Uni graduates sticking around

December 11, 2017

Family: Ben Jondahl and sister Jordan Jondahl graduate together.

A new Cadence Economics report shows 79 per cent of La Trobe University’s Shepparton 172 annual campus graduates gain employment locally and contribute $13million to Victoria’s gross regional product.

Shepparton La Trobe campus head Sue Nalder said they already knew the positive impact their graduates were having in the Goulburn Valley and the report confirmed it.

‘‘Graduates are enhancing our community economically, but also socially, we need to keep our highly skilled students here in the regional Victoria,’’ Ms Nalder said.

‘‘We are filling professional employment gaps here in Shepparton and are reaching out to big employers, such as Goulburn-Murray Water, who need people in roles such as engineering, but also in business and human resources.

‘‘We’re working with big organisations to develop and maintain their talent base, the feedback we hear is when someone is employed from Melbourne they often only stay for a year before returning to the city.’’

In 2015, across all La Trobe University’s regional campuses, graduates directly and indirectly contributed $99million towards Victoria’s GRP.

The annual direct and indirect benefit of La Trobe’s presence in regional Victoria is more than 1000 full-time jobs mostly in health, education, business and commerce.

Ms Nalder said there were some great leaders in the community, who were moving economic development forward and she was fortunate to work with them.

In the 10 years since 2006, La Trobe University’s regional campuses have seen 14508 people graduate with 50 per cent of them the first person in their family to attend university, while women make up 70 per cent of the graduate population.

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