Occupational training for capacity building overseas

    This type of occupational training includes the following categories:
  • overseas qualification - This category enables students who are currently enrolled in a foreign educational institution and who are required to complete a period of practical training, research or observation to obtain their qualification or the opportunity to undertake up to six months structured workplace-based training in Australia.
  • government support - This category allows for occupational training which has the support of a government agency in Australia or the government in the home country of the nominated trainee.
  • professional development - This category enables overseas employers to send their managerial or professional employees to Australia to undertake a tailored professional development programme.

Overseas qualification

    To be eligible for this nomination category, the:
  • nominee must be required to complete a period of no more than six months of practical experience, research or observation to obtain a qualification from a foreign educational institution
  • occupational training must be a structured workplace based training programme specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominee.

This nomination category enables students who are currently enrolled in a foreign educational institution and who are required to complete a period of practical training, research or observation (or any combination thereof) to obtain their qualification, the opportunity to undertake up to six months in Australia for this purpose.

As the sponsor, you are required to submit, with the nomination, a letter from the educational provider in the home country advising that the practical experience, research or observation is a requirement of the nominee’s course.

Government support

    To be eligible for this nomination category:
  • the occupational training must be supported by a government agency in Australia or the government in the home country of the nominated trainee
  • is a structured workplace-based training programme specifically tailored to the nominated trainee
  • of a duration that meets the specific training needs of the nominee.

Government agency support in Australia must be provided at the Commonwealth/State/Territory government levels. Support by the government in the nominated person’s home country, must be provided at a national, provincial, state/territory level.

As the sponsor, you are required to submit, with the nomination, a letter of support from the government agency or the government in the home country indicating the reasons why the training promotes international capacity building.

Professional development

    To be eligible for this nomination category:
  • the nominee must have an overseas employer and be in a managerial or professional position in relation to the overseas employer
  • the occupational training must be relevant to, and consistent with, the development of the managerial or professional skills of the nominee
  • the occupational training must provide skills and expertise relevant to, and consistent with, the business background of the overseas employer of the nomiee
  • the primary form (at least 55 percent) of the occupational training must be the provision of face to face teaching in a classroom or similar environment.

This category caters for Australian organisations that develop tailored professional development programmes and market these to overseas employers, who wish their managerial or professional employees to gain additional skills consistent with the business of the overseas employer.

As the sponsor, you are required to provide evidence of the nominee’s relevant qualifications, employment details and position, and how the occupational training programme will provide skills and expertise relevant to the employer’s business and the nominee’s development.

Generally, occupations listed in ANZSCO Major Groups 1 and 2 are considered to be ‘professional’ or ‘managerial’ occupations.