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Industry Engagement

Our industry engagement approach to learning allows students to experience the real work environment and gain a competitive employability edge while studying.

Through our many industry engagement programs and placements, students develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to graduate with work-ready attitudes and professional work experience. At the same time, organisations benefit from the quality support, fresh ideas and energy that students bring into their work environments.

Swinburne is proud of building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, from multi-national corporations to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

How can organisations get involved? Submit a general enquiry form.If your organisation would like to host an Industry-Based Learning or Industry Placement Student see the relevant school area below.

How can students get involved? Submit an Expression of Interest in the Industry-Based Learning (IBL) program. (Design students see information below)

Information sessions for Science, Health Science and Humanities students will be held in March and August each year. The next information sessions will be held:

  • Thursday 7 August, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Room EN103
  • Tuesday 12 August, 1:30pm - 2:30 pm, Room AS404
  • Thursday 14 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room EN715

School of Health Sciences

For Students

Our flagship program, the Industry-Based Learning (IBL) program is a well-regarded university program offered as an option to undergraduate students (residents and Australian citizens) in which students undertake a 6 or 12 month full-time paid placement in an industry sector related to studies and future careers.

IBL is generally undertaken by students who have already completed two years of studies.

Download an Information Brochure about IBL.

Students obtain placements in a competitive environment with successful candidates selected by the host organisation.

Typical IBL Placements for Health Sciences undergraduates include placements as environmental health officer trainees in local government departments, trainee scientist in sleep, respiratory cardiac and neurophysiology departments within hospitals.

Eligibility

Generally successful completion of 16 units (i.e. 200 credit points) with 4 or more units to be completed, however you are encouraged to register your interest well before you are eligible. Note: the optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to international students without permanent resident status

IBL Placements are available to undergraduate students studying the following disciplines:

  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Chemistry
  • Psychophysiology
  • Biomedical/Psychophysiology

Students need to submit an Expression of Interest in IBL to gain access to placements available

Program Details

Placement Intake

Students are generally available to commence placements in the period:

November to February
(recruitment process starts August) or

June to August
(recruitment process starts April).

IBL positions are advertised on the IBL Preplacement Unit.

Information Sessions

2nd and 1st year Science, Health Science, Humanities students are invited to attend either of the following:

Session 1 Details

Title:
IBL Info Session 1
Date:
Wed 26 March 2014
Time:
12.30 - 1.30 pm
Venue
Room EW303

Session 2 Details

Title:
IBL Info Session 2
Date:
Fri 28 March 2014
Time:
12.30 - 1.30 pm
Venue
Room EN201

Further IBL information sessions will be held again in August.

Fees

Visit Student Fees for information on the cost of IBL. http://www.swinburne.edu.au/studentoperations/fees/undergraduate/

FAQs

What types of organisations host IBL students?

IBL is hosted by a variety of organisations including small to large companies, government and not-for-profit sectors and local and international companies. 'Tips on Sourcing IBL Placements' are provided by the IBL Office.

When can I participate in IBL?

IBL is usually taken in the year prior to the final year of study. As a Faculty of Health, Arts and Design student, you remain eligible for IBL until you have less than 4 units remaining to complete your course. You cannot participate in IBL if you have already finished your studies. Generally you will have access to the IBL Preplacement Unit (from which you can apply for placements) in the semester prior to being eligible for IBL.

Can I find my own position?

Yes. Students that are interested in a placement within a specific organisation may find their own position as long as the organisation is considered appropriate by the Faculty. Students are asked to discuss their placement ideas with the Faculty Cooperative Education Manager before contacting any organisation.

Who determines my duties on placement?

The Industry Partner, as outlined in the Position Description. Placements are related to an area of study or discipline and operate similar to regular jobs.

Are there any assessments required while undertaking IBL

IBL units of study are assessed as pass/fail. Assessment requirements are outlined in the IBL Handbook and in the Unit Outline. Assessment comprises reports and completion of the placement, and is aimed at helping you develop a portfolio which can be used to promote your employability upon graduation.

Do all eligible students who want an IBL placement get one?

There are no guarantees of placements for all eligible students. Industry partners interview and select successful applicants. Additional factors which may impact upon IBL placement availability include economic climate, organisation budgets and competitive processes

Can International students participate in IBL?

The optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to International Students without permanent resident status. However IBL may be possible for International Students in a student's home country or other country subject to approval by the appropriate IBL Manager.

Are there any costs?

Students enrolling in an IBL unit will incur a Student Contribution Fee: $3,000 for a 12 month placement or $1,500 for a 6 month placement. Students eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP will be able to defer this fee through the HELP scheme. Remember that students on IBL are also paid.

What help can I get with resumes and interview skills in preparation for my placement?

The Careers in the Curriculum unit provides you with advice about producing professional job applications and strategies for job seeking. If you have not completed this unit, you are able to seek assistance from Swinburne's Careers & Employment Unit on how to write an effective cover letter and resume as well as how to present and prepare for an interview. You are able to make use of the daily resume checking service.

What is the difference between an IBL scholarship and IBL Direct Hire?

The difference is related to how an industry partner elects to engage an IBL student. From a practical point of view, you are treated similar to an employee in both instances. Under IBL Scholarship mode, funds are provided by the industry partner to the University which then administers the scholarship payments to the student. Direct Hire students are on a salary, equivalent to the relevant Modern Award Rate or Minimum Award Rate as applicable and are paid directly to the student through the organisation's payroll.

Can I continue to study part-time while on placement?

Approval may be obtained to study one unit whilst on placement. Refer to the Faculty Overload Policy.

What happens when I finish my IBL?

Upon completion of a placement, students are expected to return to university to complete their academic studies, either on a full-time or part-time basis. If offered an employment opportunity, arrangements are negotiated between the student and the organisation (without university involvement) and any post-IBL employment contracts or agreements are quite separate from the IBL placement.

