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 the Content Hub and 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 23 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

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.

Learning to Fly

Gold Coast Airport, a subsidiary of Queensland Airports Limited, proactively contributes to the prosperity of the local community. In recent years the company has developed a series of programs to enable students to gain experience and employment opportunities.

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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