Doxa is offering a cadetship program to disadvantaged young people, giving them the opportunity to complete university and develop a valuable skill set, and is calling on Melbourne-based organisations to consider talented applicants in various sectors.

Cadetships are open to young people with challenging life circumstances who have finished high school and are about to go to university. These young people have secured a place at university but are facing significant barriers.

Everyone is different, but this could be financial difficulty, family trauma, being culturally and/or linguistically diverse, being from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or a refugee and/or migrant background.

Since 1993, around 500 young people have participated in the Doxa Cadetship Program.

Doxa CEO, Steve Clifford, said, “We have a diverse range of students, all in great need. These young people are experiencing, and have experienced, significant disadvantage in their lives. Many are the first in their family to attend university; most are supplementing studies with part-time work. They simply don’t have the social capital, financial support or professional networks that you and I had.”

“What they do have is the skills, a growth mindset and incredible drive to succeed in business and in life. But they need your help in order to achieve this.

“We are calling out for all Melbourne-based organisations – everyone from a corporate big four to small, independent start-ups – to take on a Doxa Cadet this year.”

Corporate partners support the program by providing an annual flexible work placement (up to eight weeks per annum) with staff from sponsor companies participating as mentors, supporting and guiding their cadet to navigate the world of work.

This corporate social responsibility (CSR) aligned social investment opportunity offers corporate partners a talented undergraduate as part of their team, skilled volunteering opportunities for existing staff and a chance to change the life of a high-achieving young Australian from a disadvantaged background.

Doxa supports corporate partners by providing a shortlist of talented applicants relevant to their sector; running professional development workshops and networking opportunities throughout the year; building a learning and development framework; providing mentoring and recruitment support, as well as on-boarding advice.

“We see key trends in areas of study each year and in 2019, our students are predominantly studying Business, Commerce, Health and Finance. They’re smart, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial Gen Z-ers. They want to change the world. Are you ready to be a part of their future? Then partner with us and join us on the journey,” Mr Clifford said.

To get involved or for more information on the Doxa Cadetship Program, visit www.doxa.org.au.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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