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Job Ready Program (JRP) by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)

Updated: Apr 30

The JRP (Job Ready Program) is specifically designed for international students who have completed their studies in Australia and want to apply for a skilled visa to work in Australia. To be eligible for the program, students must have their Australian qualification verified through a Provisional Skills Assessment.

The program offers several benefits to participants. Firstly, it provides an opportunity to further develop and enhance their skills through workplace experience in an Australian setting. This practical experience is valuable for career growth and can help broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Australian work culture.

Secondly, the program includes a skills assessment outcome. This assessment determines whether the participant possesses the necessary skills and experience required to work in Australia in their particular occupation. This assessment outcome is crucial as it is a requirement for applying to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled visa.

Overall, the JRP offers international students a comprehensive support system to transition smoothly into the Australian workforce. It ensures that they have the necessary skills, experience, and assessment outcome to successfully apply for a skilled visa and pursue their career goals in Australia.

The program consists of the following four stages:

1. Provisional Skill Assessment (PSA): This stage involves assessing the applicant's skills and qualifications to determine their eligibility for the program. It typically includes evaluating their educational background, work experience, and any relevant certifications or accreditations. Applicants can submit their PSA application online and will need to provide various supporting documents, including their Identity documents, qualification certificates, and academic transcripts. A positive skills assessment outcome is required for international graduates who wish to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) or enrol in the Job Ready Program (JRP). The JRP is a program designed to assist international graduates in gaining relevant work experience in their nominated occupation in order to meet the requirements for permanent skilled migration.

2. Job Ready Employment (JRE): In this stage, the applicant is required to secure employment in their chosen occupation or industry. They are expected to gain practical work experience and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies or training. You must add your employer to your TRA portal and attach your Employment Verification Report (EVR). You need to provide a completed Skills Progress Report (SPR) if you have worked with an employer for more than six months or you are ending your employment. You will need one for each employer (if you register more than one).

An SPR is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have done in your workplace. It is crucial your SPRs are an accurate record of the work you have done. Your SPR will be used in the next step of the JRP, the workplace assessment (JRWA). Individuals must submit their JRE application within three years of the issue date of their PSA (or JRPRE). This ensures that the skills and knowledge gained through the initial assessment remain current and applicable.

3. Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA): At this stage, a workplace assessor is assigned to evaluate the applicant's on-the-job performance. In order to be eligible for a JRWA (Job Ready Workplace Assessment), you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Your employment arrangements have been verified by TRA (Trades Recognition Australia).

  • You have provided acceptable evidence of a minimum of six (6) months of full-time equivalent employment from your JRE (Job Ready Employment) Start Date.

  • You have provided acceptable SPRs (Skills Progress Reports), EVRs (Employment Verification Reports), and any other requested information.

The assessor observes the applicant's work, conducts interviews with their supervisors or colleagues, and assesses their competency in various tasks and responsibilities. It will be based on the tasks you record in your Employment Verification Report (EVR) and Skills Progress Report (SPR). The assessor will use a range of methods to conduct the assessment. This may include an observation of your practical skills and a technical interview.

4. Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA): The final stage involves a comprehensive assessment of the applicant's job readiness. Successful completion of this assessment indicates that the applicant has met all the necessary criteria to be considered job-ready. To be eligible to apply for a JRFA, you typically need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Successful JRWA Outcome: You must have achieved a successful outcome in the Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA). This assessment evaluates your workplace skills and confirms that you have met the required standards in your occupation.

  • Minimum Employment Duration: You should have completed a minimum of 12 months of full-time paid employment (or equivalent part-time employment) within a TRA (Trades Recognition Australia) approved employment. TRA is the governing body responsible for assessing and recognizing skills in trade occupations in Australia. Your employment experience must be within the approved occupation or trade you are seeking recognition for.

  • Evidence and Verification: The evidence of your employment experience and JRWA outcome must be submitted to TRA for review and acceptance. This documentation may include payslips, employment contracts, proof of work hours, and any relevant certificates or qualifications.

Once you have achieved a successful outcome, you can use the outcome letter as part of your visa application to the Home Affairs department. This letter can serve as proof of the positive outcome you have received, helping to support your visa application and demonstrate the compliance and eligibility requirements you have met. It is essential to include all required documentation and follow the visa application process as outlined by the Home Affairs department to increase your chances of successful visa approval.

For further details, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Leading Edge Migration, and we will be delighted to provide assistance.

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