sky News Australia needs to bring international students back “as soon as possible” to not only help Australian universities but also provide skilled workers for the travel industry. tourism.
âTo be quite frank, the other part is about international students; we have to get these international students back as soon as possible, not just for the good of universities, but for our industry, which desperately needs the skills these students provide during their time off from their studies, âshe said. âThis is essential for the tourism industry to move forward. “
The tourism industry employed over a million Australians in the sector. As a result of the pandemic, they lost 600,000. âA whole generation of skills took their career aspirations elsewhere,â Osmond said.
Could international students play a bigger role as Australian skilled workers once borders reopen?
A report by Deloitte Access Economics titled “The Value of International Education to Australia” estimated that the current stock of international students in Australia will help
130,000 skilled migrants to the country’s workforce after graduation. This represents a 3% increasing share of Australia’s current workforce with tertiary education degrees, he said.
Separately, international students could play a role in recruiting Australian skilled workers. The country would consider doubling the migration points for professional year programs and extend post-study work rights for study abroad in the new flexible study visa options. Government ministers are said to be “genuinely open” to visa reforms and changes are expected to be put in place before the start of the new year.
IEAA CEO Phil Honeywood said the proposals would give international students the right to work after graduation. This will allow them to come to Australia and get their post-study work based on all of their studies abroad without any face-to-face learning. Other proposals include doubling the migration points for completing a professional year program in Australia from five to 10. Honeywood was quoted as saying that these programs are “very popular” among international graduates. Collectively, this plays into Australia’s skilled migratory surge.
Industry experts say Australia’s shortage of skilled workers has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Earlier this month, ABC News reported that the independent advisory group Infrastructure Australia predicted in its ‘Infrastructure Market Capacity’ report a shortage of commercial workers ranging from electricians, painters and carpenters to university-educated positions such as senior engineers. , geologists and architects.
The report notes that there is no silver bullet to the skills shortage by 2023, as it takes several years of university to train qualified engineers, geologists, scientists and architects. Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls for increased skilled migration following shortage once the international border is open.
Home Secretary Karen Andrews said yesterday that before the end of the year, the country plans to host fully vaccinated skilled workers and international students.