Work experience by degrees

La Trobe University and Bendigo based IT companies are calling for applications from rural and regional high school students for the new Industry Integrated Bachelor of Information Technology (IIBIT) Cadetship Program. 

typing-one-handed-standardWayne Robertson, General Manager, Integrating Technology, says that the cadetships are a great opportunity for students who have an interest in technology and its applications and would like to combine work in the industry with study.

‘The IT cadetships combine practical hands on problem solving tasks with sound theory. This will make the cadets highly sought after in an industry that sometimes struggles to attract high quality graduates,’ said Mr Robertson.

Mitchell Duff moved from Tocumwal early this year after successfully applying for an IIBIT cadetship last year. He is studying part time at La Trobe University Bendigo while working at Integrating Technology.

‘I like the idea of being able to gain work experience while getting training. It also made it a lot easier to move out of home as far as the financial side of it goes, as I can support myself without having to rely on my parents.

‘I’m learning skills you can't learn in a classroom alone. Like how to deal with clients when I am working at the help desk.’

Mitchell was surprised at how easy it was to settle in Bendigo. ‘Coming from a farm outside a very small town, life is a lot different living in a city. Shops and work are close and accessible. I enjoy it here. It is easy enough to drive back for a weekend.’

Bendigo Community Telco, Community Telco Australia, Bendigo IT, Integrating Technology and the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are offering cadetships for applicants wishing to study in La Trobe’s Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) courses in 2013.

Anyone interested in finding out more about La Trobe University IT programs can visit and click on ‘Industry-based learning and cadetships,’ email, call Mary Martin, IT Courses Coordinator at La Trobe University Bendigo or attend one of two information sessions that will take place from 5.30 to 7.00 pm on 28 August and 12 September at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre.

Applications for the cadetship program are now open and close 30 September 2012


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