Queensland’s State-wide Talent Program: Providing an innovative approach to enhancing the employability of global talent

Ms Megan Short1

1Study Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Study Queensland will discuss the importance and key successes of a state-wide talent and employability program to connect students, education providers and employers while supporting a destinations’ global talent pool.

The Queensland Government has invested $2 million to deliver talent and employability initiatives to create a comprehensive talent pipeline. This pipeline aims to attract global talent and engage them in a world-class education, value-add to their education experience through skill building programs and connect talent to Queensland businesses to enhance export capability and stimulate state economic growth.

Understanding the need to nurture a talent pipeline alongside the challenges faced by Queensland’s international students in securing meaningful work opportunities, Study Queensland has utilised experiential learning platforms to develop a state-wide employability program. Launch U connects students, employers, and education providers through different talent and employability experiences designed to build in-demand professional skills. Through these experiences, students develop skills for the future world economy using Study Queensland’s micro-credentialing platform to evidence these skills and earn a government backed micro-credential.

Since launching in June 2020, the Launch U initiative has supported over 720 students and connected with over 67 Queensland businesses and over 15 education and training providers. By facilitating these connections and offering a variety of talent and employability opportunities Queensland students have successfully built relevant, real-world professional skills, effectively articulated their capabilities to employers to enter the local workforce.

Megan Short is a Senior Project Officer at Study Queensland leading projects in the innovation, start-up and ed-tech space within the international education and training sector. Her work includes leading Study Queensland’s flagship talent and employability program, Launch U. Through this work, Megan supports Queensland’s outstanding global student talent to connect with industry, build their skills and launch global careers.
Having worked in diverse roles, from sustainability training, delivering institution-wide online learning strategies and leading the statewide gen[in] student innovation initiative, Megan recognises the importance of leveraging innovative technologies to support young talent to be future ready.

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