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Civil construction design: a “dark horse” course that allows you to quickly find a job and immigrate

Last Updated: 7:05pm 10 November 2021
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It’s no secret that international students use the Australian skills priority lists when deciding their field of study in Australia. As a result, a large portion of students start their studies in industries like finance, business, or information technology. Unfortunately, this means that the supply of potential applicants for skilled migration is greater than the current demand. Not only this, but several Australian universities allow students to change majors when applying for postgraduate studies, which creates a varied studied background that can negatively impact students’ chances when applying for additional visas or for work. 

The Australian Government solved the growing supply of applicants by increasing the points required for applicants during the expression of interest (EOI) stage for 189/190 independent skilled immigrants. However, the amount of educated international student applicants remains so high that the government has continued to increase the points necessary to migrate for many common occupations. As you can imagine, this has created significant difficulties for graduates who have selected these industries.  

Through our understanding of this issue, Reach Community College strongly suggests that international students find an alternative pathway through emerging immigrant courses that support the local needs of Australia and avoid industries that already have too many applicants.

Today, we’ll introduce a “dark horse”, or “unexpected winner”, when it comes to international students choosing an area of study that can help them quickly find a job and immigrate to Australia: civil construction design.

First, let’s introduce Reach Community College. We’re an Australian education provider with nationally recognised training courses specialising in business, building and construction design, information technology, hospitality, community services and automotive courses. Located in Hobart, Tasmania, our campus is in the heart of the Hobart CBD and hosts a wide range of industry-standard facilities and equipment. Hobart is a beautiful regional city that offers an exciting blend of culture, heritage, and scenery, with mountain trails and stunning coastal views.

Our trainers are highly qualified industry experts eager to share their experience and knowledge. They are passionate about education and take pride in nurturing students to ensure they reach their full potential. Our courses focus on giving students hands-on practical training, skills and knowledge to be job-ready in their chosen industry. Many of our courses are aligned with the “priority industry training and workforce development area” list released by the Tasmanian Government in January 2021.

So why do we recommend civil construction design? And why do we say that by studying a qualification in civil construction design, students can quickly find a job and successfully immigrate? Let’s start with an explanation of the “priority industry training and workforce development area” launched by the Tasmanian Government on January 26, 2021. We’ve received many questions from current and prospective students about this priority list like:

  • What are the priority industries? 
  • What’s changed with the adjustment to the list on July 1, 2021? 
  • Who will be affected, and what implications it will cause?

Don’t worry! We’ll provide you with all the answers and links to find the information for yourself. First, click the link below and head to the Tasmania Immigration official website: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/

Click on “Skilled migrants”

Click on “Subclass 491”

Then click on “Tasmanian Skilled Nomination Program Factsheet

This is a free, downloadable PDF. Please refer to the Priority Industry Training and Workforce Development Area on the last page.

This list shows you the prioritised industries in Tasmania, including Tourism and Hospitality, Building and Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and Energy, Information and Communications Technology, Aged Services, Disability Services, Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Transport and Logistics.  But why does the Tasmanian Government introduce such an industry list? It’s clear in its name that these industries are the areas that the Tasmanian Government will develop in 2021, and therefore jobs related to these fields will be in high demand. So, if students choose the courses of study in the field mentioned above, they will have more chances to be granted a 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa.  

If students choose our two-year package course RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design in Reach Community College, they can not only apply for 485 Temporary Graduate visa, but they can also apply for 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) and 190 Skilled Nomination visa.

As always, we strongly advise that you to consult with a registered migration agent if you require more specific information.

Today we’ll give you an in-depth look at the 485/491/190 visas and show you where you can find all the official information to refer to if you go to apply in the future. First, let’s see how you can apply for the 485 Temporary Graduate visa once you’ve completed the two-year package course RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design.  

As many students know, the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) allows international students to work, travel, and study in Australia whilst preparing for future opportunities after their graduation. While many may have heard of this visa, many are unaware of the specific details on how to apply. We recommend you read our previous blog post for a thorough step-by-step discussion of the 485 visa.  

