Manufacturing in Britain has hit its worst point for 17 years, according to new figures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) with demand for UK manufactured goods at its lowest.
According to emigration specialists The Emigration Group, skilled manufacturing workers are still in demand down under though, despite reports that immigration numbers are being temporarily reduced by the Australian government.
Paul Arthur from The Emigration Group said: The Australian government still wants skilled manufacturing workers such as welders, toolmakers, sheetmetal workers, metal machinists and fabricators to apply now for visas to work in Australia.
The government has temporarily reduced immigration numbers by 14% but immigration authorities have stated their intention to continue to bring skilled workers form abroad to fill labour gaps, despite the modest cut to overall immigration numbers.
Paul advises that people should still apply, even if they arent ready to emigrate. He said: There probably wont be a better opportunity than now to apply for a visa. It takes around 12-15 months to go through the visa process (without a job offer) then dependant upon your visa type, you have up to five years to actually emigrate, so there is plenty of time to prepare.
The Emigration Group is hosting a series of weekend seminars over the coming weeks: Sunday 19th April in Durham, Sunday 10th May in London and Sunday 7th June in Warrington.
For more information about emigration to New Zealand and Australia, visit www.emigrationgroup.co.uk or call 0845 230 4391.