Interview with an Assessor

Meet Ronil Datt

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A bit about Ronil:

I migrated to Australia in 2012 from Fiji Islands, as a Panel Beater and Vehicle Spray Painter, I went through the process of a Skills Assessment via Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), similar to the ACTS Visa Skills process and gained my trade qualification in Vehicle Body and Refinishing in 2012.

I worked in a Panel Shop in Northern Queensland (Townsville) for almost 6 years, I later started working as a Spray Painter and Paint Engineer for Simtech Creations and Volvo Group Australia.

I became inspired to become a Trainer and Assessor to train and assess individuals in the Automotive Trades Industry, who also love to repair and refinish vehicle bodies.

My goal is to train and motivate my students to become the best tradesperson.

What did you enjoy most about working in the automotive body repair sector?

Working in the automotive body repair sector was exciting for many reasons. One of the most enjoyable aspects was the satisfaction of seeing a damaged vehicle restored to its former glory. It was incredibly rewarding to take something that looked beaten up and transform it into something beautiful again.

Additionally, I enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of the job. Each repair presented a unique challenge, whether it was fixing dents, repairing scratches, or replacing damaged panels. It required creativity, skill, and attention to detail to ensure that the repair was seamless and the vehicle looked as good as new.

I also appreciated the opportunity to work with a variety of vehicles, from everyday cars to high-end luxury vehicles. Each car brought its own set of challenges and opportunities to learn and improve my craft.

Overall, the automotive body repair sector offered a blend of hands-on work, creativity, and satisfaction that made it a fulfilling and enjoyable career choice.

When a customer would come to pick up their car, the sense of joy and sense of appreciation for getting their vehicles fixed was very rewarding to watch.

What is it like working in Australia?

Working in Australia can be a rewarding experience, I feel the work culture in Australia is generally laid-back and equal, with a strong emphasis on work-life balance.  It has offered me a blend of professional opportunities, cultural experiences, complemented by a high quality of life and opportunities for my own personal growth.

Any advice to give to potential candidates looking at starting the process to get an Australian Skill assessment qualification done?

Certainly! Obtaining an Australian Skills Assessment qualification is a crucial step for many individuals seeking to migrate to Australia or secure employment in certain skilled occupations.

Understand the Requirements: familiarise yourself with the specific requirements for the skills assessment process in your occupation, choose the right assessing authority,

Gather Required Documents: Collect all necessary documents to support your skills assessment application. This may include educational certificates, employment records, reference letters, and evidence of any relevant licenses or certifications, please review our guidelines as to they type of documents we require for your assessment with us

Prepare for Assessment Tests or Interviews: Depending on your occupation, you may be required to undergo practical assessments, interviews, or written tests as part of the skills assessment process.

Be Patient and Persistent: The skills assessment process can take time, so be patient and prepare for potential delays.

Seek Professional Advice if Needed: If you’re unsure about any aspect of the skills assessment process we strongly recommend individuals to seek professional advice Together, we can create a world where every migrant is welcomed, valued, and empowered to thrive. I strongly encourage any of my fellow panel beaters to start the Visa Skills process today, you won’t regret it! Get started today:

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