The new Study Queensland Talent Program will give international students who choose Queensland stronger global employment prospects following graduation.

The new program will offer students employer engagement initiatives to build their 21st-century skills, plus an e-portfolio app to help them record their experiences and achievements in real time.

Led by TIQ’s Study Queensland team, the $1.6 million program is Australia’s largest ever career-development initiative for international students.

Announcing the initiative in late June, International Education Ministerial Champion Kate Jones said it would boost student employability and give Queensland a competitive edge in attracting international students.

‘We have great education and training providers and some of the world’s leading tourism destinations,’ she said.

‘We want to make sure everyone who gets an education in Queensland builds authentic connections and has great employment prospects, both here and globally. That’s what this program is all about.

‘It’s also part of our plan to attract more international students to study in Queensland.’

The Start Here Go Anywhere e-portfolio and micro-credentialing app – currently being piloted in Cairns – will be rolled out across the state in coming months.

Ms Jones said the app would encourage students to take up new and existing employability programs and let them record their participation in activities to help build their extra-curricular profile, allowing them to be more attractive to global employers.

She said the program would be supported by new Study Queensland Employer Champions, including Urbis, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and Bank of Queensland.

The new program is being funded through the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

It was launched by Ms Jones at Study Queensland’s 2019 International Education and Training Summit, held in Brisbane from 25 to 26 June.

International education is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with around 135,000 international students injecting more than $5 billion into the state’s economy in 2018.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-largest services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.