Logistics and Transport Work Placement Program

The next round of placements in the Work Placement Program will commence in July 2017 with applications opening in April 2017.

About the Program

Overview

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney Business School offers our students the opportunity to undertake a 12-week full time work placement with one of our industry partners in a logistics / supply chain / transport / infrastructure management related field.

This program will increase your employment prospects by giving you real world industry experience. At the end of the program those who perform well are provided with an employment reference from the organisation; although there is no guarantee of a role at the outset, over 60% of our graduates have actually been offered ongoing employment with their organisation at the end of their placement.

A scholarship of $250 per week is provided by the organisation who will organise an induction / orientation for the student at the beginning of the program and provide ongoing supervision and support throughout the placement.

Supervision and support

The Program Coordinator will maintain regular contact with students and industry partners throughout the placement. Any questions for ITLS during the placement should be referred to the Program Coordinator who will seek advice from other academic staff, as required. At the beginning of the second week of each placement the Program Coordinator will request a summary of key project tasks from each student and from each industry partner in order to ensure that there is a clear program of work for the 12-week placement. Students will also be provided with each other's details so that they can keep in touch with each other. A meeting at ITLS of all placed students will be arranged midway through the program; the meeting will be facilitated by the Program Coordinator.

Timeline

The Work Placement Program runs twice per year with 12 week placements starting in June/July for students completing in Semester 1 or the Summer School sessions and in November/December for students completing in Semester 2 or the Winter School sessions. Closing dates for applications are in April/May and September each year.

Placement schedule

Timeline

First Round 2017

Applications open

Monday 3 April 2017

Applications close (midnight)

Sunday 30 April 2017

Interviews at ITLS

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Interview skills workshop

Thursday 8 June 2017

Interviews with industry partners

Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 June 2017

Placements start

Monday 3 July 2017

Placements end

Friday 22 September 2017

Eligibility

The program is designed for students wishing to gain experience in a logistics / supply chain / transport / infrastructure management related field. All candidates to the program must be prepared to accept a placement with any of the industry partners involved in the program, at the time of application.

The program is available to students who have completed ALL the requirements for (or have only one further unit of study to complete in the Summer or Winter School sessions) and achieved a credit average (65%) in the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Master of Transport Management or an Aviation and Maritime Management and Logistics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management or Infrastructure and Transport Management specialisation in the Master of Commerce. Places are awarded on a competitive basis; successful applicants will be those who have an outstanding academic record and who can demonstrate sound business communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork leadership, commercial awareness, a proactive attitude, and a willingness to learn and be involved.

To ensure your application conveys the above information we strongly recommend you utilise the resources and knowledge of the Business School's Careers and Employability Office.

Visa requirements

All students must have a valid visa allowing them to work full-time (i.e., 35 hours per week minimum) in Australia for the duration of the program. Proof of the visa will be required. Please note that under no circumstances can any of the organisations provide sponsorship for a student; any student seeking to pursue this with any organisation at industry interview will be immediately excluded from the program.

Further information

All queries on the program should be sent to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au

Selection process

** Please note that candidates should not tailor their initial written application to any particular placement. Placements are decided on the best match between each candidate's skills and experience and our industry partners' requirements. While a candidate's preference may be taken into account in this matching process, it does not often determine the final placement. ITLS ensures that all placements will be a valuable experience for any ITLS student and we therefore expect successful candidates to accept the placement offered to them. Please do not apply if you are unwilling to accept this premise of the program. **

The selection process has four stages:

Stage 1.

Candidates email a written application to ITLS - business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au - from their University of Sydney email address - by the advertised closing date / time attaching ONE collated PDF document with the following items, in the following order:

1. A formal covering letter (addressed: Dear Sir or Madam) describing what benefit you hope to obtain from the program, why you feel you should be selected, and what your career objectives are. As noted above, candidates should not tailor their initial written application to any particular placement. Please ensure you reference your SID number in your covering letter.

2. A professional resume. please be aware that if you are successful in Stage 2 our industry partners will be asked to select candidates to interview based on this resume. ITLS strongly recommends that you attend one of the resume workshops offered by the Business School's Careers and Employability Office.

