Sydney coworking community Tank Stream Labs has partnered with edutech startup Austern International to connect its resident companies to eager young talent for paid internships.
InternMe allows companies to post targeted roles and then track the progress of the intern with the goal to stop the cycle of needing experience to get experience.
In the 2016 budget the Government introduced the new Youth Jobs PaTH Programme (which stands for Prepare, Trial, Hire) and states that the Government will invest $752 million into helping young job seekers move off welfare and into employment.
There’s been a lot of debate lately about the value of a university education for aspiring entrepreneurs, with critics arguing that Australian universities have been too slow to launch initiatives and industry partnerships that give students hands-on experience. Industry, for its part, has been strong in its approach to students and this is only getting stronger, with Sydney fintech hub Stone & Chalk today launching Fintern Fever, an internship program that will see 30 university students work with a resident startup over the summer.
I am not usually one to call out startups publicly for committing faux pas, but when a seasoned founder implements a strategy designed to exploit a group of individuals by making them work for free and creates a platform that steals the original works of journalists, claiming them as the publication’s own, it’s not cool, and quite frankly, considering the founder already has a media startup under his belt, he should know better.
Ask the average university student about work experience or job prospects after graduation and you might see a panicked look in their eye as they explain that they’re not quite sure about what they’re going to do, but they’re open to anything and will be looking around. Sydney startup BuzieBee hopes to take that panicked look out of students’ eyes by helping them find relevant work experience while they’re still at university.