Talent for Business growth



Seeking new skills and a fresh perspective for your business? Talent for Business Growth is a fully-funded program that will support your business to identify workforce skill gaps, provide resources and upskilling, develop student engagement opportunities and connect with key education and training providers to access talent.

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Workforce Planning Consultation


Workforce Planning Consultation

Receive a two-hour consultation with an expert workforce planning consultant to analyse the organisational structure and current business operations to identify critical needs and potential skill gaps. On completion of this session your business will be better informed about the value of student employability, the type of talent and skill set that will most effectively meet your business needs and the length and type of engagement with a student that will be mutually beneficial.

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Upskilling Workshops


Upskilling Workshops

Access targeted workshops to assist with upskilling your workforce, such as leadership and management training. Attend information sessions on pathways to engaging with students including student visa and working rights information. Meet category managers that can give you personalised advice to help your business grow.

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Access Talent


Access Talent

Talent is right on your doorstep with thousands of students and graduates looking for valuable work experience. This program will guide you every step of the way to create mutually beneficial positions, projects or graduate programs aligned with your business’ strategy. Study Gold Coast will then introduce you to the right education and training provider for recruitment and successful placements.

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Promote Your Business


Promote Your Business

Marketing and content creation for your business by highlighting success stories on social media. Showcase your business’ career options through the creation of video content on the Careers Explorer. Networking opportunities with other leading businesses in the Gold Coast community through events, workshops, and industry nights.

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Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards


Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards

Businesses may be nominated for the Student Employability category for the region's most comprehensive and prestigious business awards running for 25 years. The awards are presented monthly with an end of year black-tie Gala Awards Dinner. Each awards ceremony is a wonderful networking opportunity and winners are given a procurement advantage from the City of Gold Coast at 2%.

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Growth Accelerator Program


Growth Accelerator Program

Businesses are eligible for the Growth Accelerator Program—8 months of free mentoring and workshops to identify the critical steps needed to achieve your next phase of growth, rapidly and sustainably. Few people realise that high growth is both an exciting and highly risky stage of the business development lifecycle. This program will build a road map for business development and adaptive responses to overcome potential barriers to growth, networking with other like-minded businesses and discover new sources of funding and investment.

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Success Stories

World First Program Kickstarts Careers And Grows Businesses

So, you’re fresh out of university and you land your first job. You have all the theory you need in your chosen profession, but not the experience. How do you gain an understanding about the way your new employer operates their business? What are their expectations of you in your new job? What’s the team culture like and will you be able to confidently apply yourself in the organisation?

From an employer’s perspective they face a similar dilemma. How can they quickly get their new employee up to speed on how the business runs? Will the graduate be familiar with their systems and processes? Does the new employee understand business etiquette and will they be able to successfully communicate their ideas within the team?

In short, you can have all the knowledge in the world, but there’s no substitute for experience. But how do you gain experience and the confidence to operate within a real world situation when you’ve just spent the last few years studying?

To Boldly Go Where Few Young Men Have Gone Before

Business administration tends to be dominated by women, but that hasn’t stopped Jett Podesta from seizing his opportunity in the field. The Year 11 Merrimac State High School student is currently undertaking a traineeship with the Aurora Training Institute as part of his Certificate III in Business Administration.

Aurora’s General Manager of Operations for South East Queensland Kim Little illustrates the gender imbalance in business administration from experience. “Jett is just the second male trainee we’ve had in the 10 years we’ve been doing this. We have an office full of females, so the girls get excited when a male shows interest in working here. It’s nice to see young men like Jett apply for these positions.”

Riviera Apprentice Graduates Kickstart Their Career Through Mentor Program

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera, based on the Gold Coast, continues its commitment to fostering excellence by encouraging its apprentice graduates to participate in a new initiative aimed at enhancing their skills and career pathways.

Over a six-month term, graduates of the Riviera apprenticeship program team up with a mentor at Riviera’s Coomera production facility as part of Study Gold Coast’s Kickstart program.

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone!

"I didn’t think I could grow so much professionally in such a short period of time." Shreya Kulkarni is studying her Masters in Marketing at Griffith University. This is her remarkable account of her internship experience at HTG Solutions on the Gold Coast.

