Study Gold Coast
Talent for Business Growth

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.

Program Overview

The Talent for Business Growth Program provides growth incentives for businesses to engage with the Gold Coast education and training sector and rewards and recognises those that are already engaged. Engagement between industry and the education and training sector is critical to ensuring the city is producing work-ready graduates that can become the next generation of leaders driving the Gold Coast economy.

The program enables businesses to get engaged with the education and training sector by offering a range of services including:

  • consulting services focused on workforce capacity and capability analysis
  • understanding student employability
  • enhancing knowledge of the available funding opportunities
  • personalised introductions to relevant and suitable education and training providers 

Recognition for engaged businesses includes sharing and promoting the success stories and including the business on the Great Gold Coast Careers Explorer. The program will also reward businesses for their contribution to student employability by nominating champions for the Student Employability Business Excellence Award and the 8-month Growth Accelerator Program.

Why should you get involved?

The students in our community are critical to the future prosperity of the Gold Coast. They are the next generation of leaders who will enhance and improve the fabric and economy of this city. Graduates who have had exposure to workforce opportunities and industry experiences during studies are better prepared to enter the workforce through enhanced skills and experience. Students and graduates can bring many benefits to a business - currency, diversity, new ideas, different perspective, access to new knowledge networks, energy and enthusiasm, unique emerging skill sets and much more. There are so many ways to engage with students for a mutually beneficial result and connecting with an education and training provider can ensure a successful outcome.

You can contact us at [email protected] or 5556 6100 for more information.

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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
  • Colin Wheeler, Document Solutions Australia
  • Dale Dickson, City of Gold Coast
  • Dean Bowtell, Southport Sharks
  • Diane Dixon, Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct
  • John Howe, Integrated Event Delivery Management (iEDM)
  • Liz Marshall, SSS Events Exhibition Specialists
  • Luke Moran, Mantra Group
  • Marion Charlton, Gold Coast Airport
  • Matthew Schneider, Urbis
  • Pat Vidgen, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
  • Ray James, Icon Energy
  • Rob Bordbige, Study Gold Coast
  • Shannon Willoughby, Study Gold Coast

“Translating academic knowledge into workplace skills is a valuable step for graduates in securing meaningful employment in a competitive jobs market. City of Gold Coast recognises the importance of student employability and actively works with our 3 universities and Gold Coast TAFE to bring an employer’s view to the student learning experience. This can be done through short term student placements within our organisation, providing guest lecturers to the universities from within our professional ranks, commissioning the universities to undertake research on behalf of the City and providing students with real case studies or projects that the City is undertaking. Students, universities and local business working together on student employability will ultimately realise the best outcomes for the student themselves, the reputation of our universities and support local business work force needs. This can only be a positive activity in maintaining a strong Gold Coast economy.”

Dale Dickson

CEO of the City of Gold Coast

“Icon Energy Limited (ASX:ICN) has three employees who joined us directly as graduates, from Bond University. They are now all qualified CPAs having gain these credentials since joining Icon. Another employ is completing a law degree at Bond University. Two others are doing part time technical studies at IT institutions.
The best reason I can give for student employability on the Gold Coast is the growth in education, especially Tertiary education, which has enabled our children to study almost any university course and still live at home on the Gold Coast. This has not always been possible and most had to go away for study or work. The improved transport like the light rail, has contributed to the success of Griffiths in particular. The growth of Bond and Griffiths has been phenomenal over the past ten years. While the Gold Coast has been a tourist mecca, the attraction of new diverse industries has added to the mix of study and work choices. New construction work has attracted many employment opportunities for young people especially those not going on to University studies. The Gold Coast has now matured into a truly regional and functional city where families can live and grow without the pressure to go away to survive.”

Ray James

Managing Director of Icon Energy

“The bonus for us in embracing student employability is that we can have a fresh mind that will grow within and assume our culture without affected by previous ‘baggage’. You get out what you put in. In ensuring the students immersion in our culture gives long term benefits for both parties.”

Colin Wheeler

Director of Document Solutions Australia

“Urbis connects the brightest people to shape a better future for the Gold Coast.
We are fiercely committed to employing Gold Coast students, not just because they come to us as talented and passionate professionals, but because we know that creating real career opportunities is the way that we can best help to attract the brightest people from across the world to our incredible city.
That is so valuable for Urbis and our clients, but it’s also crucial for the future of the Gold Coast. The rising tide lifts all boats!”

Matthew Schneider

Director of Urbis

“At QAL, we believe that our strong engagement with the university sector is a key to our community and social responsibility core value. We are proud to be a major contributor and sponsor to industry led events, developing an innovative workforce placement program and undertaking industry leading proof of concepts projects”

Beau Tydd,

General Manager Technology & Innovation, Queensland Airports Ltd.

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.

Apprenticeship

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.

Mentoring

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.

Volunteer

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.

2018 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.
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