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Vic Uni Carpentry Skills Assessment - Successful!

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So this morning after worrying about it for so long I received some great news from Vic Uni - my skills assessment had been successful!

Now that I have the skills assessment required and I got 8.5/8.5/8.5/8.0 for IELTS, I am now ready to submit an EOI for a skilled independent migration visa (189) as I have the 60 points required. Does anyone have any advice or anything to look out for when submitting my EOI?

 

I'll also share my full experience with Vic Uni for those interested or in a similar position to myself.

I am a 24 year old carpenter from Scotland. I qualified as a carpenter in September 2010 after a 4 year apprenticeship. After returning from a Working Holiday in Melbourne 2012/2013 staying with relatives, seeing their lifestyle and the opportunities for work in Melbourne I decided I'd like to move there. After a lot of research and gathering, the time came to submit all my documentary evidence to Vic Uni to start the skills assessment process. I submitted around 3/4 payslips (from a variety of different dates) for each employer (6) I had worked under since I qualified, I also got references from each employer and 2 supplied more detailed 'employment statements', as well as my TradeSet report and photographic work evidence w/ technical write-up. I posted all my evidence on May 21 2014 and it was received at their end on May 28 2014. On 11th June 2014 I received an email stating one of employment statements had to have more detail and I also needed a statutory declaration + letter from accountant confirming my self-employment for a period of 1 year and some alterations were needed to my photographic evidence. My advice would be to follow their guidelines completely, it was my fault that these items were missing from my package. After re-submitting my revised evidence on 19/6/14 I was informed on 2/7/14 I had been successful in the documentary evidence stage. A date (17/7/14) was arranged for my 2 hour Skype Interview for my skills assessment. I was rather nervous building up to this as I had been reading about people who had been in the trade for 15-25 years going for this assessment, I felt that my experience (or lack thereof) may hinder my ambitions. I would recommend to anyone who is going for this assessment to brush up on Australian Health and Safety as a lot of the questions he asked were related to this. Work Safe is a good website for research. The assessor was great, he understood the differences in terminology/technique etc and took this into account. The questions he asked were all from a booklet which was based on the candidate guideline you are given by Vic Uni in preparation for the assessment. I would highly recommend the service that Vic Uni provide for skills assessment, all of my emails were (generally) replied to within 24 hours and they walked me through the process step-by-step.

 

I realise this is a bit of a passage to read but I appreciate it if you take the time to read it and have any advice regarding my EOI. Any questions regarding anything in this thread are welcome as well!

 

Thanks,

Steven

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Very informative, thanks for sharing. We've always taken clients through a different assessing authority so it's good to see how this one compares for future reference.

 

Did they give you a list of dates and locations for the technical interview stage, or was it just an ad hoc arrangement?


Client Service Manager - QuickVisas / Carman & Associates.

www.QuickVisas.co.uk

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For the EOI the best advice I can give you is to double check everything before submitting and take extra care with claims of work experience, that's the section that causes the most issues.


Client Service Manager - QuickVisas / Carman & Associates.

www.QuickVisas.co.uk

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The gave me locations but they said a date would be organised after passing the documentary evidence stage, a date that would suit both myself and the assessor as well as the contact at the location at this end. Ok thanks, I'll keep that in mind! Appreciate it

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Good to hear you got your skills assessment through @marsh942. I'm at the very beginning of the process and getting stressed already.

I was a self employed Electrician from 2005 upto 2012. Since then been employed in another field but do electrical work part time for a builder. Just finding it hard to think of evidence to provide in regards to this work. Not spoke to Vic Uni or Vetassess yet but getting worried out providing evidence. Will be able to provide references and bank statements regarding some payments, not sure how micro will suffice

Any advice would be appreciated!!

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