Process

Step 1. Submit an IBL Expression of Interest form

  • Submit an Online Expression of Interest form
  • Eligibility: generally successful completion of 16 units (i.e. 200 credit points) with 4 or more units to be completed, however you are encouraged to register your interest well before you are eligible Note: the optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to international students without permanent resident status
  • Attend an IBL Information Session (usually held in March and August) so you can be informed of placement opportunities
  • Check the IBL placements displayed on the IBL Pre-placement unit via Blackboard once eligibility is approved.
  • Prepare your cover letter and resume using the skills taught in the Careers in the Curriculum unit
  • Inform the Cooperative Education Manager of any prospective host organisation. Make an appointment with the Cooperative Education Manager if necessary

Step 2. Apply for advertised placements

  • Apply online for the advertised placement(s) that interests you. Generally, placements are advertised from August onwards until University classes recommence, or during the mid-year period (limited opportunities)
  • Contact should not be made directly with the organisation unless specified. If you do not receive notification of an interview within approx two weeks of the closing date, assume you have missed out
  • If you have been successful in obtaining an IBL position, thank the host organisation for the offer and inform the Cooperative Education office If you are comfortable accepting the placement 'on the spot', please do Note: this is a verbal contract and you are expected to honour your word. If you do not want to make a decision 'on the spot', ask if you can get back to them within a reasonable time (but the host organisation may wish to withdraw the offer if you do not appear keen at this stage). Think VERY carefully before you decline a placement - if you decline a placement, there is no guarantee that you will be offered another. Please keep the Faculty Cooperative Education Manager informed of your interview progress and success.
  • If not yet successful, enrol in your course units (it is possible to amend this if you obtain an IBL placement later).

Step 3. Start your placement

  • Read and complete any documents forwarded to you. This may be an Employment Contract issued by your Industry Partner, or an IBL Scholarship Agreement. It is important that an IBL Scholarship Agreement is signed BEFORE you commence your placement to ensure you are covered under Swinburne student insurance provisions. Be aware of any confidentiality requirements
  • Enrol in the IBL unit by completing an Amendment to Enrolment form if you are successful in gaining a placement. Submit this to the Faculty Undergraduate office
  • Know the name and contact details of your Industry Supervisor within the workplace. You will be informed of your Swinburne Academic Supervisor who will visit the workplace once per semester
  • inform your IBL Swinburne academic supervisor throughout the year of your progress

Step 4. Once you have finished an IBL placement

  • Students usually return to study full-time or combine part-time study with employment
  • Add all the knowledge and skills you have acquired to your resume, ready to promote yourself for when you are applying for graduate positions.
  • Check out What Can I Do With My Career?

Success Stories

There are many. Here are just a few...

Roselyn Leclair.jpg

Roselyn Leclair

Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

"Swinburne was the only university that offered my degree, with a course structure and subjects that were attractive to me. I gained many skills and professional knowledge during my IBL placement. My placement was undertaken with the Victorian Department of Health. It provides the invaluable opportunity of industry networking to help in future employment endeavours. "

 

Mark Katugampola

Mark Katugampola

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology)

"My Industry-Based learning year at the Royal Children's Hospital gave me the opportunity to gain some practical experience in the healthcare sector. I developed a vast knowledge of respiratory diseases and also gained a good rapport with patients and fellow staff members during my time at the hospital. With this experience, my career aspirations are now a lot more defined."

 

Jessica Ferguson

Jessica Ferguson

Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

"Swinburne offers a flexible learning environment, which is great because it makes studying as a mature age student a lot easier. I chose this course because of the variety of career options it offers."

 

Contact Details

If you are a current student and are interested in Industry-Based Learning, contact:

The Cooperative Education Manager - Science, Health Sciences, Arts (Annette Pelgrim)
Email: apelgrim@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 8753
IBL Office: Room AS327, PO Box 218, Hawthorn Campus


For Host Organisations

Program Details

Industry-Based Learning (IBL)

Industry-Based Learning (IBL) is an optional program for undergraduate students in which they are offered the opportunity to undertake full-time, paid employment in industry, in an area relevant to their studies.

Industry-Based Learning is part of Swinburne's suite of Industry-Engaged Learning programs.

Download a brochure about our Industry-Based Learning program. Other faculties also offer IBL.

Typical IBL Placements for Health Sciences undergraduates include placements as environmental health officer trainees in local government departments, trainee scientist in sleep, respiratory cardiac and neurophysiology departments within hospitals.

IBL Placements are available to undergraduate students studying the following disciplines:

  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Chemistry
  • Psychophysiology
  • Biomedical/Psychophysiology

IBL gives students the opportunity to:

  • Obtain valuable industry experience and professional skills
  • Gain insight into a professional career with networks
  • Gain income while learning
  • Increase professional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enhance motivation, confidence and maturity
  • Gain a head start in the competitive graduate job market

Research by Swinburne indicates that, compared with other students, IBL graduates:

  • Secure a job faster than their non-IBL counterparts
  • Commence at a higher starting salary
  • Assume a higher level of responsibility in their first graduate job

According to the Graduate Careers Australia 2010 Report, a graduate's employment history has topped the list of aspects that Industry Partners consider to be the single most important feature of a graduate's curriculum vitae.

Recruitment Process

Benefits for your organisation

  • Allows completion of short and long term projects in a cost effective way
  • Enables access to enthusiastic and skilled undergraduate and potential future employees
  • Partner with Swinburne and contribute to training emerging professionals
  • Gain new perspectives and access to University resources and programs

How to recruit IBL students

  1. Submit a Position Description. You will then be contacted by the IBL Manager, and the position will be advertised on our Intranet to eligible students
  2. Applicants will be forwarded to you to enable you to shortlist and arrange interviews directly with students
  3. You will advise the successful applicant of the outcome and engage them via your normal staffing processes or via IBL scholarship

Success Stories

There are many. Here are just a few...