3. A clear copy of your passport photo page.

4. Proof of your legal right to work in Australia for the duration of the program - if your current visa expires before the end date of the placement you MUST provide documentary evidence of your application for an alternative visa, otherwise you WILL NOT be considered for the program.

Please note that candidates who fail to provide the requested information in the order and format requested, or fail to submit their application by the closing date and time, will not be considered. Do not include an academic transcript, this will be downloaded by ITLS. If you are successful in the first round of interviews at ITLS the information you provide in Stage 1 will be forwarded to selected industry partners.

Stage 2.

ITLS short lists candidates with reference to their application and their academic transcript (which ITLS will obtain) and invites successful candidates to interview at ITLS. The interview panel will consist of the two academic members, one industry member and the Program Coordinator.

At interview with ITLS candidates will be asked to shortlist three industry placements and explain why they have chosen these placements. In shortlisting placements candidates should ensure they understand the nature of the placement and how their skill set, including the units of study they have completed at ITLS, and their career goals, fit with each placement.

Stage 3.

Details of candidates successful at interview with ITLS are sent to selected industry partners (as decided by the ITLS interview panel) and the industry partners then shortlist the candidates they wish to interview. There will be a interview preparation workshop at ITLS for selected candidates (please see timeline above).

Stage 4.

The industry partners indicate to ITLS which candidate(s) they would be willing to offer a placement to and placements are then decided for successful candidates with regard to the preference of the industry partners and, where possible, the candidates' stated preferences. Please note that it may not always be possible to place graduates with their chosen organisation, however, we ensure that all placements will be a valuable experience for any ITLS graduate and therefore we expect each graduate to accept any placement that is offered to them.

**All correspondence regarding the program will be sent to your University of Sydney email address ONLY**

Feedback

Candidates who are not successful in obtaining a place on the next stage of the selection process will be provided feedback on their performance at the previous stage.

Industry placements

Placements for the next round of the program will be posted here as they are confirmed.

AAW Global Logistics Pty Ltd / Pacific Asia Express Pty Ltd

AAW Global Logistics is an Australian owned company with offices in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and internationally in Long Beach California. AAW’s market coverage includes an international network of transportation and logistics to tailored individual customer requirements, such as transport and distribution, warehousing and storage, pre-retailing services, dedicated transport, project management and consultancy.

Placement: Operations

Opportunity to learn all aspects of the operations of a freight forwarder including: import/export operations, shipping, and customer service. The role will involve documentation / co-ordination of client cargo movements, job registrations, invoicing, and customer service. Inductions to the business will be provided: ‘Learning the systems – Freight forwarding with AAW Global’ and ‘Induction to Shipping – Pacific Asia Express’.

The successful candidate will have a willingness to learn, grow and adapt; have excellent attention to detail; possess a ‘can do’ attitude and excellent computer skills; and be a team player.

Visit AAW Global Logistics's website

BCR

BCR is an Australian owned and operated business that provides global and domestic freight forwarding, customs and contract logistics services to organisations who export or import significant volumes. With over 100 years of experience our integrated global network provides the operational capacity to maximise value and efficiency, achieving results for our customers.

Placement: Commercial Team

The successful candidate  will work within the Commercial team and primarily with the Head of Account Management.

They will be involved in many operational projects for some of our key customers including, but not limited to:

  • Understanding the key service deliverables for each account
  • Assist in developing Service Level Agreements (SLA) to capture these service deliverables
  • Identify service expectations in the form of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Work with IT to develop reporting against these KPIs
  • Build KPI reporting functionality into the regular business reviewed
  • Review Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs) to ensure they dovetail into the SLA’s

Additionally, the intern will be tasked with liaising with operational areas of the business such as freight forwarding and customs in the review of SOP’s for our CRM system which will be used by account management staff at BCR.

The placement will provide opportunities for learning and gaining experience about how real business is managed and generated within an independent Freight Logistics company and gaining an insight in how account management evolves within a longstanding freight logistics provider.

Desirable Skills/Experience/Knowledge:

  • Masters of Commerce – Logistics specialisation preferred, not required.
  • Exposure to courses relating to business to business project management ideal as this intern will be working within the Commercial department.
  • Detail oriented as some data entry into our CRM and the production of a SOP’s will comprise some of their responsibilities.

