Our History

Revolutionising Graduate Employability
35,000+ lives changed and counting…

Gradability’s story began in 2005, driven by a vision to make a difference. Originally named Performance English, we set out to bridge communication gaps and help overseas-born staff integrate seamlessly into Australian workplaces. This humble beginning was just the start of our commitment to transforming lives through education and opportunity.

In 2008, our journey took a pioneering turn. Rebranded as Performance Education, we became one of the first approved providers to offer the Professional Year Program for Accounting and ICT graduates. This wasn’t just about education; it was about opening doors and creating futures.

By 2010, our passion and dedication had driven us to expand into Melbourne, where we proudly earned a spot on BRW’s Fast Starters List. We weren’t just growing; we were making an impact.

Seeing a greater need, we launched Performance Careers in 2012 to enhance the Professional Year’s internship component and partnered with universities to offer Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs. These initiatives weren’t mere programs; they provided real opportunities for countless graduates aspiring to kick-start their careers.

Our efforts bore fruit, and by 2014, we were Australia’s largest Professional Year Provider, renowned for our exceptional internships team that placed students in the right opportunities “on time, every time.”

Our success story continued with expansions to Adelaide in 2015, Perth in 2017, and Brisbane in 2018, where we quickly became leaders in each market, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to quality and results.

In 2015, we made a strategic decision to sell our English language training business, allowing us to focus entirely on our core mission: revolutionizing graduate employability.

This focus was further sharpened in 2017 when we rebranded as Gradability (“grad” as in “graduate” (not “grade”), “ability” as in “employability”), symbolizing our dedication to enhancing graduates’ abilities to succeed in their careers. With two key business arms, Performance Education and Readygrad, we honed in on providing the best Professional Year and WIL programs.

By 2019, the company decided to streamline its operations, exiting the Readygrad business to concentrate fully on the Professional Year Program.

Our journey took another significant leap in late 2021 when we joined forces with OES (Online Education Services), part of the SEEK Group. This partnership, built on shared values of excellence and innovation, empowered us to reach new heights.

Today, over 35,000 students have passed through our programs, with 40% gaining employment directly from their internships and 92% working within six months of completion.

Our vision remains as inspiring as ever: we believe that every graduate should have the skills and opportunity to pursue the career of their choice.

Through our unwavering commitment to partnerships, comprehensive programs, and a relentless focus on outcomes, we continue to transform the employment landscape for graduates.

Everything we do is about helping our customers achieve their career goals, be they students, universities or employers.


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