Information For Students
IBL Information Sessions
|The next IBL information sessions will be held March and August 2014. Details will be available early in 1st Semester 2014.|
Steps to Success/the IBL process
Step 1. Submit an IBL Expression of Interest formStep 2. Apply for advertised placementsStep 3. Start your placementStep 4. Once you have finished an IBL placement
- Submit and 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 employers. Make an appointment with the Cooperative Education Manager if necessary
- 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 employer 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 employer 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).
- 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