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Future engineers linked in with Limestone Coast businesses

Following a successful tour in 2021, StudyAdelaide and Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) have partnered again to introduce a further 25 international students studying engineering and biotechnology to prospective employers in the Limestone Coast.

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” said RDALC CEO, David Wheaton.

“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” said Mr Wheaton.

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 per cent of international students would consider working in a regional area. These tours are a vital link to connect students with potential employers in the Limestone Coast and have been very successful to date” Ms Johnston said.

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. 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” said Mr Han.

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 on 8723 1057 or email hayley@rdalc.org.au



• Jodie McDonald, StudyAdelaide, on 0406 102 392

• David Wheaton, CEO RDALC, 0417 885 920

Caption: Andrew Martin from ACE Fabrication in Keith and Susan Kandel at the Bordertown StudyAdelaide visit.

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