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  1. Curly


    Hi I'm an Electrician I have been here for nearly 2 years now. The construction market at the moment is booming so is quite a good time to arrive. I work for a construction and service company but I generally only work on commercial construction sites. I believe there are many jobs out there in the facilities and servicing industry but the problem you will find is they all want fully licensed electricians. When I arrived the construction industry was in a bit of a lull but managed to find a job for a service company but whilst I was there I continued looking for work. By a chance meeting on a train I got a list of companies and dropped in with my CV to them all and got a job out of it. I got my qualifications transferred across and got my full license and jobs are a lot easier to come by now. I think the best option for you would be to start as a TA for a company but I would still try the facilities companies if that's what you would like to get into. There are companies who would be prepared to take you on as a TA because they get electricians doing the work for cheaper labour. There are plenty of agencies out here too that are always advertising as some of the major sites use the agencies so they are not tied in to contracts. How far along with the process are you? Have you looked at doing the course to get your qualifications transferred across? What sort of visa are you coming on? Sorry for all the questions but there are other things I can tell you and point you in the right direction once I know. It is a pain doing all the transfer of qualifications but I would try and start it as quickly as you can and you will hopefully be able to get into the job that you are after. Cheers
  2. Thanks for the reply we saw some work around the Renmark area but there wasn't a lot of it. He has a friend who is also travelling so they are going to go up to Queensland where there is a bit more work. I think he is fully aware of the hours and days he needs to fulfill and hopefully it won't be too strenuous finding the work.
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    Northern lad, looking for friends in Adelaide!

    I would be up for a meet at some point Dan gutted to missed the catch up in the Warradale you were trying to organise I saw the message too late.
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    Northern lad, looking for friends in Adelaide!

    Hi Alex we are free most of the time. My wife works on the weekends but is usually done by 5. If not we could always do a Monday or Tuesday straight from work I'm finished by 3. What area do you live in? We are near Marion. Craig
  5. Hi my son is over here on a working visa and is looking to try and do his regional work so he can apply for his 2nd year. Does anyone know any places to look or have any contacts you could put us in touch with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Curly
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    Northern lad, looking for friends in Adelaide!

    Hi me and my wife are mid 30 to early 40 and would be happy to meet up for a drink if you like. We have been here just over 18 months and know how hard it can be with the social side of things. Let me know if you fancy it Craig
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    Meet ups southern suburbs

    Hi Barry we have been in Adelaide just over 18 months and I'm 36 and wife is 42 so similar ages to you guys. We would be happy to meet up if you're interested either for a beer or a cuppa. If you fancy it give me a pm and will see what we can sort out. Craig
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    Hi and welcome. I'm not too sure about the nursing sector as such but I know that a lot of money has been spent and going to be spent in Adelaide in education for studying in the medical sector. North terrace which is part of the CBD has got 2 new university buildings one being the Uni SA. It has a lot of research facilities and also the new Royal Adelaide hospital. From my understanding working in construction there is also more planned for the future. Someone else on here may have a better idea of the uni quality but SA seems to have a great deal going on in that field at the moment
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    We just moved to Adelaide

    Hi for the broadband we went with Optus. We are not locked in to any contract and pay $60pm for unlimited broadband. There is a minimum amount of money you need to spend but it only works out around paying for 10 months.
  10. Yeah that could be a good option or the Warradale
  11. Hi we also live in Park Holme and from the North West. I'm 35 and wife is 42 we have a 9 year old girl and 2 older children would be happy to meet up
  12. Curly

    Hello everyone!

    Hi Marie You are welcome always happy to help if I can and glad it was helpful to you. I was unsure about the funding also and just seen it on a website somewhere that's why I'm happy to help because there are a lot of things you need to do that you don't realise. If Alastair speaks to skills SA they will set up an interview when you first arrive but they just want to see things like visas and OTSR just to check all eligibility. I also got my restricted licence sorted out on the same day as the offices are close to each other in the city. If you have any other questions or things I may be able to help with just let me know and I will try my best to help. Good luck with the visas and hopefully they won't take too long. Speak to you when you know more. Craig
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    Hello everyone!

    Hello Marie Thats good that you are coming over on a PR visa it will help with a lot of things and also good that your husband has already gained his OTSR. Tell your husband to go on the website Skills SA and explain the circumstances and skills as he should qualify like I did for funding on the work ready program. This will then cover all the college fees for getting his Aussie regs sorted. A couple of colleges to speak to would be PEER and the one I did mine with was Training prospects. This will take at least a couple of weeks in college and unfortunately there is no way around that. He will also need a white card to get on any building sites and work ready might pay for that also. I did mine on line but some sites don't like them not sure why. I know a couple of guys who work in the domestic installations and they are flat out at the moment and could always pass the number on when you arrive. Have you given any thoughts on where you are going to live? You will be busy when you first arrive getting all things done like Medicare and licences. Craig
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    Hello everyone!

    Hi Marie firstly I have a couple of questions for you. Are you coming over on your husbands skilled Visa? the reason I ask this is he would then be completing his Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR). This is probably one of the most important things you will need? I will run you through the rest when I find out what situation you are coming over on. Dont worry about what people say there being no work out there because there is. It is harder having no licence but when you are on a restricted licence you are classed as a Trades Assistant. Is your husband a domestic, commercial or service electrician? when I first arrived I got a job with a servicing company but I work in construction so was looking for other work while I was there. I found a job as a Trades assistant and completed all my college work and now work for the same company as a spark. I found the company I work for by chance as a lot of the bigger companies don't advertise too much on Seek or other job sites. Over here it is more of who you know than what you know but I could help point you in the right direction when you arrive with a list of company names or even just before you arrive to put the feelers out. The company I work for now and some of the bigger companies go to employment agencies which are always advertising and what they class as a TA is probably not what me and your husband would. Some of them have no experience in the industry but still find jobs so your husband would be highly desirable in the agency's but would still be best to find a permanent job. Just as a rough idea a TA can earn $25-$30 per hour and then when he obtains his licence can earn $30-45 per hour depending on what area he works in. The college work is a pain and can be drawn out and will take at least 6 months to complete because he will need to log 6 months worth of Australian work. Like I said if you let me know your circumstances I will try my best to point you in the right direction because there was not much help when I got here just word of mouth and research but hopefully I can help you get through the process quicker because the faster you get things done the better and easier it becomes. Sorry for rambling on but there is a lot of things that need to be done that the migration agents don't tell you Look forward to hearing from you Craig
  15. Curly

    Hello everyone!

    The Visa process can be long but patience is the main thing. You can't rush the Aussies as you will find out when you get here haha. We wasn't sure what to expect at first when we arrived and does take time to settle in. It's very daunting at first and lots of things to sort out when you first arrive. I'm an electrician so I needed my temporary licence, sign up to Medicare and Centrelink ASAP, activate the Australian bank account. we hired a car for a few weeks and then bought a cheapish run around. Public transport is good also and reasonable price if you get a metro card. My wife struggled at first but now she loves it here. I got a job after a few weeks which helped and then made a few friends and things just sort of drop into place. Like scooterdan said you still have to carry on life as normal paying bills, food shopping etc but if you make the most of what you have around you I'm sure it will fall into place. Not many places in the world where they have public barbecue in parks. Just enjoy it as much as you can

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