I hardly ever use this forum, more fool me then
I have been in Adelaide for approx 3 weeks now.....I am a Plumber/Gas fitter back in Blighty, I was lead to believe before coming to Adelaide that I would be able to use my experience and UK qualifications to get me an Internationally recognised Provisional licence in Plumbing that would allow me to legally look for and work I was also lead to believe that I would have no probs getting work, whilst doing this I would need to complete some gap course's at the college so I could then should I want to, get a SA Cert 3 in Plumbing......No problems I thought that seemed fair.......Well the reality is after 9 day wait I got a letter to take to the office of consumer affairs OCBA, I now will have to shell out $400 up front and then wait for 6-8 weeks(and I cant work whilst I wait but I can apply for plumbing jobs???) for a licence that I will not definitely be granted and the money will be kept either way, the licence I may get will only allow me the same freedom as an apprentice, something else I was unfortunately not made aware of which means I will have to have another plumber with me at all times and I have found out that there is little or no openings for someone such as me with this licence I may get. I obviously need to get the Cert 3 but that is going to take along time to get and alot of money and I will not be able to work whilst doing this. then should I get the Cert I am not seeing that many plumbing jobs advertised anyway....My only chance seem to be getting aboard a plumbing company who is willing to take me on as I am whilst I obtain the needed gap training to allow me to get the SA Cert 3. I have also been applying for casual labouring work jus to keep money coming in but I am getting no replies from anyone at all despite emailing ref,CV,qualification and Photos of work. I came over here on my own with limited funds and have only met a couple of pom's both who have been very helpful. However I am really struggling to make any headway or contact with anyone who may be able to help me out and being on my own means that I do not have any contacts support or anyone to bounce ideas off and as a result I am quite down about the whole thing now, I know I have to look at the bigger picture but at the moment I just cant get a break......
So if anyone has any advice or knows someone who may need someone then I would be very grateful for any info you may have.
At the moment the ever present cloud of having to go back to the UK is on my horizon and I would really like to stay...
Many thanks and hope you are all having a good wkend.
All the best Steve