‘ The Brolga Project’ Building Regional Opportunities, Leveraging from Graduates in Australia ®
The initiative… By identifying students needing work experience, and regional businesses 1 looking for staff, The Brolga Project links the two together in a dynamic initiative. There’s a huge skills shortage in rural and regional Australia. University students often have to do work experience as part of their study. 1. The term ‘business’ in this instance means commercial enterprises, government departments , non-profit organisations and development bodies.
To encourage young people from urban backgrounds to do their work experience with rural and regional businesses. Many students will enjoy the regional experience enough to return to the placement business at the end of their study, starting their career in a regional community.
There’s two interpretations of ‘Work Experience’:
1 – 4 weeks of usually unpaid placement
1 – 4 months of paid work (vacation work)
Both interpretations are still in line with the project’s goal and support student’s studies
‘ Rural’ and ‘Regional’ as defined by the federal government, is almost anywhere outside the major cities and includes marine areas, regional towns and cities as well as farming and agriculture. (please click here for postcode listing)
‘ Businesses’ can be regional development bodies, non-government organisations, family-owned commercial enterprises or government departments .
Over a student a day is expressing interest in the project, their studies include 40 different subject areas:
But let’s address the question that is usually the first barrier:
Launched in October 2008, the project is currently operating under the auspices of a private company. In time it’s envisaged the project will be funded by an equal mix of user-pays, government support and corporate sponsorship, reflecting demands and opportunities of the project
There is a $200 (+GST) administration fee (user-pays) for placing a student: For some businesses, that will be the extent of costs (other than normal operating expenses), but some students are going to need support. Even considering top level support, it’s still very…