The role of mentoring in improving employability outcomes for Western Australia’s Indian students will be recognised at an event tomorrow, hosted by the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and supported by StudyPerth.
The AIBC Mentorship Program, which will be launched tomorrow at the Consulate General of India, will help Indian students studying in Western Australia to identify and access relevant employment opportunities.
StudyPerth Executive Director, Phil Payne, said mentoring was an important employment support, and likely to be an important feature of StudyPerth’s Employability Project in coming years.
“India is currently the top source country for Western Australia’s international student cohort, with the latest data showing a total of 4,564 Indian commencements for the year 2018, a 10.6 per cent increase from the previous year,” Mr Payne said.
“StudyPerth participated in the AIBC education roundtable discussion with education industry stakeholders in October 2018, during which mentoring was identified as a critical requirement for international students.
“Not only can mentoring assist students to get a foot in the door towards employment in their chosen field, but it can foster significant personal and professional connections that can help students along their study journey, or even when they need some advice outside their studies.
“Under StudyPerth’s Action Plan 2019-2025, we have committed to collaborating with service providers, industry, government and members to assist students in gathering rich, valuable experiences throughout their student lifecycle.
“We hope that by working together with AIBC to empower more of Perth’s Indian students to develop industry connections through mentorships, they will have an exceptional student experience in Perth and share their story through their networks in Perth and in India.”
StudyPerth will assist AIBC with their program by providing training to potential mentors on ‘how to mentor’, promoting the program through social media to recruit Indian students as mentees, including an information session on the program, and progressively working with the AIBC to review the program.
Mr Payne said the partnership between StudyPerth and AIBC had been further strengthened with the latter being represented on the StudyPerth Employability Perth Project Advisory and Evaluation Panel.
“The AIBC Mentorship Program will complement our own Employability Project and provide additional benefits to business, industry and the education sector in WA by making the Indian student journey more enjoyable and productive for all stakeholders,” he said.
“This shows great commitment and collaboration between the two organisations in finding solutions that will improve the employability of Western Australia’s international students.
“We are proud to work alongside the AIBC to further develop opportunities for WA’s Indian students to improve their employability outcomes and launch their careers from Perth.”