Retaining Riverina talent: Accessing grants and support to hire local STEM Interns

An upcoming breakfast event in Wagga Wagga offers an invaluable opportunity for local businesses to explore the CSIRO’s Generation STEM Links program and tap into the pool of pre-screened STEM students equipped with specific skills.

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In the heart of Riverina, where the promise of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries holds the potential to transform local economies, an upcoming event is set to showcase a significant initiative aimed at nurturing regional talent and bolstering the workforce in energy and technology sectors.

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, Charles Sturt University will host a free breakfast event aimed at businesses seeking top-performing talent for short-term projects.

Generation STEM Links is a hands-on internship program that pairs NSW students in their second to last to final year of study in STEM degrees and qualifications with industry to allow both sides to learn, connect and innovate.

  • The internship structure is flexible and runs for a minimum of 200 hours (5-6 weeks full-time to a maximum of 25 weeks part-time).
  • As part of the paid internship students are employed by the business to participate in real-world projects and have the chance to secure future employment.
  • Industry partners will receive $2,500 per student from Generation STEM Links after completion of the internship to help cover their time and expenses.

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Learn how CSIRO’s Generation STEM Links program can assist businesses in attracting and retaining high-quality junior professionals.
  • Gain insights from local industry with guest speaker Paul Moonie, Founder, Director & CEO at HaloCell.
  • Workshop project opportunities to pair with NSW students in their penultimate to final year of study, thereby fostering collaboration and innovation.

The significance of initiatives like Generation STEM Links extends beyond individual success stories. They play a significant role in shaping regional economies, attracting and retaining skilled professionals, and fostering a culture of innovation. With government support and industry collaboration, initiatives like these hold the key to unlocking the full potential of STEM industries in regional Australia.

To register for the May 9 breakfast events for business interested in learning more, go here.

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