Now that you’ve taken time to understand how to apply for the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa, you should have knowledge of the Australian Strategic Skills List. International students applying for a 485 visa need to be aware of the nomination/occupation of their career on the application. The selected occupation and its corresponding qualification need to be in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

You may still be a bit confused, so let’s use practical examples to see how to choose an occupation and its course. Let’s use our “dark horse” course RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design as an example:

First, go to the Australian Government’s training website: training.gov.au and select ‘National Register of VET’ as shown below. 

Then, enter the course code ‘RII50520’ for ‘Diploma of Civil Construction Design’ in the search bar on the right side of the screen and press search.

As a shortcut, we have provided the results from these steps in a link below.  https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII50520

Once you are on this page, scroll down until you see the section titled ‘Classifications’

Here we can see the ANZSCO code: 312211 and the classification value (occupation): Civil Engineering Draftsperson. Copy the ANZSCO code ‘312211’ for later. Now we can go to the Australian Government’s Home Affairs website to find out whether this classification is in the skilled occupation list or not.

Enter the following address in a new tab: http://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Once you have entered the Australian Government’s immigration and citizenship page, select the menu from the top left corner, then ‘Visas’ and finally, ‘Working in Australia’ as shown below.

Then select ‘Skilled occupation list’

The next page will bring up a search option for all occupations/nominations for Australia. In the skilled occupation search bar, paste the copied ANZSCO code from earlier (312211) and press search.

Here we can see that the occupation/nomination of Civil Engineering Draftsperson is in the MLTSSL. There are multiple visas available for students who have finished this qualification, but some of the most important are the 485/491/190 visas. This is further proof that the RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design package offered by Reach Community College is a valuable choice for international students!

So, knowing that with the civil construction design package you can apply for the 485 Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491), and the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visas, you should know more about Reach Community College.

Did you know that Reach Community College is in a regional area? In fact, we are currently the only registered Australian education provider that offers the RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design in Tasmania. But you should always check this information for yourself! We’ll show you how to do so below. 

Go to CRICOS website,https://cricos.education.gov.au/, click ‘Institution Search’ and enter the Reach Community College CRICOS code: ‘03904B’

Click ‘List of Courses Offered by the Institution’:

Find the course ‘RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design’.

Once you’ve found the course, click on it to find further details, including the qualification level, the language of delivery, duration, and location.

Copy the VET National Code ‘RII50520’. Click on the CRICOS logo in the top right of the screen. Click on ‘Course Search’ and paste the code into the box and click search.

As you can see, there are only two colleges in Australia that offer this course, one of which is Reach Community College. The other two courses and registered CRICOS providers do not have qualifications that meet the 92-week course duration requirement.

One provider has a duration of 104 weeks, but it’s in Brisbane which isn’t a regional area.

From this we can see that Reach Community College is the only provider that delivers RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design in Tasmania.

As students aim to apply for additional visas like the 485, 491, and 190, they’ll all need to pass skills assessment through the relevant assessing body for the chosen occupation/nomination. For many occupations, including becoming a Civil Engineering Draftsperson, unpaid vocational placement is required to pass their skills assessment. Luckily for students enrolled in our RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design two-year package, we provide 360 hours of unpaid vocational placement, which occur during the advanced diploma.  

It’s important to keep in mind that we only provide 360 hours of unpaid vocational placement for our students who enrolled in our RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design two years package course. If a student enrols in only RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design, we won’t provide 360 hours of unpaid vocational placement. However, for those students who have already passed their skill assessment, they can happily enrol in our one-year course RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction DesignCOE / NON-COEto increase their chances of being invited to the expression of interest or EOI, because this course is in the TAS “priority industry training and workforce development area”.

Reach Community College currently has promotions for students wanting to start their journey towards becoming a qualified Civil Engineering Draftsperson through our RII50520 – Diploma of Civil Construction Design + RII60520 – Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design two years package course.  

Through all the information provided, we hope that you have a better grasp on how this ‘dark Horse’ course will enable international students to find a unique career pathway that is in demand in regional Australia.

You can always talk more with our Sales Team for more information via our website: https://reachcollege.edu.au/contact/

*The information within this post is correct at the time of publication. For the most up to date information please refer to the Australian Government’s Home Affairs website. Reach Community College does not commit to securing migration or education assessment outcomes for overseas students. We strongly advise that you consult with a registered migration agent if you require more specific information.