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MENTOR ME” – JUMP START YOUR CAREER IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

International Work Experience Programme Launched
February 2014: YOUNG Brits have the opportunity of a lifetime to undertake a month-long work placement in South Australia thanks to the launch of “Mentor Me”.
Backed by the Government of South Australia, the South Australian Tourism Commission and STA Travel, the world’s largest student and youth travel company, and endorsed by Karren Brady CBE, “Mentor Me” offers the chance to undertake a month-long international work placement at eight prestigious companies.

Bill Muirhead AM, the Agent General for South Australia said: “This is an opportunity for young Brits to pursue their dream job in Australia working in some of the most beautiful places in the world such as Kangaroo Island, the Eyre Peninsula and Adelaide. There’s a reason why Lonely Planet named it one of the top 10 places to visit in 2014 saying ‘Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled.’”

Whilst the outlook is improving*, the British employment market remains a tough one for the under 24s and many are looking outside the UK for opportunities. More than 70 per cent of respondents to an online survey by STA Travel cited overseas work experience as being “important” or “very important” to a CV**.

In 2013, STA Travel saw sales of the Australian Working Holiday Visa soar by more than 30 per cent against 2012 figures as young people looked for alternative means of bolstering their CV and work experience.

STA Travel UK managing director Glen Mintrim said: “Gaining quality meaningful work experience is crucial to today’s employment market. There is huge competition for every job vacancy and so having something like a month-long placement in Australia on your CV will really help you stand out from the crowd.”

Karren Brady said: “Ensuring young people have positive experiences in the workplace is vital to their future. If I was under 30 I’d grab this opportunity with both hands. It’s an irresistible combination – working in a dynamic sector and being mentored at the highest level in sunny South Australia!”

There are eight mentorships at prestigious companies in the fields of tourism and hospitality, food and wine, events and entertainment: (Full job descriptions and company profiles can be found in the background press kit)

  1. Mentor Me - Rodney Fox Shark Expeditionshttp://i.emlfiles1.com/cmpimg/3/7/1/9/files/4313861_mentormerodneyfoxsharkexpeditions300wide.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="223" hspace="15" vspace="5" width="300" />Assistant shark scientistRodney Fox Shark Expeditions, founded by the world’s leading authority on great white sharks. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with his son and other shark scientists on research, data collection and shark tagging.
  2. Operations and events officer – Adelaide Oval, the iconic cricket field which will host the Rolling Stones and other sporting events. The candidate will work across departments including marketing, communications, strategy and events and will have access to closed training sessions and season preparation events.
  3. Fringe coordinatorThe Adelaide Fringe, the largest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere, last year attracting 1.8 million visitors. The candidate will have the chance to work across all aspects of the festival, applying creative skills to everything from programming and artist services to media and marketing.
  4. Experience guideSouthern Ocean Lodge, a multi award winning, former Tatler Hotel of the Year and Luxury Lodge of Australia. The candidate will assist with wildlife tours, walks, kayaking, quad biking and more.
  5. Exhibition intern – The Art Gallery of South Australia, home to one of Australia’s great art collections founded in 1881. The candidate will work across several departments learning about marketing and public relations, public programs, publications, curatorial, registration and front of house.
  6. Vineyard and cellar door executive – Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. The candidate will taste and learn about wines and get hands dirty in the lab, bottling and distribution areas and of course, in the cellar.
  7. Food ambassadorVili’s Pies, an iconic family run Australian meat pie company. The candidate will spend time in four key business areas: marketing; export; production and quality assurance.
  8. Destination marketing and events coordinatorThe South Australian Tourism Commission, promoter of travel and holidays to South Australia. The candidate will work across four diverse areas including international marketing plus one week with one of the State’s leading tourism operators.
At the end of this period, each mentor will provide performance reviews and will act as a referee for the future.

Muirhead added: “The launch of Mentor Me highlights to young people that South Australia offers more exciting work and travel options than anywhere else in the world. No other region in the world has developed a programme like “Mentor Me”, which includes flights, four weeks’ accommodation a top-level personal mentoring and work experience, guaranteed to impress any future employer!”

Janice Kurrle, marketing director, South Australian Tourism Commission commented: “Mentor Me also gives us the opportunity to showcase South Australia as the ideal destination to travel to on a Working Holiday Visa, this is the perfect destination to work in and have fun doing so. The Australian Working Holiday Visa is a great mechanism for gaining attractive, employable skills and everyone who is eligible to do so, should take the leap. Inject life into your CV and experience the state of South Australia.”

ENDS

For more press information contact:
South Australia: Jovanka Ristich Jovanka@ipr-online.co.uk 01628 630 965
STA Travel: Louise Prior louise@priorpr.com 07786 227 572

Additional information:
*UK employment figures http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25841570
** Full survey results available in press pack

PHOTO CAPTION, L-R: Bill Muirhead, Agent General South Australia; Janice Kurrle, marketing director South Australian Tourism Commission; Laurence Bresh marketing director STA Travel.

Mentor Me, terms and conditions:
  • The competition will open on 7th February, closing on March 7 2014.
  • Candidates can apply more than one job.
  • Applications can be found on the STA Travel website: www.statravel.co.uk/mentorme where they can register, upload their CV and select which internships they are most interested in. SATC and STA Travel will then consider each applicant based on their CV and invite shortlisted candidates for an interview.
  • Winners will be announced on 30th April 2014.
  • Intern placements will be four weeks in duration.
  • Winners will fly to Adelaide in September.
  • Each person will receive a Cathay Pacific return flight to Adelaide; an Australian Working Holiday Visa; four weeks accommodation and an allowance.

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