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Year 11 and 12 students across the Sunshine Coast are being given the chance to get ahead in the start-up space, following the introduction of an innovative program at TAFE Queensland’s Mooloolaba campus this year.

Launched at the beginning of 2018, with the support of Mountain Creek State High School’s Coding and Innovation Hub, Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Sunshine Coast and SPARK Bureau, the program provides high school students with a Certificate III in Information and Digital Media Technology (ICT30115). But what is truly ground-breaking about the program is its focus on developing our next generation’s ability to think in an entrepreneurial sense and embrace innovative ideas.

TAFE Queensland Centre Director for Creative and Digital, Angela Lisle said that the course develops students’ skills in coding and digital media, and teaches them how to apply these skills successfully in a real world context.

“The Sunshine Coast is rapidly expanding and with the recent announcement that Maroochydore will become home to an international submarine cable in 2020, the region will be the perfect incubator for start-ups,” Angela said.

“We want to give our region’s young people the confidence and tools to take advantage of this and create their own businesses, or at very least, provide them with valuable skills that will ensure they excel in their future career.”

As part of the course’s focus on innovation, students participate in workshops and receive presentations from local start-up success stories, which provide insight into entrepreneurship in the new economy. Guest speakers include 19-year-old virtual reality expert and founder of Raiz Promotions, NEXTi YOUTH and BeachCity Media, Macca Reardon, as well as AusIndustry Entrepreneur in Residence and Chief Executive of BwiseIP, Dean Alle.

“Our Mooloolaba campus is on track to become an ICT centre of excellence and we are doing everything we can to make sure we are leaders in this space,” Angela said.

“We’ve made great industry connections in the community, which has enabled us to secure experienced mentors who are able to share the lessons they’ve learned firsthand and provide valuable advice to our students.”

Based on the proportion of population who own their own business, the Sunshine Coast is the entrepreneurial capital of Australia – and with the introduction of the international submarine cable among other initiatives, the number of start-ups on the Coast are only going to grow as the region develops.


Give your teenager a head start and help them build the skills they need to turn their bright idea into a booming business of the future, by talking to their school VET coordinator about the application process for this unique TAFE Queensland program today.

 

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