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CareerTrackers Founder and CEO Michael Combs, USQ student and CareerTracker internet Adrian Train, Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla, and CISER Operational Support Manager Phillip Dreise
USQ has a new partner in its commitment to developing better access to university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

USQ’s College of Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) has signed an agreement with national non-profit organisation CareerTrackers.

The CareerTrackers University 10x10 Initiative is a 10 year agreement signed by 10 universities to achieve the mutual goal of improving educational outcomes and job prospects for Indigenous students upon graduation.

CISER Operational Support Manager Phillip Dreise said it was another example of USQ’s dedication to promoting higher levels of participation in tertiary education.

“This is great for our students – even more support to assist them gain employment in their chosen field,” Mr Dreise said.

CISER and CareerTrackers will assist Indigenous students transitioning into university, supporting them with an internship with the intention of them transitioning into the workforce after graduation.

A number of Indigenous students have already signed up to CareerTracker internships, with another cohort earmarked for next semester.

CareerTrackers works with Indigenous university students and private sector companies to create career pathways through structured internships.

It provides services to help students prepare for the workplace, including professional development training and creating a national network of Indigenous pre-professional university students.

Learn more about CISER, including it community and programs, at www.usq.edu.au/ciser.