Roselyn Leclair.jpg

Roselyn Leclair

Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

"Swinburne was the only university that offered my degree, with a course structure and subjects that were attractive to me. I gained many skills and professional knowledge during my IBL placement. My placement was undertaken with the Victorian Department of Health. It provides the invaluable opportunity of industry networking to help in future employment endeavours. "

 

Mark Katugampola

Mark Katugampola

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology)

"My Industry-Based learning year at the Royal Children's Hospital gave me the opportunity to gain some practical experience in the healthcare sector. I developed a vast knowledge of respiratory diseases and also gained a good rapport with patients and fellow staff members during my time at the hospital. With this experience, my career aspirations are now a lot more defined."

 

Jessica Ferguson

Jessica Ferguson

Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)

"Swinburne offers a flexible learning environment, which is great because it makes studying as a mature age student a lot easier. I chose this course because of the variety of career options it offers."

 

FAQs

What costs are involved in IBL?

The cost to IBL industry partners is the payment made to students, plus relevant on costs if engaged via direct hire. IBL students employed direct by industry partners are paid subject to the relevant modern award or minimum wage. For more information about particular awards/industries/occupations common rule awards, visit: http://www.e-airc.gov.au/crvic. Industry partners Students engaged via IBL Scholarship mode receive tax free scholarship stipends in accordance with Tax Ruling CR2006/3. Industry partners are not charged for IBL program administration costs.

What are the differences between an IBL scholarship and IBL Direct Hire?

Funding for the IBL Scholarship is provided by the Industry Partner to the University who then administers the scholarship stipend to the student. You should check for taxation implications. Direct Hire students are on a salary, which is administered by your organisation.

How long are placements?

Placements are usually offered for either a 6 or 12 month period. The choice is yours. Placements within this Faculty are full-time.

When can students start?

Generally students are available to commence IBL placements either in the period from December to March or July to August, following exams. This enables students to complete the academic requirements for their course.

Why types of organisations host IBL students?

IBL is offered by a variety of local organisations including small to large companies, government and not-for-profit sectors as well as national and international organisations.

Who determines the duties on placement?

The Industry Partner provides a position description outlining the nature of work to be undertaken while in the position. Positions are related to the students' area of study or discipline.

What level of academic studies will IBL students have completed when they start?

IBL is usually taken in the year prior to the final year of study. This ensures that IBL students have the skills appropriate to the tasks being set and that they have a chance to apply knowledge and skills learned at University to practical situations.

What are my obligations?

As an industry partner, you are required to appoint an Industry Supervisor or mentor for the student during placement and ensure that the student gains relevant experience and operates in a safe environment.

What if the student is absent?

Over a 52 week placement, students are required to attend the placement for 48 weeks. The remaining four weeks can be negotiated with the Industry Partner and are to be taken as leave. In addition, students are entitled to ten days personal leave. Any additional absences may result in a temporary suspension of the placement. Industry Partners are required to notify the IBL Manager only if a student is absent for longer than ten days or three consecutive days without a medical certificate

What about insurance?

Insurance issues relating to student placements are a joint obligation between industry partners and Swinburne. Swinburne's 'Personal Accident Insurance - Student' policy covers students who are on IBL placement.

What happens when students finish IBL?

Upon completion of a placement, students are normally expected to return to university to complete their academic studies, either full-time or part-time. If students are offered further employment, study may be completed part-time. This is negotiated between the student and employer and is quite separate from the IBL placement.

Contact Details

If your organisation is interested in hosting an IBL student, contact:

The Cooperative Education Manager - Science, Health Sciences, Arts (Annette Pelgrim)
Email: apelgrim@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 8753
IBL Office: Room AS327, PO Box 218, Hawthorn Campus


School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

For Students

Our flagship program, the Industry-Based Learning (IBL) program is a well-regarded university program offered as an option to undergraduate students (residents and Australian citizens) in which students undertake a 6 or 12 month full-time paid placement in an industry sector related to studies and future careers.

IBL is generally undertaken by students who have already completed two years of studies.

Download an Information Brochure about IBL.

Students obtain placements in a competitive environment with successful candidates selected by the host organisation.

Typical IBL placements for Arts, Digital Media, Film and Television, Humanities and Social Sciences include communications officer, media assistant, researcher, HR assistant, analyst, games developer, 3D artist and animator.

Eligibility

Generally speaking you must have completed a minimum of 200 credit points (or 16 units) or a maximum of 250 credit points (or 20 units) in a 3-year degree program.

You are highly encouraged to register your interest well before you are eligible.

Note: the optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to international students without permanent resident status

IBL Placements are available to undergraduate students studying the following disciplines:

  • Communication
  • Games and Interactivity
  • Media and Communications
  • and occasionally in:

  • Film and Television
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Placements are also available through our industry connections in other Swinburne faculties.

Program Details

Placement Intake

Students are generally available to commence placements in the period:

November to February
(recruitment process starts August) or

June to August
(recruitment process starts April).

IBL positions are advertised on the IBL Preplacement Unit.

Information Sessions

2nd and 1st year Science, Health Science, Humanities students are invited to attend either of the following:

Session 1 Details

Title:
IBL Info Session 1
Date:
Wed 26 March 2014
Time:
12.30 - 1.30 pm
Venue
Room EW303

Session 2 Details

Title:
IBL Info Session 2
Date:
Fri 28 March 2014
Time:
12.30 - 1.30 pm
Venue
Room EN201

Further IBL information sessions will be held again in August.

Fees

Visit Student Fees for information on the cost of IBL. http://www.swinburne.edu.au/studentoperations/fees/undergraduate/

FAQs

What types of organisations host IBL students?

