Employ a student for industrial training
To graduate from an engineering program at UNSW, all students must complete a minimum of 60 days of approved industrial training. This helps to ensure that our graduates have the necessary practical skills to be effective professional engineers.
Industrial training must take place during the student’s degree. Students may undertake industrial training either in a block of full time work (e.g. over the summer break), or one or two days per week over a number of months. Industrial training can be completed with a single employer or across multiple work placements, and traineeships can be for less than 60 days.
Benefits of industrial training for employers
- An enthusiastic student who has often completed 2-3 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 – e.g. R&D, process improvements, etc.
- Link with fourth year thesis topics and industry-based research
How to employ a student for industrial training
Selecting a student
There are a number of ways to select a student for industrial training, including:
- An application letter
- A phone interview
- Scheduled group briefing sessions
- Individual face-to-face or Skype interviews
- An individual recommendation from the School
We can also conduct a preliminary assessment of student applications, passing on the best applications to help you save time.
Type of work
The purpose of industrial training is to provide student with practical, engineering-related work experience. Suitable roles might include:
- Site-based experience – assisting project engineers, or even trade-based experience
- Assisting with design and modelling
- 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.
We encourage our employers to pay their trainees, 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
As a general guideline, payment can be related to the remuneration of a graduate engineer on a sliding scale as shown below:
- Fourth year, prior to graduation 80% - 100%
- End of third year 60% - 80%
- End of second year 40% - 60%
Contact the Industrial Training Coordinator
To place trainee opportunities on the School website or for further information, please contact Kane Murdoch or call (02) 9385 4093.