New program set to drive business growth for the Gold Coast

A new initiative set to drive business growth on the Gold Coast has been launched by Study Gold Coast, in conjunction with the City of Gold Coast.

The Talent For Business Growth strategy is designed to connect international education and City businesses by ensuring all tertiary students, not just international, have the best chance to gain employment in our city once they complete their studies.

The initiative is the second phase of the Student Employability Program, a city-wide strategy and the most ambitious program of its type in Australia.


Study Gold Coast CEO Shannon Willoughby says with 25,000 international students choosing to study on the Gold Coast each year, we have a vast pool of diverse skills to tap into.

“Engagement between industry and the education and training sector is critical to ensuring the city is producing work-ready graduates who can become the next generation of business leaders driving the Gold Coast economy.”

The initiative was announced on Thursday in front of a capacity audience at Commonwealth House as part of the Trade 2018 program. The event, Diversity For Global Business Growth, was led by Gus Balbontin, the former Executive Director of Lonely Planet and leading disruptor working with organisations like Google X, Apple and Amazon.

Gus Balbontin’s keynote address was followed by an engaging discussion among a group of panellists comprised of Gold Coast business innovators and experienced diversity advocates addressing the value and advantages of adopting a diverse workforce to provide a competitive edge on the world stage.

In announcing the Talent For Business Growth initiative Study Gold Coast CEO Shannon Willoughby said, “this initiative provides growth incentives to businesses which engage with the education and training sector and rewards and recognises businesses which are already engaged.”