IBL is hosted by a variety of organisations including small to large companies, government and not-for-profit sectors and local and international companies. 'Tips on Sourcing IBL Placements' are provided by the IBL Office.

When can I participate in IBL?

IBL is usually taken in the year prior to the final year of study. As a Health, Arts and Design student, you remain eligible for IBL until you have less than 4 units remaining to complete your course. You cannot participate in IBL if you have already finished your studies. Generally you will have access to the IBL Preplacement Unit (from which you can apply for placements) in the semester prior to being eligible for IBL.

Can I find my own position?

Yes. Students that are interested in a placement within a specific organisation may find their own position as long as the organisation is considered appropriate by the Faculty. Students are asked to discuss their placement ideas with the Faculty Cooperative Education Manager before contacting any organisation.

Who determines my duties on placement?

The Industry Partner, as outlined in the Position Description. Placements are related to an area of study or discipline and operate similar to regular jobs.

Are there any assessments required while undertaking IBL

IBL units of study (HSW050/055) are assessed as pass/fail. Assessment requirements are outlined in the IBL Handbook and in the Unit Outline. Assessment comprises reports and completion of the placement, and is aimed at helping you develop a portfolio which can be used to promote your employability upon graduation.

Do all eligible students who want an IBL placement get one?

There are no guarantees of placements for all eligible students. Industry partners interview and select successful applicants. Additional factors which may impact upon IBL placement availability include economic climate, organisation budgets and competitive processes

Can International students participate in IBL?

The optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to International Students without permanent resident status. However IBL may be possible for International Students in a student's home country or other country subject to approval by the appropriate IBL Manager.

Are there any costs?

Students enrolling in an IBL unit will incur a Student Contribution Fee: $3,000 for a 12 month placement or $1,500 for a 6 month placement. Students eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP will be able to defer this fee through the HELP scheme. Remember that students on IBL are also paid.

What help can I get with resumes and interview skills in preparation for my placement?

The Careers in the Curriculum unit provides you with advice about producing professional job applications and strategies for job seeking. If you have not completed this unit, you are able to seek assistance from Swinburne's Careers & Employment Unit on how to write an effective cover letter and resume as well as how to present and prepare for an interview. You are able to make use of the daily resume checking service.

What is the difference between an IBL scholarship and IBL Direct Hire?

The difference is related to how an industry partner elects to engage an IBL student. From a practical point of view, you are treated similar to an employee in both instances. Under IBL Scholarship mode, funds are provided by the industry partner to the University which then administers the scholarship payments to the student. Direct Hire students are on a salary, equivalent to the relevant Modern Award Rate or Minimum Award Rate as applicable and are paid directly to the student through the organisation's payroll.

Can I continue to study part-time while on placement?

Approval may be obtained to study one unit whilst on placement. Refer to the Faculty Overload Policy.

What happens when I finish my IBL?

Upon completion of a placement, students are expected to return to university to complete their academic studies, either on a full-time or part-time basis. If offered an employment opportunity, arrangements are negotiated between the student and the organisation (without university involvement) and any post-IBL employment contracts or agreements are quite separate from the IBL placement.

Process

Step 1. Submit an IBL Expression of Interest form

  • Submit an Online Expression of Interest form
  • Eligibility: generally successful completion of 16 units (i.e. 200 credit points) with 4 or more units to be completed, however you are encouraged to register your interest well before you are eligible Note: the optional year of Industry-Based Learning in Australia is not available to international students without permanent resident status
  • Attend an IBL Information Session (usually held in March and August) so you can be informed of placement opportunities
  • Check the IBL placements displayed on the IBL Pre-placement unit via Blackboard once eligibility is approved.
  • Prepare your cover letter and resume using the skills taught in the Careers in the Curriculum unit
  • Inform the Cooperative Education Manager of any prospective host organisations. Make an appointment with the Cooperative Education Manager if necessary

Step 2. Apply for advertised placements

  • Apply online for the advertised placement(s) that interests you. Generally, placements are advertised from August onwards until University classes recommence, or during the mid-year period (limited opportunities)
  • Contact should not be made directly with the organisation unless specified. If you do not receive notification of an interview within approx two weeks of the closing date, assume you have missed out
  • If you have been successful in obtaining an IBL position, thank the host organisation for the offer and inform the Cooperative Education office If you are comfortable accepting the placement 'on the spot', please do Note: this is a verbal contract and you are expected to honour your word. If you do not want to make a decision 'on the spot', ask if you can get back to them within a reasonable time (but the host organisation may wish to withdraw the offer if you do not appear keen at this stage). Think VERY carefully before you decline a placement - if you decline a placement, there is no guarantee that you will be offered another. Please keep the Faculty Cooperative Education Manager informed of your interview progress and success.
  • If not yet successful, enrol in your course units (it is possible to amend this if you obtain an IBL placement later).

Step 3. Start your placement

  • Read and complete any documents forwarded to you. This may be an Employment Contract issued by your Industry Partner, or an IBL Scholarship Agreement. It is important that an IBL Scholarship Agreement is signed BEFORE you commence your placement to ensure you are covered under Swinburne student insurance provisions. Be aware of any confidentiality requirements
  • Enrol in the IBL unit by completing an Amendment to Enrolment form if you are successful in gaining a placement. Submit this to the Faculty Undergraduate office
  • Know the name and contact details of your Industry Supervisor within the workplace. You will be informed of your Swinburne Academic Supervisor who will visit the workplace once per semester
  • inform your IBL Swinburne academic supervisor throughout the year of your progress

Step 4. Once you have finished an IBL placement

  • Students usually return to study full-time or combine part-time study with employment
  • Add all the knowledge and skills you have acquired to your resume, ready to promote yourself for when you are applying for graduate positions.
  • Check out What Can I Do With My Career?

