Regional students rewarded

Regional graduates from La Trobe University are set to get an exciting head start in their working lives thanks to an innovative new initiative.

A new Regional Reward will see students who enrol to study at La Trobe's regional campuses from 2016 the opportunity to undertake work placement relevant to their course. In addition, regional students who undertake a semester abroad are guaranteed a travel grant of $1000.  Funding will also be available to support shorter international experiences.

La Trobe Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), Professor Richard Speed said the Regional Reward is a part of La Trobe's ongoing commitment to regional communities. Through partnerships with local businesses, La Trobe regional students will be able to choose from an array of work placement options to fortify their degrees.

"The best way for students to learn how to excel in their chosen career is through doing the job, which is why we have secured placements for students at our regional campuses," Professor Speed said.

"We want to help boost our students' job prospects and provide them with the intercultural experiences all employers are looking for, which is why we're offering travel grants worth up to $1000 to study overseas.

"At La Trobe, we help people become teachers, nurses, paramedics, accountants, engineers, entrepreneurs and many other vital community positions. By offering them the best incentives to study locally, we hope our students will choose to build their careers in our regional centres and provide those communities with what they need to grow."

ABS statistics show that while about 40 per cent of Victorians aged 25 to 39 living in Melbourne have a university education, the number is half that for people living in regional areas. In Bendigo it is 25 per cent of the population, while in Albury Wodonga it's 21 per cent. In Mildura the number is just 17 per cent, and Shepparton is 18 per cent.

The data also shows people living in country Victoria who have a university qualification can earn significantly higher wages than those who do not.

The Regional Reward aims to address these disparities and will allow students to stay close to home, while accessing the same opportunities as their city counterparts.

Students who enrol at La Trobe's Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Shepparton or Mildura campuses will receive the reward. For more information, students can visit the website.

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Media contact

Leah Humphrys, Media and Communications Officer

T:  + 61 3 9479 5353  E: l.humphrys@latrobe.edu.au

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