Our industry cadetship program is open to students in all of our courses. It gives you the opportunity to improve your theory and technical skills by working in industry.
Students receive an industry partner-funded scholarship for the duration of the cadetship. Cadetships occur during the end-of-year (summer) holiday period. Programs can also be structured as part-time.
The College of Science, Health and Engineering's Industry Cadetship Program supports students to undertake industry placements complementing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The cadetship program has run for more than 10 years and over 1,000 students have been placed in a range of businesses across private and public sectors.
How does it work?
Students receive a (tax free) scholarship for the duration of the cadetship. Cadetships occur during the end-of-year (summer) holiday period. Programs can also be structured as part-time.
Students enrol in a non-credit bearing unit (Industry Cadetship) to receive formal recognition on their academic transcript. Students from all year levels are eligible to apply based on the requirements of employers. Cadetships targeted to a particular year level this will state this on the position description.
To apply for the cadetship program students must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a current, full time student when undertaking a cadetship
- Must be undertaking engineering or science related course
- Students must meet employer requirements as outlined in position descriptions
Additional information for international student applicants:
- It is the responsibility of international students to be aware of visa restrictions. Please check your specific visa restrictions with La Trobe International
- International students who do not have Australian Tax Payer status will need to seek advice from LTU International on their eligibility to receive a tax free stipend.
How to apply
Applications for 2016/17 cadetship program need to to include:
- Cover letter for each position you are applying for
- Academic transcript.
Please note that applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Cadetship Information Session on 11 August 2016 and the application period will be announced as soon as possible on the website and through student and academic communications.
All applications need to be submitted online. The application deadline will be announced shortly.
All students who are applying for the cadetship program are encouraged to seek advice from the Career Development Centre on their resume and cover letter. It is a competitive application process with students being required to undertake interviews with employers prior to securing a cadetship.
Dates for 2016
Please refer below for timelines of main application round.
|Thursday 11 August||Cadetship Information Session (all prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend). This Information Session will be recorded and distributed to interested students at regional campuses.|
|End August||Cadetship applications open - date to be confirmed and announced|
|Mid September||Cadetships applications close - date to be confirmed and announced|
|From mid-September to mid-October||Interviews with industry partners and offers made|
|25 November||2016/17 cadetship program commences|
There are a number of benefits in participating in the cadetship program, including:
- An opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained through university in a workplace environment
- The chance to meet professionals to develop your understanding of workplace expectations, career paths and specialisations available to students.
- Expanding your professional and communication skills by building a relationship with your supervisor and other employees in the workplace
- The opportunity to identify projects for postgraduate study and occasionally future employment.
The experience of students in the Industry Cadetship Program is consistently positive. Past students have led projects, held real responsibilities and made valuable contacts with industry partners and professionals. This is what some of our past students have said about their experience:
Emily Scicluna, Bachelor of Biological Science (Advanced Science), Western Plains Flora Pty Ltd
Emily's cadetship involved many hands-on projects, such as "identifying native flora and pest species, collecting seeds from native species in the bush, seed cleaning and preparation, 'pricking out' seedlings and tubing, watering and weeding duties [and] moving of stock around the nursery." To her credit, her goals were fulfilled when she was offered a permanent position at Western Plains Flora. Her advice for prospective cadetship students is clear: "…while there is opportunity for the taking, take it! There is so much to gain, and absolutely nothing to lose." There are some things that simply can't be learnt in the classroom.
Austen Lavis, Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry, GlaxoSmithKline
Austen's experience with GlaxoSmithKline prepared him for future careers by giving him a "foot in the door" against competing job applicants, and by providing him with extensive knowledge about businesses and vaccines. He thinks that the people and experiences are too good to turn down and recommends all eligible students apply.
Annette Cavanagh, Bachelor of Science, Arthur Rylah Institute
Annette definitely recommends for students to apply for the industry cadetship program and advises that "It is a great experience that allows you to uncover possible career paths and create networks that will help with getting a job in the future….it really is an invaluable experience and one that you won't regret."
Who 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 engineering degrees, who meet the following requirements:
International student applicants:
|How long are cadetships?|
Summer cadetships are usually 12 weeks. You will generally be placed full time during the cadetship (minimal cadetships are offered on a part time basis).
|What kind of businesses participate in the program?|
Any business that has cadetship opportunities in science or engineering is welcome to join the program.
Organisations can be private or government, large or small.
Organisations are able to offer multiple cadetships. It is common for a large organisation to take a number of students sometimes within the one discipline or across a range of disciplines.
|How much is the scholarship?|
The College has a scholarship program. Under this scheme you will receive a tax free scholarship while on a cadetship. The scholarship varies according to the length of the cadetship.
|How is the program monitored and assessed?|
The Industry Cadetship Office monitors all cadetships and keeps in contact with all students before and during the placement. Where possible staff also visit the work place during each cadetship and talk with both the student and their supervisor. If an onsite visit is not possible, a meeting will take place with supervisor and student via other medium such as phone or video conference.
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.
|Can I return to the company a second time?|
Cadetships can be structured so that you're able to undertake more than one with the same company. For example, a series of summer cadetships can be arranged to provide an opportunity for you to continue to gain exposure to the work place as you progress through your studies. This depends on the individual circumstance of the employer with whom you're undertaking your cadetship.
Industry Cadetship Program
College of Science, Health & Engineering
La Trobe University
T: 03 9479 5763