407 Training Plans and why you need specialist assistance

407 visa applications are among the most difficult visa applications at the moment, with refusal rates higher than any other visa subclass. The most common reasons for refusal are based on poorly written and structured training plans.

At the Migration Centre of Australia, we specialise in creating tailor-made training plans to fit individual client training needs and address occupational skill gaps.

Generally, the training programme should comprise of at least 30 hours a week of training, and at least 70% of that training must be conducted in the workplace.

It must be structured and individually tailored to the nominee, in line with Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) requirement that the workplace-based training be a unique employment-based activity for the nominee.

To be structured and individually tailored to the training needs of the nominee, the programme should:

  • Clearly differentiate between periods of practical work experience and periods of instruction and/or observation
  • Outline the objectives, tasks and timeframes ‘include an assessment of the nominated trainee’s current level of skill in the identified occupation
  • Outline the additional or enhanced skills the applicant is aiming to gain

The tasks to be completed and outcomes to be achieved should be consistent with the objectives of the programme, include timeframes for completion, and show and increase in difficulty and complexity over the course of the training programme to allow the nominated trainee to progress to a higher level skills capability.

It is expected that a structured training programme will include supervision by appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors. An example of an appropriate qualification for a Supervisor would be a Certificate IV in training and assessment. Appropriate experience would be someone with specialised knowledge and experience in the subject area, for example an architect with 10 years’ experience, including specific experience in the area of the proposed training programme, would be qualified to supervise, train and assess the learning outcomes of a junior architect.

DOHA will consider the supervisor-to-trainee ratio to ensure the training is individualised to the nominee. The workplace-based training must be a unique employment-based activity for the individual nominee.

The training programme should include mechanisms for the learning outcomes of the applicant to be monitored and assessed. Details of any qualifications that will be assessed on completion of the training should be outlined. This is because, although obtaining a qualification should not be the primary purpose of the programme, it can be incidental to the programme.

If more than one organisation is providing workplace based training, the training programme must specify each workplace and its address, the training to be undertaken at each workplace and the dates of the training at the each workplace. Without this level of detail, the training plan cannot be considered to meet the requirement that it is structured training.


Getting Assistance

McKkr’s specialise in writing Training plans for 407 visa, therefore if you need any assistance with subclass 407 visa kindly contact our office. At McKkrs, we also provide CPD classes for RMAs and lawyers practicing migration law and would be happy to assist you where possible. Please contact our office on (02) 4626 1002 or simply email us at admin@mckkrs.com.au.

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