A new Australian-first program will help address shortages in the labour market by connecting international students directly with NSW employers across the nation’s largest and most diverse state economy.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens said the NSW Government through Study NSW is partnering with leading employment marketplace SEEK to deliver NSW Jobs Connect for International Students.
“More than 136,000 international students are actively studying in NSW, integrating into their local communities and investing in their futures, so it’s important that we support them during their studies and beyond,” Mr Henskens said.
“This innovative program will help students identify suitable employment opportunities and link NSW employers to a robust, diverse and reliable source of talent, which will help grow the economy and secure a brighter future for NSW.”
From today, the SEEK platform will include a “#NSW Jobs Connect” filter, enabling international students to easily identify job opportunities posted by employers, including Allianz Insurance and Cancer Council NSW who are part of the program.
SEEK Head of Government Relations Kadi Taylor said the pilot is a first of its kind, with employers across a range of sectors including finance, construction, manufacturing and technology taking part in the program.
“Many employers are unaware that international students have work rights during and post their studies, with many having the right to work for up to six years once their study is complete,” Ms Taylor said.
“This program is about bringing students and employers together through our platform and at in-person events, creating opportunities, and equipping both sides with the knowledge and skills to thrive.”
Allianz Australia Chief Human Resources Officer Vicky Drakousis welcomed the new initiative.
“Being part of this program allows us to support our growing business by tapping into a whole new talent pool, while potentially providing valuable career opportunities for international students. We’re confident these students will bring insight and diverse thinking to Allianz,” Ms Drakousis said.