Lifebridge was founded with one core idea in mind: to bridge the gap between university students and the work environment in a seamless, innovative, and practical way.
Our Mission is to improve the employability and professional capabilities of university graduates and older, experienced professionals who are unemployed for a significant time to secure paid employment.
Through the combination of technical leadership, market leading technologies and talented people, we will create an iconic pathway to bridge the gap between tertiary education and beyond and the workplace.
Our values reflect who we are and what we stand for as a company:
Life Bridge institute aims to improve the employability and professional capabilities of engineering and commerce graduates seeking paid employment, and older, experienced professionals interested in career development between periods of paid employment. Both target groups include migrants who often experience greater barriers to employment than locals
We are building on recent UWA research on the transition from engineering education to workplace practice, identifying reasons why many graduates struggle to find paid employment.
The research also identified knowledge with the potential to improve performances of Australian firms in the engineering and resources sectors. We are establishing a support programme “LifeBridge” that provides a professional work setting for the target group participants. They work together as an unpaid consultancy firm on real industrial projects waiting for appropriate finance, in an appropriately equipped office space. The office operates as a co-working space: participants contribute a modest monthly fee towards the running cost. Experienced participants, under guidance from the founders, provide supervision and training to graduates. Both groups build their skills and knowledge together, creating sufficient capacity to pass on new knowledge to others as some of the participants gain employment and new participants enter the programme.
As senior participants learn teaching skills they also contribute to a written and recorded body of knowledge in the form of books, video lectures, podcasts, and other media covering topics such as:
Local business engagement
Graduate LifeBridge participants acquire networking and job-seeking skills, professional knowledge, perception skills, and collaborative working skills that are seldom even mentioned in universities where few if any teaching staff have extensive professional work experience.
The individual grading practices intrinsic to formal education tend to inhibit even the realisation among graduates that their future depends on collaborative, interdependent work. The learning activities provided by LifeBridge provide a much more suitable environment for graduates to change their outlook and start acquiring the collaborative work skills they will need.
Experienced participants acquire higher level teaching and perception skills, and they also benefit from new knowledge on how professional work, particularly in engineering, contributes economic and social value. They also expand their professional knowledge in areas outside their earlier experience, boosting their employability. Though it is still too early to tell, the organisations that employ participants will almost certainly benefit from the new research-based knowledge acquired from participants' exposure to LifeBridge.
Part of the research knowledge came from analysing major project failures, and there is, as yet, little awareness of this research in Australian firms. Improving networking, the experience of a business environment and employment outcomes for CALD participants will also help build community cohesion and inclusion, particularly among groups that currently experience inferior employment outcomes.
Continuing research at UWA and other universities on education to employment transitions will enable the LifeBridge programme to be strengthened and, in time, replicated in other Australian states, even internationally.
LifeBridge Prospectus Draft, February 3, 2021
LifeBridge is a volunteer non-profit organisation that will provide professional development support for engineers and other professionals seeking employment, including migrants, recent graduates who have been unable to find paid work, and experienced professionals laid off because of economic disruptions.
Please view or download the Prospectus in PDF format below.
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