Success Stories

There are many. Here are just a few...

Adila Roshiah

Adila Roshiah

Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media & Marketing)

"My course provides me with flexibility - there is an amazing range of subjects, which means I can learn about more than just one area of study. I've decided to major in digital media and I'm gaining additional skills and knowledge through my Industry-Based Learning placement. "

 

Daniele Chiodo.jpg

Daniele Chiodo

Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media and Marketing)

"The marketing aspects of multimedia really appealed to me. I've enjoyed learning about everything from 3D modelling and web development to business. I've also been able to gain industry experience."

 

Rebecca Zeeman

Rebecca Zeeman

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

"The Industry-Based Learning placement I undertook gave me the confidence to achieve my goals. It made my path clearer and my love of writing and journalism even stronger. Without taking part in the program I don't think I would have the passion and direction I now have."

 

Marlee Amiguet

Marlee Amiguet

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

"What I like most about Swinburne is the friendly, supportive learning environment and the central location of the Hawthorn campus. This course appealed to me because it offers a broad range of subjects; I'm able to learn about issues that relate not just to the media industry, but also to everyday life."

Contact Details

If you are a current student and are interested in Industry-Based Learning, contact:

The Cooperative Education Manager - Science, Health Sciences, Arts (Annette Pelgrim)
Email: apelgrim@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 8753
IBL Office: Room AS327, PO Box 218, Hawthorn Campus


For Host Organisations

Program Details

Industry-Based Learning (IBL)

Industry-Based Learning (IBL) is a program for undergraduate students in which they are offered the opportunity to undertake full-time, paid employment in industry, in an area relevant to their studies.

Industry-Based Learning is part of Swinburne's suite of Industry-Engaged Learning programs.

Download a brochure about our Industry-Based Learning program. Other faculties also offer IBL.

Typical IBL Placements for Arts, Social Sciences and Humantities undergraduates include communications officer, media assistant, researcher, HR assistant, analyst, games developer, 3D artist and animator.

IBL Placements are available to undergraduate students studying the following disciplines:

  • Communication
  • Games and Interactivity
  • Media and Communications
  • and occasionally in:

  • Film and Television
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Placements are also available through our industry connections in other Swinburne faculties.

IBL gives students the opportunity to:

  • Obtain valuable industry experience and professional skills
  • Gain insight into a professional career with networks
  • Gain income while learning
  • Increase professional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enhance motivation, confidence and maturity
  • Gain a head start in the competitive graduate job market

Research by Swinburne indicates that, compared with other students, IBL graduates:

  • Secure a job faster than their non-IBL counterparts
  • Commence at a higher starting salary
  • Assume a higher level of responsibility in their first graduate job

According to the Graduate Careers Australia 2010 Report, a graduate's employment history has topped the list of aspects that Industry Partners consider to be the single most important feature of a graduate's curriculum vitae.

Recruitment Process

Benefits for your organisation

  • Allows completion of short and long term projects in a cost effective way
  • Enables access to enthusiastic and skilled undergraduate and potential future employees
  • Partner with Swinburne and contribute to training emerging professionals
  • Gain new perspectives and access to University resources and programs

How to recruit IBL students

  1. Submit a Position Description. You will then be contacted by the IBL Manager, and the position will be advertised on our Intranet to eligible students
  2. Applicants will be forwarded to you to enable you to shortlist and arrange interviews directly with students
  3. You will advise the successful applicant of the outcome and engage them via your normal staffing processes or via IBL scholarship

Success Stories

There are many. Here are just a few...

Adila Roshiah

Adila Roshiah

Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media & Marketing)

"My course provides me with flexibility - there is an amazing range of subjects, which means I can learn about more than just one area of study. I've decided to major in digital media and I'm gaining additional skills and knowledge through my Industry-Based Learning placement. "

 

Daniele Chiodo.jpg

Daniele Chiodo

Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media and Marketing)

"The marketing aspects of multimedia really appealed to me. I've enjoyed learning about everything from 3D modelling and web development to business. I've also been able to gain industry experience."

 

Rebecca Zeeman

Rebecca Zeeman

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

"The Industry-Based Learning placement I undertook gave me the confidence to achieve my goals. It made my path clearer and my love of writing and journalism even stronger. Without taking part in the program I don't think I would have the passion and direction I now have."

 

Marlee Amiguet

Marlee Amiguet

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

"What I like most about Swinburne is the friendly, supportive learning environment and the central location of the Hawthorn campus. This course appealed to me because it offers a broad range of subjects; I'm able to learn about issues that relate not just to the media industry, but also to everyday life."

FAQs

What costs are involved in IBL?

The cost to IBL industry partners is the payment made to students, plus relevant on costs if engaged via direct hire. IBL students employed direct by industry partners are paid subject to the relevant modern award or minimum wage. For more information about particular awards/industries/occupations common rule awards, visit: http://www.e-airc.gov.au/crvic. Industry partners Students engaged via IBL Scholarship mode receive tax free scholarship stipends in accordance with Tax Ruling CR2006/3. Industry partners are not charged for IBL program administration costs.

What are the differences between an IBL scholarship and IBL Direct Hire?

Funding for the IBL Scholarship is provided by the Industry Partner to the University who then administers the scholarship stipend to the student. You should check for taxation implications. Direct Hire students are on a salary, which is administered by your organisation.

How long are placements?

Placements are usually offered for either a 6 or 12 month period. The choice is yours. Placements within this Faculty are full-time.

When can students start?

Generally students are available to commence IBL placements either in the period from December to March or July to August, following exams. This enables students to complete the academic requirements for their course.

Why types of organisations host IBL students?

IBL is offered by a variety of local organisations including small to large companies, government and not-for-profit sectors as well as national and international organisations.

Who determines the duties on placement?

