Published by : Bilal Munsif

8th Feb 2024

Job Ready Program: An Ultimate Guide


The Job Ready Program (JRP) is designed for international students, typically the ones who have completed their graduation. The qualification should be issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), resulting from study in Australia. The RTO delivering the job ready program training must be registered under the Common Wealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students also known as (CRICOS). The JRP applicants must nominate an occupation in their application for which Trade Registration Australia (TRA) is the relevant accessing authority.

The Job Ready Program is an employment-based program which provides the opportunity to demonstrate skills and ability for eligible applicants to work in an Australian workplace before applying for skilled migration in Australia. The employment must be closely aligned with the applicant's nominated occupation and relevant qualifications.

How Work Placement Can Help You With a Job Ready Program?

There are multiple ways to enter the job ready program but the best method to start your journey is to complete a relevant work placement in your field. A placement can provide practical experience and exposure in your field. The perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skillset is experienced in onsite work placements. The majority of the placements are not paid because they are part of the study program. However, this adds a great chance to crack into job ready program.

Some multiple assessments and tests are mandatory for you to clear job ready program. The major assessments are the Job Ready Workplace Assessment and the Job Ready Final Assessment. These assessments are based on the practical skills of the students. So when you have completed your placement, the probability of clearing these assessments is much higher because work placements are mainly focused on practical industry-relevant skills. 

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The Job Ready Program Is Comprised Of Four Steps:

  • Job Ready Program Registration and Eligibility (JRPRE)
  • Job Ready Employment (JRE)
  • Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)
  • Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

Job Ready Program Registration and Eligibility (JPRE):

The Job Ready Program Registration and Eligibility is a pre-requisite for participation in JRP. The JRPRE registers you in the job ready program (JRP). They will review your eligibility for the program by confirming your identity and verifying the authenticity and relevance of your Australian qualifications. A successful JRPRE outcome is required before you can apply for the Job Ready Employment also known as JRE. 

To be eligible for JRPRE you must have:

  • A current passport that confirms your identity.
  • You must have held an international student visa (as the primary visa holder) to study in Australia.
  • A qualification relevant to your nominated occupation and awarded by a CRICOS registered RTO.

Job Ready Employments (JRE):

Job Ready Employment provides the opportunity to develop your skills and ability to work in an Australian Workplace before undergoing a workplace assessment. You must be suitably employed in your nominated occupation to be eligible for JRE. Furthermore, you must be working with your employer when you submit your JRE application online.

To be eligible for JRE you must have:

  • To be eligible for JRE and ensure you are well-placed to complete the program, you will need to have completed the JRPRE, which is the first step.
  • You must have employment relevant to your nominated occupation that can be verified as well.
  • You will need to have four months or less remaining on your student visa.
  • You must hold a visa or a bridging visa that has full unrestricted work rights and provides sufficient time to complete the requirement of the JRP ( a minimum of 12 months). 
  • Make sure your documents and information provided to TRA do not contain false or misleading information. 

Note: If you are on a training visa or a student visa with more than 4 months remaining then you are not eligible for the program. 

If you have more than 1 employer or changed employer during the program, you must register the employment details through the TRA online portal. You cannot exceed five employers and at least 863 paid working hours must be completed with one employer. 

You must complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment in your nominated occupation over a minimum of 12 calendar months from the JRE start date. The periods of leave cannot be included in the 1725 hours of employment.

What is an EVR?

You will need to submit the employment verification report (EVR) to Trades Recognition of Australia. An EVR is used to clarify if your employment arrangement provides sufficient opportunity for you to meet the requirements of the program. This includes the ability to do a range of tasks and duties to demonstrate your skills using industry-accepted practices, tools, and equipment relevant to your nominated occupation.

The employer and nominated supervisor listed in your online application must complete and sign the EVR. The EVR must be uploaded to the TRA online portal with your JRE application documents. You will also be required to submit a Skills Progress Report.

What is a Skills Progress Report (SPR):

A skills progress report is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace. The purpose of the SPR is to confirm you are developing your skills and experience in the workplace using the appropriate tools and types of equipment. Furthermore doing the duties expected for your occupation in an Australian Work Place. The SPR must be confirmed and signed by your supervisor or employer nominated for your workplace. TRA will email you when your SPR is due.

Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA):

The purpose of the job ready workplace assessment (JRWA) is to determine whether you are operating in the workplace at the required skill level for the occupation nominated in your application. An assessor from the TRA-approved RTO will conduct your JRWA and will focus on the activities you have been required to perform during your employment as recorded in your SPR.

To be eligible for JRWA, the following is required:

  • All your employment arrangements have been considered by the TRA. 
  • Acceptable paid evidence has been provided over a minimum of six months from your JRE start date.
  • Acceptable SPRs EVRs and any other relevant information confirming you are performing expected tasks and duties. And developing the skills required for your nominated occupation.
  • The Assessment will be conducted using a range of methods, which may include a technical interview and observation of your practical skills.

Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA):

Once you have completed step 3, you will move on to the final step which is the job ready final assessment. 

To be eligible for applying for a JRFA you must have:

  • All your employment arrangements are received by the TRA.
  • Achieved a successful JRWA outcome.
  • Provided TRA with acceptable evidence of at least 1725 hours of employment in your nominated occupation. 
  • This demonstrates a minimum of 12 months of active employment from your JRE start date.
  • Extended periods of leave or periods of unemployment do not count toward this requirement. 
  • TRA will email you when you are eligible to apply for your JRFA.

The Job Ready Program Occupation List:

There is a huge list of occupations involved in the job ready program, some major occupations are:

  • Baker, Boat Builder and Repair
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Bricklayer
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Cook
  • Chef
  • Pastry Cook
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Dental Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
  • Diesel Motor Mechanics
  • Hairdresser
  • Joiner
  • Glazier
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Locksmith
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Nursery Person
  • Well and Floor Tier
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker

Benefits of the Job Ready Program:

Increase The Chance Of Employment:

These courses provide you with the information and the knowledge that will be used in the industry work. This practical knowledge will make you grow in the field and at the same time make valuable assets in the job market.

Practical Experience:

You gain experience and exposure that is required in the field. Thorough trainings, work placements, and internships performed in the industry setting allows you to obtain real-world experience.

Improved Networking In The Job Market:

By being a part of this journey you connect with several industries and their managements. This develops a networking capacity in you which helps a lot in the job market.

Acknowledgement Across The Globe:

The Job Ready Program is known and recognised throughout the world. Which helps in opening doors for you in the international market.

Most Familiar Types of Job Ready Programs:

Job Ready Programs For Internships:

If you want hands-on experience in a real-world setting. This could be in restaurants, commercial cookery, industries, or offices. The program is extensively built to allow the students to use their theoretical knowledge in the practical setting. Job Ready Programs For Internships in the IT sector, Hospitality Industry, and the Business Industry are very popular in Australia.

Job Ready Program Courses in VET:

The job-ready program for VET courses is designed for overseas students providing them with industry-based specific skills, and qualifications in their relevant fields.

What Does the Job Ready Program Offer to International Students?

Here in Australia, the Job Ready Program is only suitable for the jobs that TRA accesses. The job ready program offers skills assessments as well as,

  • Let the student enhance their skills and abilities
  • It provides hands-on workplace exposure in an Australian Company.
  • This is an evaluation of your skills that ultimately reveals whether you are eligible to work in an Australian setting with the required profession or not.


In conclusion, the Job Ready Program (JRP) presents a valuable opportunity for international students aspiring to work in Australia's dynamic job market. Through its structured approach, easy registration, employment, workplace assessment, and final assessment. The program equips individuals with practical skills and industry-relevant exposure which is crucial for professional success. Work placements are integral to the program, playing a role in bridging theoretical knowledge with real-world applications. Furthermore, enhancing employability with its global recognition. The Job Ready Program not only facilitates employment but also enables you with valuable networking opportunities. As international students navigate the complexities of Australia's job market, the Job Ready Program emerges as a pathway, offering a gateway to fulfilling careers and professional growth.



Q. What is Australia’s Job Ready Program?

The JRP is an employment-based skills assessment program. It is for international student graduates with an Australian qualification that has been verified through a Provisional Skills Assessment


Q. What does it mean by the term Job Ready?

The term job ready means one who is able and available for work, meets the educational and skill demands of the local labour market and is not subject to any extraneous conditions.