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Graduate Employability and Partnerships Forum

A recent survey done by Graduate Careers Australia has shown that only 68% of fresh graduates were in full-time employment four months after graduation – compared with 85% in 2008.
With graduate employment slumping to its lowest levels as of late, the focus on embedding employability as a critical value and mindset throughout the higher education sector has never been stronger. While issues such as the lack of institutional capacity and resourcing continue to permeate, it has become increasingly critical to overcome barriers to developing key partnerships between institutions, employers and students to improve employability and meet industry demands.

On top of that, recent changes such as the Turnbull government’s innovation agenda as well as the reemphasis on STEM careers have brought about significant shifts in how we approach and design employability and industry engagement strategies.

The Graduate Employability and Industry Partnerships Forum will bring the nation’s most influential leaders in higher education and the industry to provide you with the latest trends and best-practice strategies for boosting graduate employability and establishing industry partnerships.

Delivered by an esteemed line-up of senior management and career services directors from universities, as well as HR directors from leading organisations, this forum will provide you with an unrivalled networking opportunity, frameworks to redesign your employability and engagement strategies to meet current and future demands, and the opportunity to benchmark against industry best practices.

  • Understand how to embed employability as a whole-of-institution strategy, and steps to achieve buy-in from higher management
  • Gain insights from in-depth case studies and best-practice strategies for incorporating employability skills into the academic curriculum, building capacity,  and overcoming barriers to industry partnerships
  • Leverage advice and shared experiences from senior management and industry leaders on the challenges and opportunities in work-integrated learning, placements and internships
  • Examine how the industry and higher education sector can prepare for the impact of the technology, innovation, STEM and the future of work


  • Examine key trends and issues in the graduate labour market and its impact on the higher education sector
  • Understand how graduate employability can be integrated as a key mindset throughout the institution, and frameworks to achieve buy-in from higher management
  • Gain insights into best-practice strategies for incorporating employability skills into academic curriculum to meet current and future industry needs • Receive first-hand information from employers and the higher education sector on overcoming obstacles to successful industry engagement and partnerships
  • Leverage shared experiences from Australia’s leading university and award-winning employability and industry engagement initiatives
  • Evaluate what the new Innovation, Enterprise and STEM agenda means for the sector, and how to translate this focus into graduate employability
  • Drill down to practical steps for overcoming barriers to international graduate employability
  • Advance employability outcomes through the use of data analytics
  • Attain insights into how the ‘expectation gap’ can be addressed and reconciled
  • Explore ways in which the industry and higher education sector can prepare to meet future demands of work


  • Senior Management
  • Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Provost
  • Academic, Learning and Teaching
  • Career Services
  • Student Services
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Industry and Employer Engagement or Liaison
  • Enterprise Development
  • Graduate Skills
  • Employment, Training
  • Internships, Work Placements
  • Alumni Relations
  • Human Resources, People and Culture
  • Talent and Recruitment
  • Campus or Graduate Recruitment
  • Recruitment Firms
  • Career Search Engines
  • Industry Associations

See more at event website.

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