Visit BCR's website

Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd

Caltex delivers high-quality fuels, lubricants, services and convenience offerings to its diverse range of customers through an extensive Australian network of retail sites, depots and distribution centres.

What sets Caltex apart from other fuel and convenience companies in Australia is that we are an Australian company which operates independently, with our strategy and direction set by the management and the Board in Australia. We are listed on the ASX and have more than 3,000 employees working across the country.

Placement: Supply Chain Analyst

Students will join Caltex retail supply chain team which is responsible for supplying over 500 convenience stores with 10,000+ SKUs. As Caltex is in the process of revitalising its retail supply chain capabilities, students will have the opportunity to participate in various capability development programmes, such as replenishment automation, SKU rationalization, distribution optimisation, etc.

As supply chain analyst, student will complete studies and analysis of potential supply chain optimization opportunities and provides analytical and project support to the Supply Chain Development Manager and Supply Chain Team. This role also supports the development and improvement of key supply chain systems and processes.

Students will gain broad knowledge on retail supply chain planning, analytics and logistics, supply chain systems and data, 3PL management, convenience retail channel and FMCG supply chain.Students will also obtain more extensive experience in one of the supply chain area through a deep dive analytics assignment.

In this first two weeks, students will be given time to learn about Caltex history and value, and more specifically about Caltex retail supply chain systems and processes. Students will meet senior managers and the team, and they will also visit the warehouse and retail stores during the programme.

Desirable Skills/Experience/Knowledge:

  1. Students who have achieved High Distinction and Distinction in subjects like Quantitative Logistics and Transport, Supply Chain Planning & Design.
  2. Advanced data analysis and modelling skills and formal training
  3. Advanced Excel and VBA skills
  4. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  5. Attention to detail and strong organisation skills
  6. SAP experience desirable
  7. 1-2 years industry experience and/or supply chain experience desirable

Visit Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd website

Coca-Cola Amatil

Placement details to be confirmed

Visit Coca-Cola Amatil's website

ComfortDelgro Corporation Australia

Australia’s Largest Private Bus Operator.

CDC is a major Australian operator of passenger land transport. CDC is one of the largest private operators in Sydney, NSW. CDC operates services under contracts within NSW via our Hillsbus, Hunter Valley Buses and Blue Mountains Transit brands. In Queanbeyan regional NSW, CDC operates under the Qcity Transit and Transborder Express brands and in Melbourne as CDC Victoria.

Placement: Planning Officer

We are seeking the talents of an aspiring transport professional to undertake a series of planning related projects including public timetable review and production, route planning as well as network review in our Sydney Bus Contract Region working with the Service Development department. CDC is currently going through a very exciting growth phase with additional services added each year and the graduate joining us would find him or herself in the thick of the service development process.

The project objectives are split into two major activities to be carried out during the internship.

  1. Castle Hill Interchange School Bus Network Review. This requires the candidate to assess existing school services and school service travel times with the view to optimize a section of the school network. The project will require fieldwork (Castle Hill and surrounding suburbs) to research current service patronage, capacity and running times as well as analysis against a variety of business systems (PTIPS and Opal). The candidate will under guidance be responsible for preparing and develop changes to the school bus network for internal and TfNSW approval, and subsequently for the successful introduction of the proposed changes.

The first project will be the main focus for the successful intern.

  1. CDC regional timetable review and production. The candidate is required to work closely with HASTUS/OSD data and to produce neat and reliable timetables for our customers and other business partners (local councils and TfNSW). The candidate will need to document all the issues found and relevant information gathered during the period, thus good recording keeping skill is critical in the task.

The second project will be an ongoing mission during the internship period.

This role will suit a candidate with sound analytic skills, good geographical knowledge and an ability to interact with various internal and external stakeholders. It requires the ability to use and critically assess the information from business system reports, including PTIPS, ticketing reports, field surveys, driver reports and customer feedback. Good record keeping skills and the ability to assess several locations simultaneously are paramount. Training in the use of the business systems will be provided.

This project role will report to the Service Development Manager and be based at our Head Office in Seven Hills. The project supervisor is an ITLS alumni with a Master of Transport Management Degree. Several other staff in the business are also ITLS Alumni.

