Permanent Resident Employment Program (PREP)

Permanent residents, are you looking to secure a role in engineering and unsure what steps to take to get you there? Employers, are you looking to employ experienced engineering talent and need the pathway to find suitable candidates?

The Permanent Resident Employment Program (PREP), assists overseas-trained engineers to gain introductory Australian skills and knowledge while also matching participants with local and regional vacancies. PREP is a four-week part time and online program providing bridging skills and matching talent for permanent resident engineers.

La Trobe Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Hume City Council are inviting engineers trained overseas to register for a part time online four-week, pilot program designed to support participants in securing a role within six months of completing the program.

Program delivery partners Exner Group and Career Collective are experienced engineering trainers and career counsellors. They will be providing fourteen engineering-specific modules online over four weeks, with the objective of enhancing participants employment prospects and matching employers with newly-skilled labour.

What will participants learn?

  • An introduction to the Australian workplace
  • Australian recruitment practices
  • Quality Assurance and Compliance in Engineering
  • Best Practice Communication in Engineering
  • Presenting for success
  • How to apply for roles
  • Developing your networking skills and more


All successful applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently looking for a role in engineering.
  • You have worked overseas in engineering.
  • You have provided a current professional resume.
  • You have provided Educational Qualifications, Engineering Certificates and Technical Certificates.
  • You have provided Confirmation of Citizenship / Residency / Visa Status.
  • You have confirmed payment.

If you live in the Hume City area, to determine your eligibility for a Hume subsidised place please contact Megan 0416 023 007 or Connie 0409 825 280 or email


We encourage applicants to seek independent advice about their suitability and the investment required before enrolling into this program. This advice may be sought from your Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) Case Manager.

The initial training program is $2,000 payable on being accepted into the program. Then only if you secure and accept a contract of employment within six months of the initial training will you pay a further $8,000 during the contract period. If you do not secure and accept a contract of employment within six months from a participating employer, you will only pay for the initial training program.


Applications for the first round of PREP is now closed for participants.

Are you an employer? If you are an employer who is interested in participating in this program, please complete the employer form here and get in touch at for further information.

Application form for employers for Permanent Resident Employment Program.

For further information on PREP please contact


The Permanent Resident Employment Program is pilot program designed for professionals in the engineering industry.

For this pilot, the themes and topics that will be covered are focused towards engineers that have worked overseas and are looking for commence their career in engineering sector in Australia.

Currently, there is a long-standing workforce shortage of experienced engineers throughout Victoria. La Trobe University has a goal of being the partner of choice for industry, education, and the community. With Melbourne’s North and Regional Victoria being home to many migrant engineers and Victorian manufacturers alike,  A non-award short course serves the local communities, and matches skilled prospective employees for positions that require prior professional experience.

Despite COVID-19 conditions, Victorian manufacturers are in high demand for their products, and need more experienced engineers in their workforce.

  • Quality assurance and compliance in engineering
  • Occupational health and safety overview
  • Risk & safety module
  • Risk & safety case study
  • Presenting for success
  • Australian recruitment practices
  • Interviews and assessments

In addition to the topics offered, learners will have access to the following opportunities:

  • Networking activities
  • Individual coaching sessions

The program covers fourteen topics delivered over 4 weeks, within 2 x 4 hour workshops or lectures each week.
These workshops are hosted on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.

To successfully pass the course, it is expected that learners attend all workshops in addition to having access to workshop recordings and materials.

After on-boarding, you will be able to work through the recorded topics and resources at your pace.

The course content and program workshops will be hosted through Microsoft Teams. It is therefore compulsory you have access to Microsoft Teams. Sessions will be recorded although you will be assessed on attendance and completion of topics.

The PREP program aims to support qualified engineers find and secure professional employment in Australia. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to have their application documents reviewed by Career Collective during 1:1 career coaching sessions. Support will include helping participants identify and apply for available engineering positions via resume and cover letter reviews, job search coaching and mock interviews. Career Collective will actively liaise with potential employers to identify suitable roles and advocate on behalf of participants who are eligible to apply for available roles.

Career Collective, owned by Denise Egan has worked with La Trobe University over several years, including providing career and employability coaching to the School of Engineering students. This included the delivery of a range of career interventions with UG/PG and HDR Students.

It saw Denise provide 1:1 and Group Career Guidance and Coaching; Resume review, job application and interview preparation and assessment workshops. Denise’s University experience is supported by previous work with adult professionals looking to transition into the Australian workplace, including engineers. Denise is a qualified Career Coach and a member of the Professional Body for Career Professionals (CDAA).

Exner has been involved in both education for over 25 years, with a focus in construction, engineering and infrastructure project. Exner was founded by engineers and educators and has trained thousands of engineers, rail workers, construction workers, and more recently tunnel workers.  Exner train in areas of career experience and expertise. Exner are committed to the vital goal of inclusion and diversity in STEM – and we have developed many strategies to make sure this can happen. Latrobe’s PREP program is a great initiative towards this very important goal.

Exner's mission as educators is to connect all kinds of people, their work objectives and experience with real vocational skills that will in demand by the workforce. In training, Exner resource people with the current state knowledge and work tools they need to win and succeed at the engineering or construction role they want.  Exner's training includes examples and demonstrations of what is needed on the job, and how to manage safety as well as project risks. These skills make people highly employable and job ready.

Exner use innovative ways to teach skills, with digital innovation such as eBooks, VR and simulations so that our people receive practical experiences that are transferable to their work.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a key focus within La Trobe University's Industry and Engagement strategy.

La Trobe University is looking to help equip small to medium businesses pivot and accelerate through COVID-19 in addition to delivering programs to inspire innovative mindsets within our staff, students and academics.

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