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This COVID-19 Source Markets and Competitor Summary

This COVID-19 Source Markets and Competitor Summary outlines the status of Gold Coast’s primary student source markets and adjacent markets with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as at 24 November 2020. This data, to be updated on an ongoing basis, will inform Study Gold Coast’s strategy towards trade activity and International Education and Training recovery.

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Study Gold Coast — The Way Forward: 2020 - 2021

2020 has been an incredibly demanding year, but with the recent announcements of the easing of restrictions and roadmaps showing the way forward we can now begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The indication from the Prime Minister that the Government is open to working with our sector with the possibility of international students returning to Australia as early as July has been most welcome news.

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Study Gold Coast supporting Students and Providers

Study Gold Coast is here to support the more than 200 international education and training providers in the city and our international student community.

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Study Gold Coast — Australia's FAVOURITE classroom

Study Gold Coast aims to educate the community about the value of the sector, provide meaningful student experiences and promote the economic value of the industry in order to expand the city's talent pool, attract more employers and add depth to the city's social fabric.

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employability program


Study Gold Coast has launched Australia's largest citywide student employability program, aimed at showcasing career options, helping to upskill and developing student engagement opportunities. 

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Become a Member

Beyond the advantages of a newfound community, members will gain access to an amazing suite of exclusive benefits. 

The Study Gold Coast organisation is membership based and represented by a Committee of Management, chaired by former Queensland Premier the Hon. Rob Borbridge AO. Institutional members include Southern Cross University, Griffith University and Bond University, as well as TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. The organisation has more than 70 regular members, including a range of Registered Training Organisations (RTO/VET), English Language Schools and High Schools. Associate members provide complementary services to the education and training sector. 

For all membership inquiries please contact Partnerships on 07 5556 6100 or email us.



Caring Experience Leads To A Career Change

Devasehnan Archunan originally planned to pursue a career in tourism, but just after he attained his Tourism Management degree in Malaysia the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and effectively shut down the international tourism industry. While weighing up his options Deva decided to accompany his grandfather on a trip to Australia, who wanted to visit Deva’s uncle on the Gold Coast.

As Deva had spent much of his young life caring for his grandparents, he began to consider the prospect of a career in the sector.

“COVID was a turning point in my life because it impacted the tourism industry so significantly and I began to reconsider my career path”, Deva says. “Taking care of your family members is an Asian tradition and something I had already been doing at home with my grandmother and grandfather, so I thought why not take care of people as a career?”

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A Plush Job Opportunity

FurTastic Friends by Bocchetta is a family owned business that designs lifelike plush stuffed animals. The business began in Italy in 1948 and is now based in Burleigh Heads with their toys distributed around the world. 

As the business has grown so too has their intake of trainees. Their latest is Ambra, who is currently studying at the Australian Industry Trade College at Robina.

“I’m currently studying a Certificate III in Business at AITC and I like the business aspects of the job at Bocchetta – invoicing, processing orders and office administration, but since starting my traineeship I’ve learnt so many other aspects of the business which I now also enjoy” Ambra says.

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A New Home For Kool Kids

Kool Kids Training College have commenced construction on a new teaching facility in Southport. While inspecting the construction work this week, College Manager Sam Hendry was excited about the potential of the new facility.

“We are planning for a time in the not-too-distant future when we can welcome students back into our training rooms – both domestic and international. This vision of delivering the best training facility in Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Australia is taking shape and our students will love it!”, Sam said.

The new Kool Kids Training College will boast 153 square metres of floor space with two state of the art technologically equipped training rooms featuring presenter tracking cameras delivering enhanced interactivity for students studying online. The facility will also include a substantial collaborative meeting space for post lecture review sessions, as well as an onsite gym.

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