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Logistics and Transport Graduate Work Placement Program

An optimal partnership between the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, leading industry partners and the Business School, the Logistics and Transport Work Placement Program has seen an impressive number of highly qualified graduates secure permanent employment and has set an exemplary standard for postgraduate industry placements.

The program, which commenced in 2008, affords high calibre Master students studying logistics and transport programs invaluable exposure to industry and the opportunity to absorb information, gain practical experience, foster career direction and enhance job prospects within an environment highly conducive to professional development, where students are immersed in the daily operations of a company and contribute to projects that deal with complex business problems.

In just four years, over 55 graduate placements have been successfully secured, with more than 60% of graduates gaining permanent employment at the end of the 12 week program and even more through the networks of the industry partners.

The ITLS program allows graduates exclusive opportunity to a diverse range of leading industry partners in transport and logistics and supply chain management, including AWA Ltd, BusNSW, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge, Hapag-Lloyd, Interfleet Technology, Kuehne + Nagel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shipping Australia Ltd, Swisslog, Toll Global Forwarding, Transport Workers Union and Veolia Environmental Services.

Jacqualine Myint, Senior Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, emphasised that the program is mutually beneficial for employers and graduates and allows employers direct access to high achieving students and their specialised business acumen. She said: "The ITLS program provides a means for companies to utilise candidates who have been schooled in logistics and supply chain issues. Candidates have a strong interest in these fields and bring a fresh perspective to our teams."

Master of Transport Management student, Claudia Bottini, worked for Sydney Metro on behalf of Interfleet Technology. "Being part of such an important project was an experience beyond my expectations, as was the number of skills I acquired in such a short period of time." She said, "I have had the honour of working with some of the best experts of the industry, an opportunity which I could not have had without the program." She said, "I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the Transport and/or Logistics field, as this could represent the platform that helps you enter the industry and shape yourself professionally."

Professor of Management, David Hensher highlighted that the program is not only exceptionally successful, but also highly coveted by students: "The Logistics and Transport Graduate Work Placement Program is one of ITLS's most successful initiatives. Entry to the program is extremely competitive; the program is for elite performing students and is designed to allow us to showcase what our graduates are capable of. Since 2008 we have screened more than 180 applicants meaning only 30% of those who apply gain entry into this prestigious program."

For further information, visit the Logistics and Transport Graduate Work Placement Program page.