This project role is for 3 months and previous interns have secured full time roles within CDC

Placement: Graduate Scheduler Intern

The role requires the candidate to produce accurate high quality information and critically assess the information from business system reports. The candidate should be comfortable with MS Excel as it is a primary analysis tool. The candidate should show initiative and have high working capacity, and should have the ability to prioritise work, work independently and be willing to work with large amounts of data.

The project objectives are to assess existing services with the view to optimize a section of the existing timetables.

Good record keeping skills with the emphasis on checking and accuracy. You will be required to convert data into timetables, to deliver a balanced and efficient solution using the computer application during the project.

Training in the use of the internal business system will be provided.

Visit ComfortDelgro Corporation Australia's website

QantasLink Airports

QantasLink Airport Placement  

  • Assist in the review and development of current ground handling strategy 
  • Assess ports performance 
  • Identify opportunities to improve low performing ports 
  • Review current tool LISO (Leading Indicator Safety Oversight)  
  • Recommend changes/enhancements to LISO 
  • Will require some travel to ports

Visit QantasLink Airports' website

Reckitt Benckiser

RB* is the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company. The company has operations in over 60 countries, with headquarters in London, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in almost 200 countries. The company employs approximately 37,000 people worldwide.

With a purpose of delivering innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, RB is in the top 20 of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Today it is the global No 1or No 2 in the majority of its fast-growing categories, driven by an exceptional rate of innovation. Its health, hygiene and home portfolio is led by 19 global Powerbrands of Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish and Air Wick. 80% of core revenues came from the health and hygiene categories of the portfolio.

Fuelled by a new breed of talent who blend intellectual curiosity with commitment to the highest standards, RB is set to redefine the world of consumer health and hygiene. RB people and its culture are at the heart of the company’s success. They have an intensive drive for achievement and a desire to outperform wherever they focus, including sustainability where the company is targeting a 1/3 reduction in water impact, 1/3 reduction in carbon and to have 1/3 of its net revenue coming from more sustainable products by 2020.

Placement: Supply Intern

The candidate will be providing support and implementation of 2 large projects that the RB Supply team will be undertaking over the 12 week period.

The candidate will be working alongside the Logistics Manager for ANZ to co-ordinate with the 3PL Partners and support the Logistics Network to ensure all timelines are adhered to with no interruptions to the operations.

The Intern will have the opportunity to work with RB’s 3rd Party Logistics Partners – so working with reputable organisations such as K&N, DHL, DBS, Hellmann, Rohlig to find solutions as well as obtain exposure to the Import Process for Australia & New Zealand.

Candidates should possess:

  • Strong interpersonal skills as candidates will have client facing roles and will be assisting the Logistics Manager in leading meetings/conversations with both Senior Internal and External Stakeholders
  • Basic knowledge of Project Management – desirable
  • Knowledge or exposure to 3PL - desirable
  • Strong analytical mindset & approach to reaching recommendations and conclusions
  • Objective, innovative and independent thinker
  • Positive Can-Do attitude with a proven commitment to their work
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage tasks with a diverse range of prioritise and problems

Visit Reckitt Benckiser's website

Veolia  NSW

Placement: Route Optimisation Project

Position description


Past placements

Organisations that have previously provided placements in this program include:

Testimonials from our graduates

Stella Song (Placement: RB):

Participating into the ITLS work placement program is completely enjoyable experience for me, I feel very lucky that I am able to understand how the supply chain works in reality looks like right after my graduation. People from ITLS and my assigned organisation (RB) have been very helpful, they guided me through the processes of how to develop employability to fit with real job for a fresh graduate. Also, I was able to met lots of talented people who working hard with passion, and it inspired me that it is important to step out of my comfort zones and find opportunities to make myself to become a better me after this program. Definitely take this chance.

Helen Lin (Placement: Forest Coach Lines):

I would high recommend this program to other students. It is genuinely a valuable opportunity for a graduate to work a bunch of professionals in the
industry. All the colleagues are very helpful and willing to spend time teaching me new knowledge. I got the chance to get involved in multiple exciting projects, which motivated me to learn and to present the best side of me. It also helped broaden my horizon, opening a new gate for me to explore in such a dynamic industry.

