Swinburne Early Leaders Program

At Swinburne, we believe in getting students job ready. Our Early Leaders Program (ELP) provides secondary students with the opportunity to be recognised for extra-curricular activities, making themselves attractive candidates for future employers.

Early Leaders Program

At Swinburne, we believe in getting students job ready.

Who can apply?

The Early Leaders Program is open to all students who are undertaking Australian Year 11 in 2018, including VCE, IB and VCAL students, plus regional students and those outside of Victoria.

About the program

Undertaking the Early Leaders Program enables students to identify and analyse their personal and professional development experiences, providing them with a portfolio of skills that can be used to seek tertiary education or employment.

The program is comprised of one core certificate and three elective certificates. Students must complete the core certificate and one of the elective certificates in order to achieve Early Leader status.



The research/academic skills certificate encourages young people to self-assess and reflect on their preparedness for further study, and to develop strategies for future academic programs.



The creativity skills certificate explores a student’s ability to utilise creative thinking and innovative problem-solving strategies.

Community Engagement

The community engagement skills certificate is designed to explore and encourage a student’s connection to the wider community.

Career Development

The career development skills certificate encourages young people to identify the employability skills that will enhance their professional and career development.

Benefits of the program

Completion of the Early Leaders Program can be a great achievement to include in applications for employment and further study. Undertaking it also provides a range of valuable benefits to students.

You can:

  • Develop life skills
  • Grow your confidence
  • Increase your employability
  • Gain recognition for achievements from a leading university
  • Get out of your comfort zone and try something new

In addition to the above benefits, students who successfully complete the Early Leaders Program will be awarded credit towards the Swinburne Emerging Leaders Program, a program for enrolled Swinburne students.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 Early Leaders Program are now closed.

Expressions of interst for the 2019 Early Leaders Program will open at the beginning of September, 2018.