Employ a student for Industrial Training
What is Industrial Training?
Industrial Training is required of all students undertaking Bachelor of Engineering degrees at UNSW to ensure that our graduates have the necessary practical skills to be effective professional engineers. Students must spend a total of 60 days over the course of their studies working in companies relevant to their discipline.
The Industrial Training component of the degree is usually taken during the summer recesses at the end of second and third year. Industrial Training can be with one employer or more and traineeships can be for less than 60 days.
Benefits of Industrial Training for employers
- An enthusiastic student who has usually already completed three years of study
- Productive work at relatively low cost
- Trial potential graduate employees with limited obligations – the Industrial Training program is a very low cost recruitment process
- Industrial Training students who later join your organisation will better understand your business
- Improve the visibility of your company amongst our student population
- Provide leadership and development training opportunities for your junior employees as supervisors of Industrial Training students
- Undertake projects or other work outside the scope of normal business operations – eg R&D, improvements to processes, etc.
- Link to Year 4 thesis topics and industry-based research
How to employ a student for Industrial Training
Selecting your student
The selection process varies for each company - you may select a student on the basis of:
- an application letter
- a phone interview
- scheduled group briefing sessions
- individual face-to-face or Skype interviews.
Type of work
While engineering-related activities are preferred, the level of responsibility depends on the company and the individual.
Suitable roles might include:
- Site-based experience – assisting project engineers, or even trade-based experience
- Assisting with drafting drawings
- Assisting with preparation of professional reports
- Analysis of information or data
- Assisting in quality control activities
- Research on engineering related topics.
- An initial period where the trainee ‘shadows’ a professional to learn the basics
Review and feedback
Students benefit from constructive feedback about their performance in the professional environment. We suggest a minimum of one feedback session at the end of the period. Review and feedback sessions may also provide an opportunity for supervisors to reflect and evaluate their own performance as trainers.
A formal contract is recommended to ensure that employer and employee rights are protected. In general a casual employment contract is sufficient for these purposes.
Pay and Other Benefits
Pay is strongly recommended as it:
- offers an incentive to the students to perform
- allows students to concentrate on work, rather than maintain other sources of income
- may develop a level of loyalty to the organisation.
Generally pay rates are about $25 – $30 per hour.
Student Accident Insurance
As part of the normal course of business, employers would provide insurance cover for their employees for the duration of industrial training. In some circumstances, such as unpaid employment, employers may request a letter of indemnity from the University.
Introducing students to the workplace
Induction processes can introduce the student to the professional environment and the roles they might play. These typically include:
- Your expectation of Industrial Training students
- Company processes and procedures, environmental and workplace safety systems
- Information technology
- Confidentiality and other legal requirements, ethics and professional behaviour, including dress standards, office etiquette, etc.
- Communications skills, including email and phone, dealing with clients and with other employees, including support staff
You may consider appointing a ‘buddy’ to assist with the transition and a contact person outside of line management.
Contact the Industrial Training Coordinator
To place trainee opportunities on the School website or to contact the Industrial Training Coordinator for assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9385 5033.
Note: UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Industry Partners may send trainee and other graduate opportunities directly to students by targeted emails.