Industry partner information


All organisations with cadetship opportunities in science or engineering are welcome to become partners in La Trobe's industry cadetship program.

Partners have access to some of our most talented students and attribute a range of benefits to the cadetship program, all while giving cadets valuable industry experience.


As an industry partner you'll have access to some of La Trobe's best and career ready students. You'll choose from a field of high-quality cadetship candidates who will bring their training, experience and enthusiasm to your workplace.

By participating in our Industry Cadetship Program our industry partners:

  • gain an experienced program partner in La Trobe University. We structure cadetship programs to meet your business needs.
  • gain a skilled and motivated person to assist with a special project or ongoing operations
  • shape the skills, knowledge and development of tomorrow's industry leaders
  • open the door to further opportunities for exchange and partnership with La Trobe University.


Our partners' experiences have been consistently positive. In many cases our students have made valuable contributions to business bottom lines by initiating and completing projects which may not have been achieved otherwise, or increasing productivity during periods of peak activity. This is what some of our partners have said about our students:

Steve Sinclair, Senior Scientist, Arthur Rylah Institute

Sinclair notes multiple benefits to the program, such as: advancing students in their studies to prepare them for workplace, importing interesting and new ideas to the industry and a hands-on recruiting process. He would definitely recommend La Trobe's cadetship program to other industries. He commends the program for providing good value for money believes that ARI has had a chance to work with "smart, passionate young people" who have the possibility of becoming esteemed employees of the institution upon graduation.

Darren Kitteringham, Field Services Manager, Dimension Data

Kitteringham says Dimension Data has seen a number of benefits from the cadetship program: the cadets are able to bring fresh ideas to the business, provide a potential pipeline for recruitment – including as part of Dimension Data's graduate intake – and help build Dimension Data's brand among current students. He says "We're confident that if the cadets have a great experience at Dimension Data they will share this with their peers, which in turn leads to better candidates for all areas of our business".

Greg McDonald, Senior Operational Specialist, Airservices Australia

MaDonald's decision to participate in the cadetship program is influenced by "the enthusiasm of the students to demonstrate their skills". He has continued to be involved with the program because of the ongoing positive outcomes that have come as a result of participation in the cadetship program.

Kathie Le Busque, Community and Education Officer, The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre

The MDRFC has accepted 33 cadets over nine years. Through Le Busque's extensive experience working with the cadetship program, she has discovered multiple advantages such as: cost efficiencies, a source of fresh ideas and an efficient recruitment pathway for postgraduate students and staff. After years of success, she states that MDFRC "have found the program to be mutually beneficial to our organisation and to the students" and she would absolutely recommend the participation of other industry bodies.

Geoff Robertson, Development Manager, Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience has participated in the cadetship program for approximately 10 years. Robertson believes that other industries would benefit from the cadetship program because the program is "well run and much of the administrative side is taken care of by the University which is fantastic as we are all so busy". La Trobe is dedicated to making its cadetship program stress-free and enjoyable for both the cadet and the industry.

How the program works

  1. To join the program, make an offer of an Industry Cadetship via the Cadetship Office. You are welcome to offer multiple cadetships, which may be undertaken together or consecutively as suited to your organisation.
  2. The Cadetship Office will discuss details of the cadetship and determine the individual requirements of the company. Such details might include timing and geographic location of the position, requirements for the selection process for the cadet, details of the training and experience offered to the student and an overview of monitoring and  procedures.
  3. The position will be advertised to students undertaking the relevant degree courses and written applications will be accepted from students.
  4. The student will be chosen by a competitive selection process with organisation involvement as agreed.
  5. The student undertakes the cadetship under the agreed mentoring process with the organisation and is monitored by the Cadetship Office and evaluated by the organisation.
  6. The organisation is asked to review their experiences with the Cadetship Office as part of the quality assurance process.


What kind of business can participate?

Any business that has cadetship opportunities in science or engineering is welcome to join the program.

How long are cadetships? Summer cadetships are up to 12 weeks.  Students are generally placed full time during the cadetship period but we can offer part-time cadetships at the request of the industry partner.
What does the program cost?Industry partners are charged a small program fee each week and also provide a weekly scholarship to the student.  Further information on the program cost is available by contacting the Cadetships team.
Which students can apply for a cadetship?

Cadetships are available to students at La Trobe University's Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo and Mildura campuses who are studying science and electronic engineering degrees.

How is the program monitored and assessed?

The Industry Cadetship Office monitors all cadetships and keeps in contact with host organisations before and during the placement. Where possible staff visit the workplace during each cadetship and talk with the student and their supervisor. If an onsite visit is not possible, a meeting will take place with the supervisor and student via another medium such as phone or video conferencing.

All cadetship subjects are recorded on the student's academic record.

Both students and supervisors are asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the cadetship.

Contact us

Industry Cadetship Program
College of Science, Health & Engineering
La Trobe University

T: 03 9479 5763