Be a Job Maker

Be a Job Maker helps to build the entrepreneurial skills and experience young people need to thrive as the business leaders of tomorrow.

Focusing on young South Australians aged 16-24 transitioning to further education or work, the program engages participants with the South Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting them to start-ups, entrepreneurs, business, government agencies, and researchers. Experts in career planning, business and industry, education, research, entrepreneurship, innovation and youth engagement provide support and mentoring throughout the program.

Be a Job Maker builds skills in the following areas:

  • Capabilities – building capacity in areas such as ICT, creative and critical thinking and communication
  • Careers – exploring career planning and pathways
  • Experience – practical work placement
  • Entrepreneurship – fostering a mindset
  • Engagement – building connections and networks.

In 2018, the program will be run in southern and central Adelaide, incorporating learnings from previous pilots. The program is delivered by Flinders New Venture Institute, Career BluePrint, the Sammy D Foundation and Kiikstart.

See the Flinders New Ventures Institute website for further information and hear all about the program from graduates.

Matthew, 19, is a successful graduate from the first Be a Job Maker intake. This is his story:

After an early diagnosis of diabetes at age 15, Matthew experienced challenges administering his treatment and saw the opportunity to turn his personal struggle into opportunity, creating a product idea to improve the lives of diabetics worldwide.

Through his involvement in Be a Job Maker, he gained the confidence to realise his skills and progress his business, Wise Youth. He is now undertaking work experience, developing his brand and refining his business model. He is working closely with a fellow participant to collaborate on building prototypes. In the long term, he wants to create a team that builds an ongoing portfolio of new products.

Useful Links

Start-Up Adelaide Ecosystem Map shows over 100 programs supporting Adelaide tech startups, including co-working spaces, funders, accelerators, incubators, services and education programs.

Renew Adelaide is a CBD-based initiative securing short term low cost or free leases for startup businesses.