The Industry Partner provides a position description outlining the nature of work to be undertaken while in the position. Positions are related to the students' area of study or discipline.

What level of academic studies will IBL students have completed when they start?

IBL is usually taken in the year prior to the final year of study. This ensures that IBL students have the skills appropriate to the tasks being set and that they have a chance to apply knowledge and skills learned at University to practical situations.

What are my obligations?

As an industry partner, you are required to appoint an Industry Supervisor or mentor for the student during placement and ensure that the student gains relevant experience and operates in a safe environment.

What if the student is absent?

Over a 52 week placement, students are required to attend the placement for 48 weeks. The remaining four weeks can be negotiated with the Industry Partner and are to be taken as leave. In addition, students are entitled to ten days personal leave. Any additional absences may result in a temporary suspension of the placement. Industry Partners are required to notify the IBL Manager only if a student is absent for longer than ten days or three consecutive days without a medical certificate

What about insurance?

Insurance issues relating to student placements are a joint obligation between industry partners and Swinburne. Swinburne's 'Personal Accident Insurance - Student' policy covers students who are on IBL placement.

What happens when students finish IBL?

Upon completion of a placement, students are normally expected to return to university to complete their academic studies, either full-time or part-time. If students are offered further employment, study may be completed part-time. This is negotiated between the student and employer and is quite separate from the IBL placement.

Contact Details

If your organisation is interested in hosting an IBL student, contact:

The Cooperative Education Manager - Science, Health Sciences, Arts (Annette Pelgrim)
Email: apelgrim@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 8753
IBL Office: Room AS327, PO Box 218, Hawthorn Campus


School of Design

Students in the School of Design have many options for Industry Engaged Learning.

Discussed here:

  • Industry Placement
  • Industry Based Learning (IBL)

Other opportunities:

  • The Swinburne Design Factory
  • Embedded industry experience - this is when students work on assessed projects for real organisations as part of their general coursework). Embedded experiences include, but are not limited to,
  • Capstone Projects - these are generally longer and more intensive final year projects.

Collectively these different experiences help ensure our students graduate with professional and industry-ready portfolios.

For Students

Which option is YOUR option?

Industry Placement

Students studying the following degrees are eligible to apply for Industry Placement:

  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)*
  • Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)**

*Future students may apply for this course through VTAC application. All students in this course have a compulsory Industry Placement or Swinburne Design Factory experience.
** Students who have already completed 200 units of study in Digital Media Design (DMD) by Semester 1 2014 may be eligible for Industry Placement. Students commencing DMD in 2014 will be eligible for IBL.

Industry Based Learning

Students studying the following degrees are eligible to apply for Industry Based Learning:

  • Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) / Bachelor of Business***

*** IBL is only available in the Business discipline of the double degree.

Eligibility

The Faculty of Design IBL program is available to undergraduate students enrolled in:

  • Bachelor of Communication - all majors
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)/Bachelor of Business double degree
  • Industry Based Learning will be available to students commencing the following courses in 2014:
  • Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)
  • Bachelor of Film and Television
  • Bachelor of Film and Television (Animation)
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) can apply instead for the Industry Placement option.

Industry Placement

Industry Placement is an experiential learning program for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design - Communication Design (Honours), Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design courses at Swinburne Faculty of Design. It is not available to Digital Media Design or Design/Business double degree students.

Industry Placement is conducted within a partnership arrangement between industry and the university and is designed to offer high achieving students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a professional workplace environment while they continue their study at university.

Our Industry Placement program has been operating for over 40 years and is one of our most important teaching features at the Faculty of Design.

Students are chosen to participate in Industry Placement on the basis of their academic abilities and level of maturity to enter the workplace. They are placed locally, nationally and internationally in a workplace relevant to their area of study and intended future career for 24 or 48 weeks.

Industry Placement Details

The Industry Placement program was created to help you gain the experience you need to secure that dream job and ensure a head-start – all while you’re still at university.

One of our most popular learning methods at the Faculty of Design, Industry Placement is the perfect way to gain industry experience and earn money while you continue to receive credit towards your Honours degree!

You can choose to be placed locally, nationally or even internationally within a commercial Design  organisation for 6 months or 12 months.  You will gain unrivalled mentoring from industry professionals and hands-on experience within your field of study.  Your new skills and knowledge will assist your progress through your Honours year, but more importantly, will give you the edge over your competitors when you enter the job market!

Here are some other facts about the program that you need to know:

  • Industry Placement is an accredited third year subject with assessable outcomes and which is HECS liable.  It is formally acknowledged by the University in academic transcripts and on graduand’s testamurs.
  • Your placement can occur in local, national or international work placements. 
  • Host organisations vary from the typical small to medium studios to larger more complex organisations with global networks. 
  • Depending on certain host organisations requests and your own choices, placement can last either 24 weeks or 48 weeks.
  • You will be paid at the award rate
  • You will remain enrolled in the university, working 4 days per week and attending university 1 day per week.
  • As it is part of the Honours Program, you must return to university for one year after the completion of your Industry Placement to complete Honours.

Benefits of becoming an Industry Placement student:

  • Gain valuable workplace experience
  • Develop career opportunities and explore career options
  • Apply the theory learned during your studies to real world situations
  • Develop practical workplace skills
  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain valuable insight into how organisations operate
  • Clarify your career aspirations
  • Make valuable contacts within industry

Application and Selection Process

Students who successfully obtain Industry Placement are motivated high achievers.  Before applying to participate in the Industry Placement program you must first meet the following criteria:

  • You must be in the process of successfully completing your second year of study. ie 16 subjects (200 credit points).
  • You must achieve a minimum credit average in your two most recent semesters.
  • You must have completed a minimum of 100 credit points within Swinburne's Faculty of Design
  • You must have completed a minimum of 12 subjects (150 credit points) from your Professional Major 

Note:  International students who obtain industry placement will need to extend their visa.