Thomas Tramby (Placement: NSW Community Transport Organisation):

The graduate placement program is an excellent way to gain exposure to industry leaders. Through my placement, I was able to lead a project which will play a significant part in the shaping of the Community Transport Industry in light of the NDIS. I found my employer Community Transport Organisation, to be highly helpful, motivating and flexible. I feel the program is an extremely useful resource to any student fortunate enough to be in a position to take advantage of it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain exposure to the industry of their choice and likewise announce their potential to industry leaders."

Claudio Barahona (Placement: Cubic Transportation Systems):

I am writing to express my gratitude to the University of Sydney for my stay while studying in the period 2009-2011 for my Master of International Business and Master of Logistics Management. I had a very pleasant experience of my studies at ITLS. Although I already had experience in logistics, the Master of Logistics Management offered me with the latest trends and knowledge in supply chain. I found the lectures superb in knowledge, both academic and practical. The program offers a high quality portfolio of courses providing insight into different industries such as aviation, maritime and retail. I particularly enjoyed the following courses: Transport and Logistics Strategy, Intelligent Transport and Logistics Systems, Analysis Tools for Transport and Logistics, Value Chain Management, International Freight Transportation and Organisational Logistics. I have recommended the master to several people from my country (Chile) for the Master's unique structure and high quality lecturers.

Cubic Transportation Systems is the world leader in integrating and delivering successful transport payment system. ITLS' post graduation work placement program gave me the opportunity to gain work experience in Australia in transport and logistics field with challenging projects where you can apply the knowledge of the courses taught by ITLS. It is also a good opportunity to build a professional network and to prove to yourself that your knowledge is very valuable. After the program the company offered me a permanent position as a Senior Supply Chain Consultant. I was a significant contributor to the design and establishment of the smartcard supply chain for Sydney's Opal smartcard transport project. This experience gave me a new mindset of my own capabilities and how you can contribute to solve complex problems with creativity and expert knowledge from ITLS.

Scottie Peng (Placement: Hapag-Lloyd):

I strongly suggest to those who are eligible to work hard for the opportunity for the work placement program. What we gain exposure to is the most recent frontline scenarios that we will be encountering in industry. It provides a perfect shortcut to apply what we learn at ITLS to reality. What we do represents the long term relationship between ITLS and the industry. Continue to show your hunger, be proactive and absorb as much information as possible. Hapag-Lloyd certainly look after their internship applicants well, and thank you once again for the wonderful knowledge that Sydney University has prepared us with.

Peter Graham (Forest Coach Lines):

This program is an excellent way of translating many of the theoretical concepts studied at ITLS into a "real-world" business setting. I found that many of the benchmarking concepts I studied linked so appropriately to my placement that I would literally reread the lecture notes and apply them to what I was doing. This was an immensely valuable programme and the experiences will be important in both future interviews as well as my long-term career. I would highly recommend pursuing this program to ITLS graduates as a means of refining your career goals and further boosting your graduate credentials.

Fabia Palmer (Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers):

I am amazed at the skills and knowledge I was able to develop during my placement, even within such a short period of time. My time at PricewaterhouseCoopers was excellent and went a long way to help better understand myself, my professional goals and narrow down my long term career aims. The experience and the exposure to the people and the professional environment has been invaluable in shaping my future career direction. I cannot thank PwC and ITLS enough for the opportunity.

Thomas Uthaug (Placement: ComfortDelGro Cabcharge):

This program is a great opportunity for ITLS students, particularly for those with no previous industry background. The breadth of roles and companies available across the industry guarantees that you will find a placement that suits your interests. The placement will challenge you to go beyond the academic teaching at ITLS and apply your newfound knowledge to real world business problems. You will learn from people with vast business experience and you have an opportunity to gain a valuable network of industry contacts. It is a great first step not to be missed in both establishing a career and finding a degree related job after graduation.

Mae Annabelle Magtibay (Placement: Veolia Environmental Services):

I would recommend the program to those who would like to get involved in the daily operations of a company. This would create a better understanding and appreciation of the basic theories we learned in school and how it is applied in the daily activities of the business.

Yi Jia (AWA Limited):

This program will provide you the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience that you can't get in the classroom. Those experiences will give you an edge in job hunting. Such program also offer networking opportunities that enable you to meet people who might help you land a job (I was very lucky to be referred to a job by one of my colleagues after the program). Best of all, you will gain a sense of achievement when you can apply what you have learnt to help your host organisation. So, there is no reason not to recommend this program to you, my fellow students."

