A PRESENTATION aimed at encouraging students to gain work experience was held at La Trobe University on Tuesday.
City of Greater Bendigo Business Development manager Peter Jeffery presented the concept of Horizons, a website which offers students with a list of work experience opportunities, to students.
He said about 20 students learned about Horizons and how it could boost their job prospects when they finished school.
“So far Horizons has just been for Bendigo primary, secondary and tertiary students but we are hoping to expand the website to cover the Central Goldfields and Mount Alexander shires,” Mr Jeffery said.
“We are hoping to create a small team of seven students to help develop some documents to support the growth of Horizons in these areas.
“Students will assist with the development of a social media campaign, promotional items and radio advertisements for the Central Goldfields Shire.”
Mr Jeffery said students who are involved in this new initiative would be gaining hands on experience in their particular field of study.
He said students would also gain course credits for their work.
Mr Jeffery said Central Goldfields Shire councillors had already endorsed the roll out of Horizons in their region.
He said the council was currently developing a committee to help organise the introduction of Horizons within the shire.
"It is a great opportunity and I think the students were excited about it," Mr Jeffery said.
About 200 students had already utilized what the Horizons website was offering since it was launched in March.
Mr Jeffery said it was important, especially for university students to complete work experience.
"Students will be gaining real world experience," he said. "Work experience is what will separate you from others when you go in for a job interview."
For more information about Horizons visit www.careerhorizons.com.au