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EDITION 1 - December 2019

Houston’s Farm win Study Tasmania Award

It was exciting to see one of our Leap program partners Houston’s Farm be recognised as Industry Partner of the Year at the recent Study Tasmania Shine Awards 2019. Houston’s Farm received the award in recognition of the experience they have given to international students as part of the I-PREP program – UTAS’s work preparation program for international students.

Houston’s Farm have been involved as an industry partner in the University of Tasmania’s international student work preparation program, I-PREP, since 2018. They have hosted seven I-PREP internship students working across different business units. I-PREP students have been able to experience different facets of farm life from farm operations through the corporate aspects to support a commercial farm production facility.

Houston’s management have been very flexible with the experiences they have been able to offer students, often retrofitting a placement to the skills and interest of the student. They have also assisted the program by offering a placement at short notice for a student who was graduating when another organisation was unable to host.

Houston’s staff have spoken about the value that hosting an I-PREP intern has brought to the business. Briarna Hen, General Manager – Human Resources said ‘We saw value in participating in the I-PREP program from the start, partnering with the University of Tasmania to give talented international students studying here an experience of Australian workplace culture. We embrace diversity and have a flexible workforce through both short term, seasonal employees as well as our longer-term employees.’

I-PREP program industry breakfast

We recently held a breakfast event for our industry supporters of the I-PREP program (international student work preparation program). Over 60 of our hosts, or organisations interested in hosting a student in 2020, attended to hear about student and supervisor experiences.

If you are interested in getting more information about the program, or to register your interest for 2020 then please contact the program manager Leila Daniels (International Student Employability Liaison) on

What is Career Connect ?

Career Connect is UTAS’ online jobs portal that employers can access to advertise vacancies directly to UTAS students and graduates.

Over 30,000 UTAS students have access to the system and use it to search for local employment and volunteering opportunities.

This easy to use, free service is accessible to all employers in Tasmania. There are also a number of additional services that can be purchased to help you better advertise and target your vacancy.  To find out how Career Connect can help you with your recruitment needs, or to register your organisation as a user, more information can be found here.

Promote your 2020 Graduate Program

We can help you promote your 2020 Graduate Program through a digital promotion package on Career Connect. Talk to us about how we can help you market your vacancy directly to our students to ensure that you are reaching the most relevant potential candidates.

Examples of Graduate Programs we have helped promote in Career Connect in 2019 include: Tasmania State Government, Cricket Tasmania, Carlton & United Breweries, Hydro Tasmania, WLF Accounting and Advisory.

Rates for digital packages can be found here.

To find out more about how a digital promotion package can help you please email

Save the date - Leap industry event - Thursday 13 February 2020

We will be holding a special event, designed to showcase the different services and options available organisations to enhance engagement with the University of Tasmania and attract top talent.

Come along and hear about Work Integrated Learning, support available to advertise job opportunities and attract talent, as well as internships and more.

More details to come but mark your diaries now: Thursday 13 February 2020, 4.30-6.00pm, Hobart Function Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier. 

Meet the Leap team – Leap Industry Engagement Coordinator….

This edition we profile Penny Stringer, our Leap Industry Engagement Coordinator. Penny is focused on working with industry to better understand their recruitment needs so that the Leap program can be tailored to specific organisations. Penny has been with the UTAS Leap team since April 2018 after working at Beacon Foundation in a role focussed on College-based industry pathways.

Penny is happy to come and meet with your organisation to better understand your needs. Contact Penny by emailing