I-PREP students Zijun Zhuang, left, Afreen Fatima and Jia Fan with Crowe Horwath Partner Mark Harrison.

Tasmanian businesses can now tap into a deeper pool of working talent thanks to a new initiative by the University of Tasmania.

Under the I-PREP program being led by the university’s new Industry Engagement Coordinator, Penny Stringer, organisations are being invited to open their doors to talented international students.

“There are many benefits to hosting an intern including enriching and diversifying your organisational culture with someone who has a youthful perspective, energy and global knowledge,” Mrs Stringer said.

“For the student they get hands on work experience in a real workplace, as well as developing transferable skills and experience for their resume.

“For employers, it’s an opportunity to develop and mentor the future employees and leaders of Tasmania.

“It’s a win-win for both parties.”

That view is shared by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey said the state was desperate for more skilled workers as it pushes ahead as the island of innovation and inclusion.

‘‘Here we have UTAS calling out for help from business to help students understand the workplace and also share their skills with Tasmanian companies big and small,” Mr Bailey said.

“The TCCI supports this powerful opportunity for UTAS students and our growing workforce which needs graduates who are in touch with the trends and contribute new, innovative and fresh ideas.”

For more information on I-PREP see International internship benefits from page 11 of the July 2018 TBR.