Startup Leads The Way For Farmers in Developing Countries

A tech company based in the heart of Surfers Paradise is winning international accolades for the way its changing agricultural practices across the globe. Social enterprise AgUnity has developed a platform that empowers poor farmers in developing countries by improving their agricultural practices so that they can become profitable.

By using blockchain in the backend of their platform AgUnity are able to guarantee security for farmers and in doing so tackle the issues of graft and corruption which plague farming in those countries.

Investing In New Talent To Move With the Times

The Venue Management Association moved to the Gold Coast from Brisbane five years ago and CEO Michael Brierley says they’ve never looked back. “A lot of the people we work with on the Gold Coast are very innovative and have a great sense of fun. It’s also such a beautiful place to work.”

A Tale of Two Interns

Amy Kwan and China (pronounced Chee-na) Yamasaki are students from Griffith University and Southern Cross University respectively. Both are serving internships with Tyler International, a Gold Coast based study tour organisation. CEO Angela Tyler says her company is always happy to accept students who believe their internship experience will benefit their career aspirations.   

Sustainable Leadership

Larissa Rose, Director of Glowing Green Australia says: “We have a deeply ingrained philosophy that we have a role and a duty of care to build the leaders of the future. If we want to do the 101 of sustainability for our industry, then we need to ensure that we’re building the leaders of the future to sustain the sector.

Club Culture Creates Success

For years Parkwood Village has been an important training ground for school-based trainees in hospitality. General Manager Cody Mathie says it’s more than just training young people for the organisation and the hospitality sector.   

Growing Graduate Opportunities

Lemon Tree Marketing are a full service strategic agency that began in 2012 with Managing Director Natalie Carosi. The Burleigh Heads agency has grown rapidly since, now employing 10 staff. Timing is everything, nowhere more so than in business as Natalie explains:

Engineering’s Virtual Future

GANDEN Engineers and Project Managers are one of Australia’s leading water and wastewater consultancies. The Gold Coast based company assists their clients in design, procurement, commissioning and operation of water and wastewater assets.

Digital Duck

Aquaduck is a well established Gold Coast tourism business that’s been operating since 1996. This year the company changed ownership with the new owners placing an emphasis on improving the quality of the Aquaduck experience.

Giving Back to the Community

HTG is a Gold Coast based company employing over 180 staff boasting a diversified portfolio of businesses across multiple sectors. While still very much a Gold Coast based company, HTG has a growing footprint globally.

The Digital Environment

Natura Pacific is a sustainability‐focused social enterprise that seeks to reintegrate communities with nature and promote a sustainable business model that can be used globally for social and environmental good.

The Startup Giving Students A Leg Up

Anonyome Labs is a tech company that specialises in data security by allowing people to take control of their private information. Their motto is ‘it’s not our work life, it’s our life’s work’.

Gold Coast Students Get The Big Picture

Last year Chris Boyd read an article about bullying in a local high school and he knew he needed to do something about it.

Students – Don’t Underestimate Their Potential

The Frizelle Group was first established in 1985 and is one of the largest motor dealers in Queensland with over 830 staff across eight locations. The group runs a substantial apprentice program with around 40 of those apprentices employed each year.

Growing Your Business Future

We live and work in a global economy and while that can literally open up a world of opportunities the prospect does present its challenges.

Sharks Nurture Hospitality Talent of the Future

Southport Sharks have shown a commitment to supporting and enhancing the student experience on the Gold Coast over a number of years.

Diversity delivers sky-high success for CartonCloud

For Gold Coast businessman Vincent Fletcher, investing in recent university graduates is a win-win for everyone at software company CartonCloud. The same goes for CartonCloud’s diverse workplace, where staff from all cultures and backgrounds feel welcome and part of the team.

Very’ pleased to support next generation of PR professionals

When Melinda Rogers and Michael Jacobson created Very Media they wanted it to be more than just another communications company on the Gold Coast. One of the priorities was to give back to the industry they love.

A Sanctuary For Wildlife And Life Changing Opportunities

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary places a strong emphasis on the culture of its workplace. Every team member that you encounter, whether staff member or volunteer, not only greets you with a smile but genuinely seems to enjoy what they do and the environment in which they work.

iEDM Wins Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Student Employability

Liam Howe is the Director of the local engineering, design and project management company, which on average has engaged the services of at least one intern every year since the company was founded in 2009.

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