StudyAdelaide and Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) have partnered to introduce a further 25 international students studying engineering and biotechnology to prospective employers in the Limestone Coast.
The venture followed an earlier successful tour held in 2021.
RDALC chief executive David Wheaton said students and graduates hit the road for a two-day tour of Bordertown, Naracoorte and Mount Gambier.
“This tour was a great example of regional collaboration between business and local government, with Tatiara District Council and Naracoorte Lucindale Mayors and staff, giving up their time to connect with students and businesses as we continue to tackle workforce shortages” he said.
“By partnering with StudyAdelaide, we provide a personalised and immersive experience for students with the aim of enticing these graduates to live and work in our wonderful region.
“This in turn helps fill workforce gaps across the industry with skilled employees, it’s a win-win for all involved.”
StudyAdelaide chief executive Jane Johnston said StudyAdelaide and RDALC had received overwhelming interest in the tour from both students and employers.
“Our research indicates that more than 50% of international students would consider working in a regional area,” she said.
“These tours are a vital link to connect students with potential employers in the Limestone Coast and have been very successful to date.”
As well as attending a mini-employment expo in Mount Gambier with 15 employers, the students went on site-tours, hosted by DMK Engineering, Mondelez, OneFortyOne, De Bruin Group, Bio Gro, and Whitty Engineering.
Participant Jason Han, a civil engineer graduate, said it was a great chance to experience different working environments and operation lines as part of the tour.
“I really enjoyed everything here: how people treat each other, the living style, and the working style too,” he said.
“To me it has really opened my mind to a different aspect of South Australia, a smaller but more comfortable living place away from the busy city life.”
RDALC and StudyAdelaide are currently planning another tour for later this year, focusing on Allied Health including social work, occupational therapy and nutrition.
Local service providers interested in participating in the tour should contact RDALC via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8723 1057.