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Subclass 407: How Do I Prepare a Training Plan?

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The nomination stage of the subclass 407 training visa requires you to submit a detailed and structured training plan that provides details about:

  • the nominee and position;
  • the purpose of the training; and
  • how you will implement the training.

Each subclass 407 visa training plan will be different and specifically tailored to the individual’s training needs, the needs of the business and the relevant occupation. In particular, it must be compliant with the relevant migration rules and satisfy the nomination requirements under the relevant occupational training stream.

This article will discuss the key factors you should consider when preparing a training plan and will be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) officers.

Purpose of the Training

The training plan should outline the purpose and objectives of the training program. This should be tailored to the stream to which the trainee has been nominated, namely whether the occupational training is:

  • required to meet certain registration or licensing requirements (stream one);
  • to improve skills in an eligible occupation (stream two); or
  • for capacity building overseas (stream three).

For example, a vehicle repair shop that currently employs a motorcycle mechanic may explain that the purpose of the training is for the nominee to attain the skills required to perform the role of an automotive electrician.

You should explain how your business and the nominee will benefit from the training program.

For example, you could explain that the training would allow the nominee to train more junior employees which would, in turn, allow the business to provide a higher quality service.

You could also discuss how the training will impact the nominee’s professional development and career prospects in the business.

Provide Details of the Trainers

Details of all trainers, supervisors and assessors who will be involved in the training program should be provided, including their:

  • role in the business; and
  • qualifications and experience.

The training should be conducted by trainers and supervisors with specialised knowledge and experience in the area. You will need to provide copies of the trainer’s and supervisor’s resumes as supporting evidence.

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Describe the Position

The training plan should include a brief description of the nominated position, including duties and tasks, and explain how the position fits within your business. In particular, you must specify:

  • which eligible occupation the nominated position relates to; and 
  • which relevant Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification Occupation (ANZSCO) code the position falls under.

For example, if the nominated position is for a software engineer, this occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List with a corresponding ANZSCO code of 261313. Therefore, the skills and tasks outlined in your position description should be consistent with those under ANZSCO code 261313.

To support this, you could provide job descriptions for the position the nominee is currently employed in and the position the nominee intends to train for.

Demonstrate the Nominee’s Suitability

It is important to demonstrate that the nominee has the skills, qualifications, and experience required for the nominated role. In particular, if you are nominating someone under stream two, you must show that:

  • the nominee has at least 12 months of full-time experience in the same or related role; and
  • the experience was gained within the last 24 months before lodgement of the nomination.

For example, you may include a table outlining the key positions that the nominee has held in the business and are relevant to the nominated position. You could also refer to the nominee’s resume to demonstrate the qualifications and skills they bring to the role.

Skills Gap Audit and Analysis

In addition to demonstrating the nominee’s suitability for the role, you will need to provide an assessment of the:

  • nominee’s current level of skill in a relevant role;
  • core skills the nominee currently lacks; and
  • skills and knowledge to be gained in the training role.

This analysis will be carefully assessed by the DOHA officers and should form the basis of your training plan. Even where your nominee has worked for your business for several years, you will need to explain how the nominee will develop and progress to the nominated occupation.

Training Tasks

One of the most important factors in a training plan is demonstrating how the training will be provided and assessed. The tasks and outcomes listed in the training plan should increase in difficulty over time to allow the nominee to progress and attain a higher level of skills.

While you can include a brief overview of each task or module in the training plan, it is recommended to provide a separate table or schedule that outlines:

  • a description of the task or module;
  • the delivery of the specific task;
  • allocated trainer or supervisor for the task;
  • the commencement date of the task; and
  • duration of the task.

See the table below as an example.

Task Description Current Skill Required Skill Training Delivery Method Supervisor Duration Start Date Completion Date Status
Food preparation Bakers are required to store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage. Basic Sound On the job training James Johnson 2 hours 20 March 2020 21 March 2020 Pending

The tasks and outcomes listed in the training plan should be consistent with the objectives of the training program as previously described.

Training Outcomes

Lastly, the outcomes of the training program must be identified in the training plan. In particular, you should consider the:

  • additional or enhanced skills the nominee will gain upon completion of the training; and
  • tasks or duties the nominee will become competent in upon completion of the training.

The outcomes will depend on the individual, the nominated position, and the purpose of the training.

Key Takeaways

One of the most important documents you will need to submit under the subclass 407 training visa is a training plan. This will outline the structured training program that the nominee will undertake to satisfy the requirements under the relevant occupational training stream.

The key factors you should consider when preparing a training plan are:

  • the purpose of the training;
  • the trainers and supervisors and their qualifications;
  • whether the nominated position fits within your business and is consistent with the relevant ANZSCO code;
  • whether the nominee has the required skills and experience for the nominated position;
  • the skills the nominee currently lacks and how these will be attained through the training position;
  • the individual training tasks or modules and timeframe for each task; and
  • the learning outcomes of the training program.

Each training plan will be tailored and specific to your business, the nominee and their training needs. Providing a generic training program or template may indicate that the training opportunity is not genuine. If you need assistance with preparing a training plan for the training visa, contact LegalVision’s immigration lawyers on 1300 544 755 or fill out the form on this page.

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Graci Chen

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Graci is a Senior Lawyer in LegalVision intellectual property team, specialising in trade marks. She advises across LegalVision’s Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom jurisdictions. Graci works closely with a diverse range of clients and assists with the entire IP lifecycle. She is passionate about educating clients in this complex area of law and helping clients achieve their IP protection goals.

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