Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) is pleased to have partnered with StudyAdelaide and Workforce Australia North West Country to facilitate over 50 international students touring the region, with qualifications in a range of disciplines currently in short supply such as health, engineering, agribusiness, IT, and hospitality.

The students, who are either in their final year of study or who have recently graduated, were in the region from 17-19 April to meet with representatives from local industries including hospitals, nursing homes, regional health networks, engineering firms, hotels and local government to discuss employment opportunities and living and working on the Eyre Peninsula.  Along with presentations from key employers, students received presentations from right across Eyre Peninsula, with representatives from District Councils of Elliston, Kimba, Tumby Bay, Franklin Harbour and Lower Eyre, as well as the Cities of Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

We know Eyre Peninsula has been facing a prolonged health crisis and to have 19 graduates from a range of allied health services touring the EP, including 5 doctors, 4 nurses and other health services including radiography, psychotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition, to see the opportunities and experience Eyre Peninsula’s warm hospitality and style has been fantastic.

Latest research from StudyAdelaide indicates that 68% of international students would like to live and work in South Australia after completing their studies, with half of those willing to explore a move to regional South Australia.

StudyAdelaide Chief Executive Jane Johnston said this was reflected in the overwhelming interest in the tour by both students and employers.

“More than 180 students registered an interest in the Eyre Peninsula visit, and we have a wait list for future tours to the Eyre Peninsula and other regions,” Ms Johnston said.

RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney said the team was excited to be working with StudyAdelaide to facilitate the connection between prospective newcomers to the region and local employers.

“By partnering with StudyAdelaide and the local councils, we can provide students with information about the career and lifestyle opportunities that our region offers, which will hopefully lead them to consider working and living here permanently,” Mr Viney said.

As we know, the region is full of people who came for a holiday but stayed for a lifetime.