Update from Yi Jia: The trading company I am currently working for is called Crown Export International. It is a small export company exporting Australian beverages. And I have another news for you, I just got an offer from Samsung Electronics yesterday!!! I was so excited and couldn't fall asleep last night! The job will commence in early August. My title is called Reverse Logistics Coordinator. Responsibilities as told by my supervisor at the interview are: analysing product return data, preparing reports, visiting stores to seek improvement and involving in the final improvement and follow-up. Sounds very interesting and challenging to me. Will give you more thoughts about this job once I get on to the job. I could not have achieved this, if I hadn't chosen ITLS. The statistical analysis skills and knowledge acquired from the course work and experience gained from the work placement program are the key contributors enabling me to win this job over other candidates who do not have logistics background even though they have permanent residency while I do not. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to ITLS and all the staff organising the work placement program.
Yang Liu (Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers):

This program will broaden your horizon on what business are like in real world. It gives you the opportunity to practice your skills learned from school and improve your ability to handle real problems. You will gain more understanding on what are expected for a specific job and reshape yourself to become more competent.

Xiaofen Chen (Placement: Parsons Brinckerhoff):

The great part of this program is that it provides graduates with opportunity to gain valuable work experience and kick start career. Working at Parsons Brickerhoff allows me to be involved in many large-scale and specialised projects and to learn from experts in the transport and traffic fields. This experience not only equips me with professional skills needed for a successful career but also enables me to develop a better understanding of my own value. I highly recommend this program to ITLS graduates who wish to work in the field of transport and logistics, as it definitely offers an important pathway from university to employment.

Nisarg Desai (Placement: SAHA International):

I think ITLS is doing tremendous job in providing graduate work placements as well as providing quality education. As a Master's student I found some of the units were very insightful and would like to continue any sort of affiliation with ITLS in time to come.

Cheng Li (Placement: Parsons Brinckerhoff):

I would like to strongly recommend this program for all the graduates from ITLS. It is such a fantastic opportunity for you to work with leading companies in the industry and to cooperate with some outstanding talents. You will get a thorough understanding for your future career path because of this program. You will also have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses because of tremendous challenges during this program. For the international student, it is definitely a valuable chance to gain real work experience in Australia.

Claudia Bottini (Placement: Interfleet Technology):

Working for Sydney Metro (on behalf of Interfleet Technology) was without a doubt one of the best opportunities I have ever had. Being part of such an important project was an experience beyond my expectations, as was the number of things and skills I acquired in such a short period of time. At SM I have had the honour of working with some of the best experts of the metro/rail industry, an opportunity which I could not have had without the work placement program. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the Transport and/or Logistics field, as this could actually represent the platform that helps you enter the industry and shape yourself professionally.

Yirong Huang (Placement: ComfortDelGro Cabcharge):

This program is one of the best ways to bridge the demand of employer and the supply of graduates directly and effectively, and also, in the other way, enhances the reputation of ITLS. As a graduate, study performance is not enough; it's a challenge for me to adapt myself quickly to the business world. In addition, the possible employment opportunity after this program is a quick way to find a formal and degree-related job after graduation.

Penny Peng (Placement: Veolia Environmental Services):

This program provides you great opportunity and exposure to the real-life practice of the business, and also the internship experience would assist you to reinforce or design your career path. My experience with Veolia equips me with great experience of working effectively as a team member within a fast-paced working environment of an industry leader.

Peng Cui (Placement: AWA Limited):

This program is the shortest path to your employment.. I obtained terrific experience of real stock flows, third and fourth party logistics from AWA, which is one of the best technology service providers.

Michael Cohrs (Placement: Hapag Lloyd):

The program gives you the chance to gain work experience in the transport and logistics field with well-known and international companies. It is a good opportunity to build up a personal network. You can prove yourself and you may even get a permanent employment.

Kendrew Fung (Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers):

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Australia's leading consultancy firm, is absolutely a fantastic place to kick off my career. The ultimate challenges from wide range of consultancy projects rapidly developed my analytical skills as well as professional business working style. The work placement program and in particular the valuable opportunity of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Advisory - Economics) are highly recommended to all ITLS current and future students.

