After a range of successful initiatives were implemented through the launch of Vision 2020 the second round of projects have just been finalised. From leadership programs to employability apps and cultural exchanges to professional development initiatives the collaborations between education and industry all meet Study Gold Coast’s strategic pillars of student attraction, retention, employability and experience.
Here’s a few of the highlights from our latest funded projects:
Swimming With Confidence
With the first wave of summer upon us and those long, lazy days ahead many students naturally start thinking about spending more time at the beach. Those crystal clear waters and golden sands are one of the city’s biggest drawcards and for a large number of international students that’s an irresistible prospect. But for many of them beach culture, much less the prospect of being able to swim in the surf, is as foreign and palatable as a Vegemite sandwich.
The lure of the beach is strong, but without the knowledge and confidence to navigate the waves the closest they usually get is being left high and dry on the sand. With that in mind the city’s only beachside university, Southern Cross, has partnered with Surf Life Saving Queensland to launch their Hit The Beach surf safety program through Study Gold Coast’s Vision 2020 partnership fund.
A Sports and Cultural Exchange
This week the Gold Coast is hosting 30 students from China as part of the Sister City Agreement signed by the City of Gold Coast and Chengdu earlier this year.
Boys and girls from three Chengdu based high schools, including the prestigious Chengdu No. 7 High School are enjoying a soccer and friendship exchange experience with Gold Coast based high schools including Trinity Lutheran College, Emmanuel College and Coomera Anglican College.
Insights Into A University Education
A group of international and local high school students had a taste of tertiary life this week at Bond University by engaging in a number of academic challenges. The High School to University Experience is a partnership between Bond University and local Education Queensland International schools, funded through Study Gold Coast’s Vision 2020 initiative. The experience is designed to give secondary students an idea of what studying at university on the Gold Coast is like.
Speed Dating Your Career
Health and community services is one of the biggest employers in Australia. Currently one in seven Queenslanders is employed in the sector and by 2050 the Gold Coast is projected to have the largest growth in this sector in the country, estimated to be worth $7 billion annually. In short, helping people, particularly the aged and disabled, is big business.
Vision 2020 projects
Casual Employment App
Kool Kids Training College and Story House. With a high demand for daily staffing in early learning centres across the Gold Coast, this app will connect students from Kool Kids Training College with employers. The app will automate workflows by notifying students who have opted-in for shifts at short notice using geo-location.
Industry Skills Development Symposium
TAFE Queensland and DWC International. On the back of the recent Study Gold Coast visit to Indonesia and new partnerships formed, this initiative will invite key stakeholders from Makassar to the Gold Coast for an industry skills development symposium to better understand how the education sector and related industries work closely. Local enterprises from Makassar will engage with Gold Coast City Council (including the Mayor), incorporating visits to our education and training sector and comparable Gold Coast industries. The visitors will build valuable connections as they gain a better understanding of our industries to form new partnerships and set up potential collaborations for educational pathways and development programs.
Gold Coast Marine Vocational Excellence Program
TAFE Queensland and Livingstone Christian College. The Queensland Superyacht Strategy forms part of the Advance Queensland initiative which has defined the Gold Coast as a priority action area that will share in the expected 8000 new jobs and contribute $1.1 billion to gross state product by 2021
International Student Outdoor Education and Leadership Program
Southern Cross University and Kokoda Youth Foundation. This project involves the development of an outdoor adventure and education program with an Aussie flavour for international university students. The program will provide the students with personal development and leadership training and an increased knowledge of the Australian outdoors through a unique local experience with the opportunity to forge new friendships.