A desire to change career brought Irish born Mark Donnelly to Australia to study the Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering at the Canberra Institute of Technology. It was a move that led him to Bywong based rural telecommunications company YLESS4U and, in the longer term, RDA Southern Inland sponsorship of his skilled migration application.
Mark began working with YLESS4U after the company placed an ad at CIT offering hands on training and work in a rural environment, with flexibility and the ability for further study. Mark applied. With the assistance, possible in a small business environment and the broad range of work in the expanding high speed radio communications field, it ticked all the boxes.
Working in the rural and regional environment of South East NSW suited Mark. He was interested in the challenges and skill required in providing high speed broadband to businesses and research institutions within the region. He independently and confidently managed the range of work, from customer and storm issues, to repairing cables. He also continued his studies which meant his student visa was coming to an end, and he would need to return to Ireland.
YLESS4U was interested in retaining Mark’s skills and competency, and was aware of the Immigration Department’s Employer sponsored Regional Skilled Migration Program. They contacted RDA Southern Inland which sponsored Mark’s application which was successful. In March 2015, YLESS4U and Mark’s partner Donna celebrated his citizenship ceremony at Canberra University. His parents have visited him in Australia and, in August 2015, he returned to Ireland for the first time since arriving in Australia.
Mark is completing further studies, a Diploma in Project Management to further his career opportunities.
For further information on RDA Southern Inlands Skilled Regional Migration sponsorship, visit: http://www.rdasi.org.au/regional-migration/
Pictured: Yless4u operates a rural fixed wireless base site at Mt Fairy, which serves customers requiring high speed symmetrical low latency broadband services in the Mt Fairy and Braidwood regions. Service to the areas were disrupted just after 3pm on the 17th January 2017. A visual inspection on the morning of the 18th revealed damage to the base site from the fire of the previous day. Great work by Mark and the team restored services at 11am on the 18th working in adverse very windy conditions. His work was greatly appreciated by the customers in the outlying regions, with Yless4u receiving a number of calls thanking them for the rapid restoration of services.