Study Gold Coast Employability Program

Study Gold Coast has launched Australia’s largest city-wide student employability program, aimed at showcasing career opportunities, facilitating stronger connections between students and industry and boosting our economy.

Let's work together to make student employability our new headline.

Are you willing to make a commitment to helping create connections for our students, or are you already doing something great in the employability space?

Pledge your commitment

Employability Workshops

As part of our commitment to ensure the business community sees value in this program, Study Gold Coast is facilitating a variety of dynamic workshops as an opportunity for businesses to get involved in the program.

How to Engage

If you're interested in engaging with students, whether that be an initial discussion, or a commitment to supporting an intern, please make direct contact with our education institutions.

Specialty areas:
  • Aged Care, Health & Fitness
  • Community services & Counselling
  • Built environment & Engineering
  • Business, Justice studies & Management
  • Design, IT, Media & Gaming
  • Early childhood and education
  • English and Employment preparation
  • Beauty and Hairdressing
  • Events, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Music, sound & live production
  • Nursing
  • Trades

Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved and help make our city the most focused and active in the country when it comes to student employability.


Apprenticeships (also known as traineeships) are a training contract between an employer and an employee, in which the employer provides training and the apprentice learns the occupation or trade.


Employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor to a student or trainee (mentee). The mentor is responsible for providing support and feedback to their mentee.


An unpaid activity that takes place in a not for profit organisation which benefits the community and the student. Does not replace a paid role.

Part-time work

A part-time employee works, on average, less than 38 hours per week. They usually work regular hours each week and are entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee, but on a pro rata basis.

Casual work

A casual employee has no guaranteed hours of work each week and is paid a higher hourly rate than equivalent part-time employees. Casual staff do not receive paid sick or annual leave.

Work Trial

Ranges from a maximum of 1 hour to 1 shift. Allows the prospective employee to demonstrate their relevant skills and fit for the role. Unpaid.

Vocational Placement/Internship/Work Integrated Learning

Allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge and skills in a real work environment. It is a formal, paid or unpaid arrangement, for a defined period of time and is a requirement of an education or training course.

Unpaid Work Experience

When a student works for a business to gain experience in a particular occupation or industry relevant to their course. These are short-term, unpaid and can lead to ongoing employment.

2017 Gold Coast Careers Festival

Showcase your business as an employer of choice at the Gold Coast's largest and most comprehensive careers event.

The Gold Coast Careers Festival provides the perfect platform for exhibitors to access talent and engage with prospective employees.

We’re really excited about providing a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with your audience in an engaging, inspiring and effective way.

Learn More

Business Advisory Board

Study Gold Coast has nominated some of the city's key influencers to help strengthen work experience and job pathways for students.

  • Andrew Stone, eps Australia
  • Anne Jamieson, Sunland Group
  • Anne Stovin, Currumbin RSL
  • Dale Dickson, City of Gold Coast
  • Dean Bowtell, Southport Sharks
  • Di Dixon, Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct
  • John Howe, IEDM
  • Liz Marshall, SSS Events
  • Luke Moran, Mantra Group
  • Marion Charlton, Gold Coast Airport
  • Neeraj Chadha, Marriott Hotels
  • Pat Vidgen, GOLDOC
  • Ray James, Icon Energy
  • Hon Rob Bordbige AO, Study Gold Coast
  • Shannon Willoughby, Study Gold Coast