The only Australian government-legislated work-readiness program developed to enhance the employability skills of recent engineering graduates.
" The program benefits are definitely invaluable in terms of enhancing your expertise, career experience and ability to work in such a diverse workplace and a multicultural work environment ” – past Professional Year Graduate.
" I want to emphasize that this program provides you with 3 month placement which can possibly turn into your first awesome job in Australia. It happened to me and I would suggest all international graduates to do this program ”– Damandeep Gujral, past Professional Year Graduate.
The Professional Year in Engineering is the only Australian government-legislated work-readiness program developed to enhance the employability skills of recent engineering graduates; in turn helping to address the widening engineering skills shortage in Australia.
Delivered in a blended learning model over a 44-week period, participants are familiarised with the norms of the Australian workplace including OHSE and diversity, effective verbal and written communication skills, working in a team and project management fundamentals.
Participants are then introduced to the Australian workplace culture via a 12 week work placement* within an Australian engineering team, enabling participants to put into practice the theory learned in both university and the program itself, and providing the opportunity to gather evidence for assessment of their Certificate IV in Project Management.
Primarily, the Professional Year centres on international engineering graduates seeking employment in their chosen engineering discipline with the intention of migrating to Australia.
Since its inception, however, the program has also attracted other engineering graduate groups including Australian residents and citizens wanting to experience the benefits of the program and work placement.
Even if you’re not a recent graduate there are still other EEA programs developed to assist you transition as well. See our Experience Engineering in Australia program.
The Professional Year is open to holders of various visa types, including Skilled-Recognised Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 476) and Skilled-Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485), however other visa-holder types, as well as residents and citizens, are also able to undertake the program (though the program is not CRICOS, and is full fee-paying.; HECS and fee-help do not apply).
Contacting a migration agent or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship regarding your eligibility before applying is strongly advised.
Offered in all states and territories, the Professional Year is a structured, 44-week, part-time work preparedness program focusing on the professional skills needed to obtain employment in the Australian work place.
Delivered in a blended learning model, including scheduled face-to face classes to facilitate better networking and communication skills, the program is further supported by the delivery of a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice** completely online with assessment undertaken before and during the work placement period.
All applications must be approved by Engineering Education Australia on behalf of Engineers Australia, the peak body for the engineering profession in Australia. Applications must be accompanied by certified copies of all required supporting documents.
Professional Year class intakes occur regularly in most states and fill very quickly. In most instances you will be undertaking your class work with other eligible PYear professions such as ICT and accounting.
Additional intake dates will be added below as they are released. Please note: Dates are subject to change. End dates detailed are an approximation only based on the 44-week Professional Year program. Dates may differ depending on attendance, successful completion of program components and other issues.
Please note: End dates detailed are an approximation only based on the 44-week Professional Year program. Dates may differ depending on attendance, successful completion of program components and other issues. Dates are subject to change.
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(*work placements are unpaid and you may be required to relocate for the term of your placement, depending on your engineering discipline)
(**Certificate IV is available from July 1st 2013 only)