Semester 1, 2014 Program - Important Dates

Date Selection Process
6-7 November Yes/No emails sent to students regarding interviews
18-22 November Selection Interviews
27-28 November Acceptance emails sent to students
3 December Mandatory Preparation Seminar for successful Communication Design students

Once you are placed - Student Requirements

Once you are accepted into the Industry Placement program you will receive a Student Handbook which will provide detailed information and address other issues that may be relevant to your placement.

The first thing you should do after accepting a job offer is notify the Industry Placement Coordinator and Academic Mentor.  You will also need to ensure that the following documentation has been filled out and supplied to the Industry Placement Coordinator. 

  • Contract: You must provide a contract on company letterhead signed by you and your host organisation.
  • Amendment to Enrolment: It is important that this is completed to ensure that you are enrolled in the correct units for the semester.  You can fill this out at the administration counter in the PA building or download the form and send it in.
  • Emergency contact details: We need to receive this form prior to your placement commencing.

Attendance at University
Students are required to work four days per week at their host organisation and study at the Faculty of Design one day per week.

Progress Monitoring
Industry Placement mentors visit students and host organisations at the place of placement to monitor progress once every six months.

Reflective Journal
At the end of each 24 week period of your placement, you will need to sit down with you host organisation and produce a reflective journal. Your journal is used to document the learning development you have experienced during that period of your placement.

Assessment Banner
Each September the participating students are required to produce an exhibition banner which will be displayed in the foyer of the PA Building (Prahran Campus) and on the Industry Placement website.

Honours

The Industry Placement program is part of the Honours stream.  In order to graduate, students are required to return to the Faculty of Design to complete their fourth year.

Once you are placed - Employer Requirements

In addition to understanding your responsibilities, you should also be familiar with the following responsibilities of your employer which are outlined to them in the Industry Placement Handbook for Industry Placement Academic Mentors and Industry Supervisors. This is provided at the commencement of a placement:

It is the responsibility of the host organisation to:

  • Help students integrate into the workplace
  • Provide general support and supervision
  • Ensure the student arranges all aspects of site meetings by:
    • Attending site meetings with Industry Placement Academic Mentor
    • Advising the University of issues or concerns
    • Attending mediation/resolution meetings
    • Ensuring policies are adhered to in terms of termination
    • Providing the university with formal (and informal) feedback on operation of Industry Placement and performance of the student.
  • Support the student in undertaking tasks required for Industry Placement assessment
  • Ensure professional and personal growth occurs
  • Ensure the organisation's targets are met

Industry Placement Timeline

This is the accepted timeline for the majority of student placements. In instances where a student begins study at the Faculty of Design mid-year or has deferred study for 6 months placement may commence mid-year or a 24-week placement may be arranged.

timeline for the industry placement program at the faculty of design swinburne

Industry-Based Learning

For more information about IBL, please visit www.swinburne.edu.au/iel/programs/ibl/index.html

Industry Placement Partners

Swinburne Design's Industry Placement partners are chosen for the quality of experience they can provide our students. Many are local businesses, others are based interstate or across the globe. They may work in a niche market, have a small tight-knit team, or they may be part of a multi-national conglomerate. What they all have in common is passion - for their industry and for the future of their industry.

Swinburne Design would like to thank these organisations for their willingness to share and pass on their passion, and for their belief in the future.

Some of our recent industry placement partners include:

 


Architects Eat
www.eatas.com.au
 

 


BMF Advertising
www.bmf.com.au

 
    

 

Brandbuild

                           
 
           

Canyon
www.canyonbranddesign.com

              

           

 CHE Proximity
www.cheproximity.com.au

     
 
 
CHIMERA
 
  

 

Citrus Digital Agency
www.citrus.com.au

 

 
 
 
  

 

 

 
          
 
Cornwell Design
www.cornwell.com.au

 
         
          


Cunningham Martyn Design
www.cmdesign.com.au

 

 
   

Designworks

 

 
     
          

 

ExpoNet
www.exponet.com.au

 

            


Fancy Films
www.fancyfilms.com.au


 

 
       
 
 
 

 
Hassell
www.hassell.com.au

 

 


ilanel
www.ilanel.com
 

 
                  

 

JohnstonWorks
www.johnstonworks.com

 

       
      


Lonely Planet


             

     
       

 

Medicare Local
www.emml.com.au

 

         
 
       

 

New McPherson
www.newmcpherson.com

 

         
 
                   


Reel Pictures
www.reelpictures.com.au

 

    

Spinach

 

 
 
              

 

sweet creative
www.sweetcreative.com.au

 

 
 
            

 

Studio Moso
www.studiomoso.com.au


 

 
 
 
 
the collaborative agency

 
 
         
 
               

 

 

UNO Australia
www.uno.net.au


 

 


              

Contact Details

If you are a student and are interested in Industry Placement , contact:

Industry Placement Coordinator (Jackie Berry)
Email: jberry@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 6087


For Host Organisations

Benefits

The benefits of IBL for host organisations:

  • Complete important tasks in a cost efficient and professional way by using a newly skilled, enthusiastic employee with a capacity for rapid learning

  • Increase diversity within your workplace

  • Gain a new perspective - students introduce new ideas and approaches

  • Contribute to the training of new industry professionals and allow staff to mentor and train

  • Test drive a potential future employee

  • Gain exposure for your organisation

For more information about IBL, please visit www.swinburne.edu.au/iel/programs/ibl/index.html

Benefits of becoming an Industry Host Employer

  • Bring fresh energy and new ideas to your company. A student's relative commercial inexperience sometimes leads to greater creative solutions. When an idealistic student arrives they bring a fresh energy to the workplace. Experienced designers can harness this enthusiasm and give their imagination a practical outlet.

