Showing posts with label Skilled Migration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skilled Migration. Show all posts

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Direct international flights a game changer for Canberra

The announcement by Singapore Airlines last week of direct flights to Canberra Airport is a game changer that will connect Canberra and it’s surrounds to the world, boosting its international profile and economy.

From September, flights will be available from Canberra to Singapore or New Zealand, enabling Canberra to grow into a great ‘world’ city — taking its place on the world stage.

Singapore Airlines will fly direct services from Singapore to Canberra and Canberra to Wellington in a route dubbed the ‘capital express’, with four services a week to both capital cities on a Boeing 777-200.

The start of direct international flights is expected to create significant positive economic and social impacts for the city and the region in terms of trade, investment, higher education and tourism. Independent economic modelling indicates the new flights will be worth tens of millions of dollars to the economy and create hundreds of jobs.

The ACT Government, through VisitCanberra, is partnering with Singapore Airlines and the Canberra Airport Group to deliver cooperative marketing activity in South East Asia, connecting markets and New Zealand. This will support future growth and create positive benefits for the ACT community.

Capital Airport Group’s investment in the award-winning infrastructure at the Canberra Airport has created a more than fitting gateway to the nation’s capital. Over the past three years the ACT Government has worked tirelessly with the airport to develop robust business cases to attract new direct international air services to Canberra.

“I congratulate Mr Goh Choon Phong and Singapore Airlines for recognising the opportunity our region has for their business. I commend their commitment to Australia’s capital – a city that is confident, bold and ready for the world of opportunities that this historic announcement will bring. Stronger linkages between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington will continue to prosper and grow as a result of this partnership” said the Chief Minister, who was integral in making international flights a possibility for Canberra.

“I have led several trade missions to Singapore in recent years and each mission has seen more representatives from our tourism, business and education sectors participate. Aviation has been high on the agenda during these visits, and today sees the fruition of that hard work, perseverance and commitment. All great cities of the world have international connectivity – today our journey begins.”

The first flights, already a complete sell-out, are taking off mid September with tickets available this week.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Local business making worldwide impact on the technology industry

Adam Smith - Datapod

Tucked away in an industrial park in Fyshwick is Datapod, a rapidly expanding Canberra business making a worldwide impact on the technology industry!

Despite only setting up in 2007, Datapod is already a leader in exporting data centre products to a range of industries including universities, hospitals, government departments and defence.

The innovative Canberra business gained recognition last year after winning the Small to Medium Manufacturing category in the 2012 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

Adam Smith, Director of Datapod, said winning the Award, which is run by the Canberra Business Council on behalf of the ACT Government, strengthened the business’ corporate image and credibility.

“The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards provides companies with industry recognition and commercial acknowledgment” said Mr Smith.

“By receiving a substantial, peer-reviewed award, Datapod can further demonstrate to potential buyers that it has received industry confidence and backing.”

The business, which has recently opened offices in America and Europe, provides products, professional services and technical support to countries as far afield as Indonesia, America and New Zealand.

While conducting most fieldwork in Australia, Datapod’s products are designed for overseas markets and it is estimated that in five years time, 90 per cent of business will be conducted overseas as far afield as India, Brazil and Russia.

“We love representing Australia and more significantly Canberra on a global scale. We all grew up and were educated here, so it’s very important to us” Mr Smith added.

“Some people say that if you are trying to locate the optimum location for a new business, Canberra is not top of the list. But not only is Canberra a great place to live and work, it is a great place to start up a new business.”

“The local workforce is full of vibrant and innovative individuals and the local market is accommodating.”

Datapod have also participated in other ACT Government programs, including the 2013 Indonesian Trade Mission and the Skilled and Business Migration program.

Nominations for the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 15 August 2013.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Are skills shortages affecting your Business?

SkillSelect is an online system which provides Australian employers with access to a pool of skilled workers who have expressed their interest in working in Australia, either on a temporary or permanent work visa.

This new system is part of a suite of major reform changes introduced by Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 1 July 2012, in an effort to ensure that skilled migration is responsive to changes in the Australia’s labour market.

Employers can easily search for suitable candidates across a number of key selection criteria such as experience, qualifications, language skills and/or willingness to work and live outside major metropolitan centres like Canberra. In their EOI, skilled workers can indicate an interest in employer sponsorship and the states and territories within Australia where they would be willing to live and work.

Once a business (employer) identifies a suitable potential skilled worker, they are able to send a message in SkillSelect to the skilled worker notifying them of their interest in discussing employment and sponsorship opportunities with them. When sponsorship arrangements have been established, the skilled worker’s EOI details are seamlessly transferred from SkillSelect to final assessment and processing systems.

If SkillSelect is an avenue you would like to consider to recruit the right skilled staff, you will need an AUSkey to login. If you don't have an AUSkey you can register for one on the AUSkey website External Link - opens in new window.

In the first instance though why not peruse the SkillSelect free online service External Link - opens in new window.