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using the wife's Poms account: Hi fellow U.K sparks just wanted some advice if possible. I have emigrated to OZ 4 months ago and am a qualified sparks from the U.K I have had my qualifications verified and passed my trade exam and now going to be issued with a restricted licence. I now know that I have to complete a log book and be "supervised" working as a ta. Problem being is I am currently living on the gold coast and I am really struggling to find work as a ta I have applied for loads of jobs never usually hear back but more concerning it seems it is like this across the whole country?. I am considering moving to Perth as it seems there is more ta work on that side? Is this true? any feedback would be most appreciated? It seems like a nightmare trying to be a electrician out here and might consider doing something else. I know a lot of sparks have had to do this coming over from the U.K and just wanted to know if the job scene in WA is better than the gold coast (non existent thanks
Guest posted a topic in Jobs, Careers, VacanciesHi All! I am currently going through the motions of gaining my licence in WA and would like to start a dedicated Electricians thread to help assist both locals and those looking at making the move. This hopefully will save us all a bit of time and get us all qualified that much sooner!! Please add and/or revise anything you feel may be beneficial to the Expat Sparks! So here is how things stand: Arrive in Perth and apply for your Provisional Licence. Find work with an Electrical Contractor. Apply for your logbook through e-Profiling. Register with a TAFE (Part A 2 weeks, Part B 1 week and now Part 3 Comms Licence 1 week) Pass College and gain Level 3 Cert, complete 1000hrs in your log book. Apply for WA Licence. Happy days, you are now a recognised Electrician once again, depending on hours worked you can get this whole process done within 9 months apparently, but you should factor in for at least a year. Regarding employment, there appears to be a lot more mention of work for Unlicenced/Provisional Electricians over East, not saying there is more work there, just that they appear to have taken on board the new process for foreign Sparkies. To date I have not spoken to many contractors/employment agents who are up to speed with the whole Provisional Licence thus far in Perth. This being said, the best way of getting started on your new journey is to apply for Electrical Trade Assistant Jobs, even these require a number of local courses/tickets too. The list is exhaustive however as a start they all seem to be after the following: White Card EWP Forklift Working at Heights Confined Spaces Having these will not assure you of work but they can help. (Depending on who you are employed by, they may put you through a number of these.) Other than that you may have to find work as a labourer pending finding TA work, so be prepared to get stuck in, hard hat, steel toe boots, hi vis, own transport and a white card should be sufficient. Websites: seek indeed trovit byron gumtree hays google: electrical trade recruitment be part of something big wheatstone Register, get the persons name and email and keep hounding them, they will try to tell you to apply online and they will get back to you, never to be heard from again! Even if you apply, always ring to confirm they have your resume etc or you will just be left in an inbox gathering dust. That is about it from me for now, all the best! Regards, Glen