  • Pipeline to secure future employees. Although students are required to return to the Faculty of Design for another year to complete their Honours, it is not uncommon for students to stay on part-time with their Industry Placement host until they have completed their degree, or to continue to be mentored by their host organization.

  • Contribute to the training of an emerging professional. Many host organisations have commented on the enjoyment they receive from watching and assisting a student's development into a great designer.

  • Create a flexible working environment. Having an Industry Placement student in your studio may free up current employees to take on high priority or more complex specialty projects.

  • Some host organisations create project opportunities that will be available from year to year, with a different industry placement student

Program Details

Industry-Based Learning (IBL)

Swinburne works with a broad range of host organisations to provide industry based learning opportunities to students. IBL offers many benefits to host organisations, here are some:

What Host Organisations Say:

"Testo Australia is proud of its association with the Swinburne IBL program, offering students the opportunity to extend their skills and excel within an international organisation. In turn Testo benefits by harnessing and utilising the ideas, enthusiasm and energy the students bring to the team."
Romayne Bogtstra - Managing Director, Testo Australia

"We have found this to be a very rewarding experience for both the business and the student and have been really pleased by how quickly the student picks up new skills, becomes an integral member of the team and is able to make a significant contribution."
Tricia Flanagan, Talent Acquisition Specialist, GlaxoSmithKlein


Host Organisation Responsibilities

During the placement IBL host employers are required to provide:

  • An induction program for newly commencing students
  • An assigned workplace supervisor
  • Appropriate work tasks and feedback on student progress
  • Appropriate resources and training
  • Participation in workplace visit/s by the IBL university contact
  • A safe work environment
  • Feedback on the IBL program.

Faculty study areas for IBL

Currently IBL is an option for all communication degree and double degree students and design/business double degree students within the Faculty of Design.


Placement commencement times

Placements usually commence in the follow periods:

  • June to August
  • December to March

Host organisations are advised to contact the Industry Placement Coordinator several months in advance where possible, although short turn around periods can be successfully managed. Positions are usually advertised for a minimum of 2 weeks.


Becoming an IBL host employer

The process of becoming a host is simple - after an initial discussion with our Industry Placement Coordinator, host organisations are required to:

  • Provide a position description (PD) to the PD to the Industry Placement Coordinator who will advertise each position on a dedicated IBL website and inform students of the posting.
  • Receive and review applications from interested students.
  • Arrange interviews and any other selection procedures with selected students.
  • Determine which applicant is the most suitable and make an offer.
  • Inform unsuccessful applicants.
  • Inform the Industry Placement Coordinator of their choice of applicant.
  • Provide appropriate support to the placed student.

Industry Placement (IP)

Industry Placement is an experiential learning program for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design - Communication Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design courses at Swinburne Faculty of Design. It is not available to design double degree students.

Industry Placement is conducted within a partnership arrangement between industry and the university and is designed to offer high achieving students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a professional workplace environment while they continue their study at university.

Our Industry Placement program has been operating for over 40 years and is one of our most important teaching features at the Faculty of Design.

Students are chosen to participate in Industry Placement on the basis of their academic abilities and level of maturity to enter the workplace. They are placed locally, nationally and internationally in a workplace relevant to their area of study and intended future career for 24 or 48 weeks.

Applications for Industry Placement Semester One, 2014 have closed



Becoming an Industry Placement Host

Selection of Hosts for the Industry Placement program is an important process.
Essentially, we look at whether you have an ability and willingness to provide a student with a meaningful, productive work experience and supervision in their chosen area of Design. Size and business profiles do not factor in determining your suitability for participation in the program; the quality of experience does.
Host organisations can be based locally, nationally or internationally and can vary from typical small to medium size enterprises to larger more complex organisations with global networks.


Industry Placement Partners

Swinburne Design's Industry Placement partners are chosen for the quality of experience they can provide our students. Many are local businesses, others are based interstate or across the globe. They may work in a niche market, have a small tight-knit team, or they may be part of a multi-national conglomerate. What they all have in common is passion - for their industry and for the future of their industry.

Swinburne Design would like to thank these organisations for their willingness to share and pass on their passion, and for their belief in the future.

Some of our recent industry placement partners include:

 


Architects Eat
www.eatas.com.au
 

 


BMF Advertising
www.bmf.com.au

 
    

 

Brandbuild

                           
 
           

Canyon
www.canyonbranddesign.com

              

           

 CHE Proximity
www.cheproximity.com.au

     
 
 
CHIMERA
 
  

 

Citrus Digital Agency
www.citrus.com.au

 

 
 
 
  

 

 

 
          
 
Cornwell Design
www.cornwell.com.au

 
         
          


Cunningham Martyn Design
www.cmdesign.com.au

 

 
   

Designworks

 

 
     
          

 

ExpoNet
www.exponet.com.au

 

            


Fancy Films
www.fancyfilms.com.au


 

 
       
 
 
 

 
Hassell
www.hassell.com.au

 

 


ilanel
www.ilanel.com
 

 
                  

 

JohnstonWorks
www.johnstonworks.com

 

       
      


Lonely Planet


             

     
       

 

Medicare Local
www.emml.com.au

 

         
 
       

 

New McPherson
www.newmcpherson.com

 

         
 
                   


Reel Pictures
www.reelpictures.com.au

 

    

Spinach

 

 
 
              

 

sweet creative
www.sweetcreative.com.au

 

 
 
            

 

Studio Moso
www.studiomoso.com.au


 

 
 
 
 
the collaborative agency

 
 
         
 
               

 

 

UNO Australia
www.uno.net.au


 

 


              

Contact Details

If your organisation is interested in hosting an Industry Placement student, contact:

Industry Placement Coordinator (Jackie Berry)
Email: jberry@swin.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 9214 6087