The Kickstart Graduate program is designed specifically to provide graduates with practical workplace skills to build their effectiveness in their organisation.

Applications for the 2022 program will open shortly. Please email [email protected] to submit your Expression of Interest. 

Graduates will receive varied training through practical and interactive workshops, guest speaker presentations, mentoring and coaching from talent developer facilitator and business leaders, networking with peers and the completion of a significant project. Participants will gain career skills and increase their personal development, setting up both themselves and the business for future success. 

This program consists of regular workshops, taking place every few weeks from March to October.

Sessions will take place at various locations across the Gold Coast, hosted by participating Graduate businesses. 

There are two streams to choose from: 


Afternoon sessions: 11:30am to 4:30pm

Morning sessions: 07:30am to 12:30pm

Includes guest speaker presentation and complimentary lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm

Includes guest speaker presentation and complimentary lunch 11:30am to 12:30pm

Suited to employees whose work is online or office-based, such as administration, customer service, finance, project management, and consulting. 

Suited to employees who are hands-on, based in a factory or at the client's site, such as manufacturing, construction, automotive, landscaping, and transport 

Note: Each stream will cover the same topics but the discussions and activities will be tailored to the needs of the Graduates' industries and positions.   

Which stream is best?  

  • If the position is hands-on and based in a factory or at the client's site, involves makingbuilding or repairing things, the trades stream would be best as it provides practical team and workplace skills.  
  • If the position involves working online, or is computer or office-based, then choose the professional services stream, as it includes the same workplace skills but applies them to a professional working environment. 

2021 Program Dates

1 10 March Training for leaders and mentors 
2 31 March Being great at what you do 
3 21 April Project management (for a workplace project) 
4 12 May Teamwork & giving/receiving feedback 
5 2 June Setting priorities & time management 
6 23 June Business writing (including emails & proposals) 
7 14 July Influencing, selling & negotiation  
8 4 August Critical thinking & innovative problem solving 
9 25 August Emotional intelligence & leadership 
10 15 September Impactful communication & presentations 
11 6 October Resilience & managing stress 
12 27 October Project presentations 

View the highlights from last year's program

Kickstart for Employers

Kickstart for Graduates

Have a question? Contact us at

[email protected] or 07 5556 6100