Over the past five years, the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) has worked with over 1000 industry partners, a milestone that places ICMS at the forefront of career-focused higher education in Australia.
ICMS is located on the Northern Beaches, NSW, just outside Sydney, but work experience through industry partners can take students abroad. Long term partner, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has hosted 58 students over the years.
Closer to home, Northern Beaches Council has hosted 12 students, Lakeba Group - 24 students and Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific - 30 students.
“Reaching this milestone speaks volumes about how serious we are about working with industry partners to ensure our students are leaders in their fields and highly employable,” ICMS CEO and President Dr Dominic Szambowski said.
“Thank you to all our industry partners over the years for partnering with us as we shape the leaders of tomorrow. We appreciate your support, your investment in our students and your willingness to mentor within your organisations.”
ICMS offers university-level degrees in disciplines ranging from sports management and international tourism to hospitality, events and property management.
With industry partners crossing the spectrum from global events agency CIevents, the worlds largest commercial real estate and investment company, CBRE to the Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC), the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Sydney based Australian Rules Football team, GWS Giants, ICMS students are given the opportunity to be at the coalface of the industry of their chosen discipline.
Industry partners, both in Australia and abroad, offer ICMS students the opportunity to complete the work integrated learning component built into each degree. The ICMS Industry Training placement entails working for up to 1200 hours (approximately nine months full-time) for undergraduate degree students. This is an opportunity for students to prepare for their future professional career by gaining relevant experience in their chosen industry, learning skills required and gaining valuable contacts and networks.
For many students, these internships translate into employment post-graduation, with almost 90% of ICMS students employed in their field before they graduate. There are over 1000 industry partners on the ICMS database, and in each period of work placement, ICMS works with over 100 industry partners.
There are also a number of industry partners with ICMS alumni at the forefront of the organisation, a fantastic scenario of past students giving current students the opportunity to take their first steps up the ladder of their chosen career. ICMS alumnus Alejandro Jara, founder of Black & White Waiters, offers an annual scholarship opportunity to current hospitality or events management students.
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