WA adds VET grads to its skilled migration programme

The WA government has added international VET students studying in state to its Graduate Occupation List

By DIRK MULDER

The list was initially only available to international students studying at WA universities.

This is a big win for the state’s underperforming VET – which has lagged the national trend for some time.

WA passed on participating in the national regional scheme, which is now benefitting destinations SA, NT and TAS (CMM October 14). Instead, it developed a state sponsored scheme which now shows 23.1 per cent growth for higher education providers.

The extension of the program means WA has a pathway to state-nominated skilled migration under a wider list of occupations for international students who study at and graduate from universities and VET providers in Western Australia.

Word is there is more to come, with suggestions WA may sign-on to the national scheme.

Dirk Mulder is an international education business developer, strategist and market analyst. Contact him @ dirk@mulderpr.com

 


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