National Skills Needs – An A to Z of opportunities

Watching the news may leave you feeling negative about getting a job after school. After all, there’s always stories about closures and lay-offs. But there’s another story – that’s employers crying out for skilled workers able to get the job done!

The government in Canberra has created a list of traditional trades that are experiencing a skills shortage – that means there’s more jobs than people. This list is called the National Skills Needs List.

There is extra support for employers to take on trainees in these areas

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What job on this list might interest you?

The trades included on the latest National Skills Needs List (NSNL) are:

  • Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Arborist
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Baker
  • Boat Builder and Repairer
  • Bricklayer
  • Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Cook
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Drainer
  • Electrical Linesworker
  • Electrician (General)
  • Electrician (special class)
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Fibrous Plasterer
  • Fitter (General)
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitter-Welder
  • Floor Finisher
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Gasfitter
  • Glazier
  • Hairdresser
  • Joiner
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Locksmith
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Metal Machinist (First class)
  • Motor Mechanics (General)
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Panelbeater
  • Pastrycook
  • Picture Framer
  • Plumber (General)
  • Pressure Welder
  • Print Finisher
  • Printing Machinist
  • Roof Plumber
  • Roof Tiler
  • Screen Printer
  • Shearer
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Signwriter
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Solid Plasterer
  • Stonemason
  • Telecommunications Linesworker
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Toolmaker
  • Upholsterer
  • Vehicle Body Builder
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Vehicle Trimmer
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Welder (First class)
  • Wood Machinist

Please note that this list is current as at September 2017 and may be subject to change.


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