Study Gold Coast Employability Program overview

Mrs Shannon Willoughby1

1CEO, Study Gold Coast 

Study Gold Coast has taken a principal role in Australia’s largest city-wide student employability program, aimed at showcasing career opportunities, facilitating stronger connections between students and industry and boosting our economy. The major supporters of the program are Gold Coast City Council, the Business Advisory Board and education providers including all Gold Coast universities and TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

This presentation will explain how the Employability program aims to enhance the student experience through promoting the relationship and connection between employers and students. In positioning the Gold Coast as an education city the goal is to keep top talent on the Gold Coast through improved graduate outcomes thus leading the economic growth of the diverse businesses of tomorrow.

As part of this program a key development is the launch of the Student Hub in August, open to all students on the Gold Coast as a place for students to Connect, Learn, Explore and Support. The commitment and funding by Queensland State Government of the hub supports Study Gold Coast’s mission to promote, grow and unite the city’s education sector, enhancing student experience and increasing employability on the Gold Coast.


Shannon Willoughby is the Chief Executive Officer and Committee Secretary of Study Gold Coast, the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector.

Holding a Bachelor of Communication from Bond University, Shannon is a former senior journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin. Also the former long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast, Shannon is infinitely passionate about the Gold Coast and has been a leader in drawing attention to the city’s issues and potential. Shannon is currently Councillor for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s (CCIQ) Gold Coast Regional Policy Council and board member of Ohana for Youth, Gen-Z Employment and Regional Development Australia.


The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

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ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education.

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