Why Should You Care About the National Skills Needs List?

Why Should You Care About the National Skills Needs List?

The trades and occupations identified on the National Skills Needs List have been identified as areas in the Australian economy that have a national shortage of qualified tradespeople.

So you should care about the National Skills List as it highlights the trades where you might be most likely to secure permanent work or start your own successful business in an in-demand industry.

Completing an apprenticeship (or traineeships) in one of these industries means becoming a qualified expert in a trade that has the prospect of earning a high and consistent income with little competition.

An Australian Apprentice completing a Certificate III or IV qualification, leading to a field or trade listed on the National Skills Needs List may also be eligible to gain financial incentives and benefits for both themselves and their employer.

Check out the list on the Australian Government's National Skills Commission website - updated for 2021.

The Government carries out Skill Shortages reviews annually and looks at all skills across all areas of employment. The most common shortages are in the Technicians and Trades Workers occupation group at 42 per cent, including motor mechanic trades. Find out more about what a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic does.

Ready to find your future trade? Search MIGAS apprenticeships and traineeships.


Published 07 December 2017