From 24 November 2012 the Occupational Trainee (subclass 442) visa will no longer be open to new applications. This will be replaced by the new Training and Research (subclass 402) visa.
See: Training and Research visa - Transitional Arrangements
Occupational Trainee Visa (Subclass 442)
Stream 3: Workplace-based Training for Capacity Building Overseas
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The purpose of this stream is to provide training opportunities in Australia for people to develop skills that they can use on their return home. Occupational training eligible under this nomination stream is training that:
- is not available in the home country of the nominated person
- is workplace-based and will give the nominated person additional or enhanced skills in the related occupation
- is one of the following:
- supported by a government agency in Australia or the government of a foreign country that is the home country of the nominated person and involves a structured training program
- practical experience, research or observation required to complete a qualification from a foreign educational institution
- involves a nominated person that is a current or recent student of a foreign educational institution and undertaking research in Australia that is closely related to the person’s current or recent enrolled course
- involves a nominated person that intends to return to their home country after successfully completing the training.
To be assessed under this stream, the occupational trainee sponsor needs to:
- indicate on the nomination that the occupational training is workplace-based training for capacity building overseas (stream three)
- provide one of the following attachments depending on the nature of training:
- a letter of support from a government agency in Australia or from the government of a foreign country that is the home country of the nominated person indicating that the training promotes international capacity building
- a letter from the educational institution in the home country of the nominated person advising that the practical experience, research or observation is a requirement of the nominated person’s overseas course
- an outline of the research to be conducted in Australia and how it relates to the studies or qualifications of the nominated person.
- attach the structured training program that is specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominated person (only required for government supported training under this stream).
To be assessed under this stream, the sponsor needs to complete and include the following form.
See: Form 1378 Nomination for temporary resident position ( 249K B PDF file)
Australian government agencies that provide support can do so at a Commonwealth, state or territory level of government. Similarly, foreign government agencies that provide support can only do so at an equivalent level of government. For example, a foreign federal, Commonwealth, state, territory or provincial agency may provide support, yet an agency at the local council level of government may not.
For occupational training that is supported by a government agency in Australia or the government of the nominated person's home country, the sponsor will need to provide a structured training program. The training program should be structured to meet the specific training needs of the nominated person in order to enhance their skills. A structured program should include:
- an outline of the objectives of the training program and the type of work activities involved
- details of the curriculum and the specific training tasks to be undertaken throughout the program
- the location of the training activities, including details of the various components which may be at different locations
- details of the training duration and timeframes for the various training tasks to be conducted
- a skills audit (including English language skills) that assesses the person’s existing skills and identifies their training needs
- details of all supervisors, trainers, and/or assessors including their qualifications, and/or experience
- the learning outcomes and how these will be monitored and assessed.
Overseas students may be eligible if the occupational training is practical experience, research or observation necessary for the student to obtain an overseas qualification. This type of training can only approved for a period of no more than six months.
People undertaking short term research in Australia may be eligible for nomination if they are currently enrolled as a student overseas or if they are a recent student overseas who graduated in the 12 months preceding the time of nomination. The training must be research that is closely related to the person’s current or recent course and must give the nominated person enhanced skills.
Before lodging an application, please read all related eligibility requirements.