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Sympled 2022 Darwin

Symposium on Leading Education Recruitment

This year the Symposium on Leading Education Recruitment took place in Darwin – the most student-friendly destination in Australia to study and build a career.

The theme this year reflected looking to get international mobility back safely to Australia after the challenging years of the pandemic.

Study NT graciously organised a unique “family tour” for a selected group of interstate education agents so that they could get a little experience of life “up north”, with a week of planned activities and networking events. Spread across the week, the education agents were taken to various Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to meet their staff and see the college campuses, including our very own, Alana Kaye College. As the largest private provider in the Northern Territory market, it was a pleasure to be able to host them and talk to them about our college.

Mid-week the education agents were guided through an indigenous cultural experience where they could learn traditional customs, introduction to language, and traditional fire making from the local first nations people, the Larrakia People. This was conducted by a professional Aboriginal Cultural Guide. They were also treated to a morning cruise to the Corroboree Billabong, which is part of the Mary River Wetlands, home of the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world… But don’t worry, they all made it back in one piece!

Later in the week the RTOs staff and agents were able to meet once more for an international education and training showcase, uniquely located at Crocosaurus Cove, a crocodile themed adventure park. This meeting allowed agents to have additional time to connect with RTOs and learn more about their schools and the courses offered, while also getting to see some native animals from the Northern Territory up close and personal. The day finished with a welcome reception at the VIP area at the world famous Mindil Beach Markets, where the agents got to experience the perfect Darwin sunset across the water.

For their final day in Darwin the agents spent their day at the 2022 SYMPLED conference at the Darwin Convention Centre, where the key topics of discussion ranged from education agent’s certification, ASQA review, perceptions of education agents, to international students in Australia, and how the industry will recover after the pandemic. The evening finished with drinks and food at Wharf One at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

We were told a great time was had by all, and we can certainly see why. Check out some photos snapped by our team from the week that was.

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