The importance of the subclass 457 visa has been highlighted after it has been stated that more than one-third of Australian apprentice’s drop out of their apprenticeship within one year of employment.
Australian Newspaper, ‘The Australian’ stated that:
The skills shortage crisis is likely to deepen with the average age of a trades person now being 40; a looming shortage of plumbers, electricians, and builders; and the unwillingness of school-leavers to pursue trade skills.
New South Wales Skills Minister, John Barilaro advised ‘The Australian’ that:
We’re paying the price of two or three decades of telling kids that trade jobs wont get you a great lifestyle or income and that parents are encouraging kids to pursue higher education such as university instead.
Master Builders CEO, Wilhelm Harnisch told ‘The Australian’ that:
The shortage of skilled trades people in Australia is disturbing as the construction industry would need an extra 300,000 extra trades people within the next decade.