Industry IT cadetship program

Our Cadetship program offers your organisation access to the next generation of talented and enthusiastic IT professionals. With the current demand for skilled individuals, hiring a cadet allows you to attract talented staff and also support the industry.

Participating in the program also allows organisations to:

  • provide existing employees with a change to mentor or supervise
  • explore new initiatives and developments
  • research new ideas and fresh approaches in the industry
  • assist in making university education more relevant to the industry.

Options to become an industry partner

Option Industry Branded Cadetship Industry Placement
When Awarded before university course starts May be obtained following successful
completion of first year of university course
Description IP employs cadet who works for IP and completes the IT degree requirements with a combination of part-time and full- time enrolment over five years. The cadet then continues as a full-time employee in your organisation. The Industry Partner provides casual employment for students who have completed at least one year of their IT degree. Assessment for subject credit depends on the level and mode of employment.
Duration Five years: full-time employment with time allowance for part- time Uni studies(approx. 8 hours a week). Works full-time outside university semester periods.

One semester (13 weeks).

There are two types of placements:

  • In the first year of the course: non-payment three-hour observation placements.
  • In the second and third years: casual employment work placements of eight or 16 hours per week in semester-length blocks.
Type of Industry Partner (IP) Any corporate body employing IT Professionals Any corporate body employing IT Professionals
Uni/IP relationship Formal agreement; Industry Liaison Coordinator assists IPs in planning of programs, visits, invites to award nights, etc. No formal agreement; Student employed by IP for minimum eight hours per week (casual) – IT work, supervised
IP/student relationship

Employer. Cadets earn a salary package, including leave and superannuation. The Cadet is also eligible for pay increases as they successfully complete each year of the program. Industry Partners may also choose to assist with study costs and accommodation or training and development. The Cadet undergoes the Industry Partner's work performance appraisals and is mentored and supported by an Industry Partner supervisor.

Employer. A student becomes a casual employee only if you provide second and third year students with casual employment work placements.
Student selection The Industry Partner (IP) interviews, selects and offers cadetships to applicants eligible to be enrolled in the University's Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) or Bachelor of Information Technology. Candidates eligible at end of first year of IT course. Students obtaining IT employment must apply to have work program approved.
Financial arrangement IP's award rates for cadet salary. IP's award rates for casual positions.
Uni supervision level of students The Industry Liaison coordinator monitors the progress of all the cadets in the workplace. In addition, the cadet's educational obligations will be written into the three-way agreement between the University, Industry Partner and cadet. The cadet is academically assessed and supported by a dedicated University Industry Liaison Coordinator through reflective diaries, presentations (internal and external) and written reports.  University supervisor; Weekly blog journal reflecting on the learning experience.

How to become involved

If your organisation is interested in employing a La Trobe cadet, contact us for more information:


Phone +61 3 5444 7444


Phone +61 3 9479 1107

Current partners