Entry-Level Opportunities

What Is An Entry-Level Opportunity?

At ACU an entry-level employment opportunity is an option for someone right out of school, or a person who wants to work for ACU that does not have much working experience or education.  ACU utilises traineeships and cadetships as a form of entry-level employment.

What Is A Traineeship?

Traineeships are a way to study for a nationally recognised qualification such as a certificate or a diploma while working in a job. Traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based and offer benefits which include:

  • The ability to work and earn money while you’re getting your qualification
  • A nationally recognised qualification on completion of training
  • A mix of classroom or workshop learning (off-job) and practical (on-job) learning
  • Real life experience in the workplace.

Traineeships allow ACU to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the entry-level of employment while assisting to provide the necessary skills to pursue a valuable career.

Staff in a traineeship will:
  • Be provided with a full range of work experiences required to develop the skills and knowledge needed on the job.
  • Have a manager or supervisor who will provide for on-the-job assessment processes and work experience to ensure progress in the traineeship is assured.
  • Have access to on- and off-the-job training in accordance with the traineeship.
  • Have regular contact by the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment during the first three months and then ongoing support and assistance, as is provided to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Be provided with a culturally safe workplace environment.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in ACU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network and other activities.
Some of the areas that a traineeship may apply at ACU:
  • Library
  • Administration
  • Laboratories
  • Maintenance
  • Information technology
  • Student Contact Centres
  • Reception
  • Finance and more

Managers and supervisors can learn more about creating traineeships by viewing the recruiting guide.

What Is An Indigenous Cadetship?

The Indigenous Cadetship Support Program (ICS) is an Australian Government initiative that links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with an employer in a cadetship arrangement that involves full-time study and negotiated work placements.

Cadetships give students real expertise from practical workplace experience, equating to graduates with greater employability and skills.  Additionally, students undertaking cadetships are provided with a range of supports that include being mentored and supported by staff, which can offer valuable insight and knowledge in the workplace.

A cadet works for 12 weeks each year, generally during semester breaks or alternatively, the 12 weeks may be spread out over the year as part-time work during semester. The ICS provides up to $7,050 per semester to employers to support cadets with a living allowance and study-related costs and offset employer administration costs. Other forms of assistance, including travel assistance for cadets who are studying or undertaking their work placement away from home, are also available. Cadets are paid a wage by their employer during their work placement.

To what areas can a cadetship be applied?
  • Accounting
  • Administration and management
  • Information technology
  • Librarianship
  • Scientific and technical positions
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Research
  • Marketing and more.
The roles and responsibilities of a cadet are to:
  • undertake and successfully complete the course of study
  • attend work and undertake paid work placements for an aggregate 12 weeks;
  • perform reasonable work tasks assigned during the work placement to a satisfactory standard
  • provide academic results for the course at the end of each semester of study;
  • participate with DEEWR and/or ACU in any evaluation or review of the cadetship or ICS generally

Managers and supervisors can find further information about cadetships by viewing the recruiting guide.