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'Speed Date' for CIT Innovation ACT Business and Students

Published: 15 Nov 2016

ACT students have signed up in droves to attend Get Connected Canberra #2, an exciting free event for employers seeking talented new staff, being held at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Reid today.

"speed dating" offers innovative businesses, start-ups and government agencies the chance to network with CIT, Australian National University (ANU) and University of Canberra (UC) students seeking internship and graduate employment opportunities to complement their studies.

More than 100 ANU, UC and CIT students and 35 employers, including Entry29, GRIFFIN Accelerator and KILN Incubator, are expected to attend Get Connected Canberra #2. The event will see employers give a brief pitch about their company and the skills they are seeking. Students will then pitch their skills and ideas to prospective employers in 5-7 minute one-on-one speed-dates.

CIT will host today's event incorporating CSIRO-Data61's student job platform Ribit with the support of CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN), CIT Student Association and ACT Government.

"As up to 80% of work opportunities are found through networking, these sessions help students sharpen their employment skills while building industry contacts. On the flip side, companies often find their perfect hire from interviewing multiple students in under two hour," Ribit Director Liz Jakubowski said. "We are lucky to be partnering with such great industry and tertiary institutions and seeing everyone working together to build engagement around new talent recruitment," Ms Jakubowski said.

CBRIN CEO Dr Sarah Pearson said: “Around 44,000 higher education students and over 20,000 vocational education students are educated in Canberra each year. We need to keep fostering local opportunities and ensuring that ACT businesses of all sizes can meet their growth needs through recruiting smart and enthusiastic students.

"Last May at Get Connected Canberra #1, 70 students and 30 companies succeeded in generating a strong buzz in the innovation community. We've had even greater interest for Get Connected Canberra #2 which shows that momentum is building for both sides to engage."

CIT CEO Leanne Cover said: "CIT is very excited to be working with Ribit and other partners on Get Connected Canberra #2. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect CIT's students with industry to help grow the ACT economy and advance Canberra's workforce."

Get Connected Canberra #2 starts at 6pm, at CIT Restaurant, K Block, Level 1, 35 Constitutional Ave, Reid.

Speakers include: Michelle Melbourne, Intelledox; Olivia Porter and Aagam Shah, Content Group; Liz Jakubowski, Ribit; and Liz Kobold, CBRIN. The event is a collaboration between CBRIN and Data61/CSIRO and other partners under the ACT Student Exchange program, and is proudly supported by the ACT Government.

Media Contacts: CSIRO Nicola Gracey 0423 721 187  CIT Deborah Nesbitt, 0402 398 612

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