Ling Hu (Placement: Transport Workers Union):

This program allows graduates to integrate knowledge and skills learnt from academic studies at ITLS with real work experience in a transport and logistics field.

Meng Hua (Placement: BusNSW):

ITLS' Graduate Work Placement Program is definitely a rewarding and valuable experience for everyone. It helps us to consolidate our knowledge with the real world. In addition, this program is also providing us a short path to obtain employment opportunities in the transport and logistics industry. I would like to recommend this program to anyone who is willing to dedicate themselves to the transport and logistics industry.

Li Jiana (Placement: Busways):

It is a good chance for us to get practical working experience in logistics/transportation industry, where we can utilize our abilities and knowledge learnt in the university. It also gives us the chance to know our shortages in the practical world before we start formal employment."

Minyan Jin (Placement: Shipping Australia Limited):

This program allows me to blend my theoretical knowledge with real world working experience that provides inestimable benefits for my future career development. It is also impossible to resist the temptation of this wonderful opportunity because of three critical reasons: i) a challenge task which allows me to learn new things and build up new abilities; ii) thoughtful supports from friendly colleagues and open-minded bosses; iii) a possible further employment opportunity.

Tanya Xiaoya (Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers):

This program provided me with a platform; prepared me for my transition into a full time job after study. I definitely recommend any of you to try it. You won't regret it!

Yueming Yin (Placement: AWA Ltd):

The program gave me a great opportunity to throw myself into a professional environment. What's more, the program gave me the opportunity to think as a participant in the business, not as a student any more.

Testimonials from our industry partners

Karen Durkan, New Product Implementation Manager, RB:

The calibre of the candidate placed with RB was exemplary. Our candidate was very eager to learn, quickly picked up things and actioned to add value to our business. In FMCG this is a very important skill and also ensures the student has the best possible learning opportunity.

Ian Grose, Forest Coach Lines:

The ITLS program enables enthusiastic graduates to utilise the skills learned at University in practice. The opportunities available on this programme are vast and really give the graduate an opportunity to learn new skills, work with senior management and add value to the business.

Nick Stevens, Easy Transport / NSW Community Transport Organisation:

The ITLS graduate work placement program has given us dedicated time for analytical examination of some key industry issues. The input from the placement has been particularly beneficial because it has been underpinned by strong academic rigour. The initial pool of applicants for the placement, provided by ITLS, was very good to the extent that we had difficulty choosing between them.

Mark Wooldridge, Manager, Corporate Communications, ComfortDelGroCabcharge:

The work placement proved to be a great opportunity for the right student to apply their discipline to a defined business project. The transport studies were mixed with effective business reporting processes to produce a new business analysis tool that identified where key improvements could be made in the Operations/Planning. Many findings from the report were actioned during the project term and the findings were presented to Senior Business Managers.

Jacqualine Myint, Senior Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia:

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.

Milan Vjestica, GM Sales and Consulting, Swisslog Australia Pty Limited:

This program allows us to see the calibre of students available to the industry. It also gives us the opportunity to contribute to the education system to help develop future talent and decision makers in our industry.

Brad Cooper, Busways:

This program gives graduates a chance to apply their studies and theoretical knowledge to the workforce and gain industry experience in their field of study. The program also gives employers an opportunity to have their business operations viewed from another perspective.

Robert Dick, Shipping Australia Limited:

This program offers: i) the opportunity to fulfill a task for which resources might not otherwise be available; ii) assessment of a potential future employee without commitment; iii) practical application of university qualifications in a commercial environment; and iv). low cost means of achieving some or all of the above.

Roger Jones, Logistics Manager, AWA Limited:

The program is mutually beneficial, particularly in our case with the mixing of intellectual horsepower and practical know-how in an open exchange of views.

John Douglas, AWA Limited:

The quality of candidate ITLS provided resulted in AWA placing the candidate in a logistics position.

Richard Priest, Transport Workers Union:

The Transport Workers Union would like to take this opportunity to thank the ITLS for organising the recent graduate work placement program. The candidate we selected ended up being a valuable member of our research team and we have subsequently offered her a position at the TWU. The Transport Workers Union is always interested in giving experience and knowledge to those who wish to work in the transport industry and urge other transport companies to do the same. The ITLS program is a great way to ensure knowledge and skills are passed on to the next generation of transport workers.