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Cairns Trials World-Leading Global Skills Passport


The trial of a pilot app platform will lure more international students to Cairns.  

Study Cairns and Study Queensland are  launching the ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere Global Skills Passport’ targeting 12,000 international students.

It will build portfolios and micro-credentials of globally relevant employability skills developed together with their study experience in Cairns.

The Global Skills Passport app is part of Study Cairns Connects – a systematic program of employability experiences for domestic and international students to engage a growing network of Cairns business, community and Government organisations.

Study Cairns Connect offers students the Global Skills Passport, Bootcamp, Volunteering program, Gen[IN] innovation hackathon, projects and an internship program. These programs sit alongside the many employability experiences offered by Cairns-based education providers.

“With Study Queensland’s international education tagline ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere’, this exciting pilot project showcases the opportunity for international students to study in a unique regional Queensland location like Cairns. Participation in the project empowers students to develop transferrable global skills like service orientation, innovation, teamwork and communication. This is a bold, world-leading ‘region scale’ initiative and potentially serves as a pilot for broader adaptation by other Queensland international education regions” said Study Cairns President Carol Doyle.

The ‘Start Here’ Go Anywhere’ Global Skills Passport app, delivered in partnership with Australian education technology start-up Practera, is a personalised employability, e-portfolio & micro-credentialing app, available to 12,000 post-secondary students during their study in Cairns.

The Global Skills Passport app and introductory workshops aim to build students’ employability mindset.

The app is designed to equip students with a World Economic Forum 21st century skills-based framework, provide a tool to promote employability activities and opportunities, engagement through gamification in capturing experiential learning and competencies, review the evidence of their achievements and issue open badge standard micro-credential certificates compatible with social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

For students, this resource provides an engaging, gamified and digital tool to help them build and demonstrate the experiences and skills they need to succeed in the fast changing future of work.

The app will be an integral part of the Cairns Student Hub and engage students with employability opportunities through Connects and from local providers.

This will be a world first ‘region scale’ pilot of an employability micro-credentialing system and has potential for broader take-up across Queensland.