Australian mentorship scheme offers UK under 24s a chance to work abroad

The opportunity of lifetime awaits young UK residents as the launch of the Mentor Me scheme gives eight lucky winners the chance to work and live in Australia for a month.

STA Travel and the Government of South Australia have teamed up to offer the placements which will take place at eight prestigious companies. The scheme is also backed by Karren Brady CBE of The Apprentice fame. 

From daring ventures such as tagging sharks to active pursuits such as assisting with wildlife tours, there’s a range of opportunities to suit all tastes. You’ll also have the opportunity to work at iconic venues like the Adelaide Oval and the oldest family run winery in Australia, or get involved in a bit of culture at the Adelaide Fringe or the Art Gallery of South Australia. The eight mentorships on offer are:

–    Assistant Shark Scientist at Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

–    Operations and Events Officer at the Adelaide Oval

–    Fringe Coordinator at the Adelaide Fringe

–    Experience Guide at Southern Ocean Lodge hotel

–    Exhibition Intern at the Art Gallery of South Australia

–    Vineyard and Cellar Door Executive at Yalumba winery

–    Food Ambassador at Vili’s Pies

–    Destination, Marketing and Events Coordinator at The South Australian Tourism Commission

An ideal way to get work experience

As work is becoming increasingly difficult to find for the under-24 market, these eight placements are an ideal way to get more experience in the workplace and they offer an exciting addition to any CV.

Managing Director for STA Travel UK Glen Mintrim said: “Gaining quality meaningful work experience is crucial to today’s employment market. There is a huge competition for every job vacancy and so having something like a month long placement in Australia on your CV will really help you stand out from the crowd.”

Karren Brady also added that if she was under 30 she would “grab this opportunity with both hands,” adding that it’s an “irresistible combination.”

Along with the great experience of working abroad, the opportunity highlights the fantastic experiences on offer in south Australia, with most of the opportunities based away from the traditional and popular tourist hotspots of Melbourne and Sydney.

Working holiday visas

Winners will receive flight, accommodation and an allowance for their four week stay. the competition closes on 7 March 2014.

STA Travel reported than in 2013 sales of the Working Holiday Visa rose by more than 30%, showing that young people are really looking towards boosting their CV and work experience somewhere further afield. If you would like to see what working abroad is all about, then get in touch with us about our Australian working visas which are easy to apply for and gives you a great vehicle to inject some life into your CV.

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