South Australian Government Grants to Build Workforce Skills in the Defence Industry.

The South Australian Government is supporting businesses in the defence industry to build their future workforce capabilities through a new flagship program linking university students with industry.

Small and medium sized businesses can access grants of up to $4,000 to support the placement of eligible university students for periods of three to six months in roles as diverse as logistics, project management, engineering design and digital transformation.

As an employer in the defence industry, you can tap into the skills and knowledge of leading third-year and honours year university students completing a degree in science, technology, engineering and maths or business (majoring in project management or logistics) in South Australia.

By supporting the placement of these high-calibre students, you can build your future workforce, enhance your company's innovation and research capacity, and grow the quality of expertise of graduates emerging from our universities.

Participating students will receive a scholarship grant to cover the costs associated with their placement, including transport, accommodation, work-specific attire, study materials and other related expenses.

The South Australian Premier's Defence Industry Scholarship Program is designed to support the defence industry and its suppliers to build the in-demand skills, knowledge and experience through work-based learning opportunities for university students and addressing areas of skill shortage.

The Australian Industry Group is delivering this program on behalf of the South Australian Government.

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Information for Students 

To find out if your business is eligible and how you can take advantage of this opportunity, please register your interest above or contact us at or (03) 9867 0134.

How university students can help improve your business during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ai Group, in partnership with the Australian Collaborative Education Network, has developed advice for companies taking on university students during the global pandemic.

For more information on how working online or remotely can replace face-to-face research or work learning placements, or how you can fill skills gaps caused by COVID-19, click the link for more information:

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An employer guide to work activities for students

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Advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding student placements

The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman has produced a fact sheet for employers providing vocational placements to students.

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