Logistics and Transport Graduate Work Placement Program

About the Program

Overview

ITLS offers our students the opportunity to undertake a 12-week full time (minimum 35 hours per week) graduate work placement with one of our industry partners in a transport or logistics and supply chain 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 been offered ongoing employment with their organisation at the end of their placement. A minimum weekly stipend of $200 is provided by the organisation who will organise an induction / orientation for the graduate at the beginning of the program and provide ongoing supervision and support throughout the placement. Only one placement is usually available per organisation.

Supervision and support

The Program Coordinator will maintain regular contact with graduates 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 graduate and from each industry partner in order to ensure that there is a clear program of work for the 12 week placement. Graduates 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 graduates will be arranged mid way through the program; the meeting will be facilitated by the Program Coordinator.

Timeline

The Logistics and Transport Graduate Work Placement Program runs twice per year with 12 week placements starting in December / January (for students completing in Semester 2 or the January Intensive Session) and July / August (for students completing in Semester 1 or the July Intensive Session). Closing dates for applications are in November and June / July each year.

Placement schedule 

Semester 2, 2014 completion

Semester 2 ends Saturday 22 November 2014
Applications open  Monday 13 October 2014 
Applications close
Sunday 16 November 2014 (midnight)
Interviews at ITLS
Monday 24 November 2014
Interview workshop
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Interviews with industry partners
Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 December 2014
Placements commence
Monday 8 or 15 December 2014
Placements end
Friday 13 March 2015

Semester 1, 2015 completion

ITLS are currently investigating the potential to amend the schedule for the placements for students completing in Semester 1 so that the placement can be accommodated within the international student visa duration.

Eligibility

The program is designed for graduates wishing to gain experience in a transport / logistics and supply chain 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, and achieved a credit average (65%) in, the Master of Logistics Management, Master of Transport Management or the Master of Commerce with a specialisation in logistics and supply chain management, transport and infrastructure management, or aviation and maritime management and logistics, at the University of Sydney. Places are awarded on a competitive basis; successful applicants will be those who have an outstanding academic record and excellent communication skills.

Visa requirements

All graduates 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 graduate; any graduate 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 logistics / transport graduate 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 and why you feel you should be selected.

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 Careers Centre.

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 / 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 above information 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.

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

Semester 1 2014 completion, placements July-October 2014

ComfortDelGro Cabcharge Pty Ltd


ComfortDelGro and Cabcharge

Company overview

In 2005, ComfortDelGro and Cabcharge acquired the businesses and assets of the largest bus operator, the Westbus Group in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales. This venture marks ComfortDelGro's entry into the Australian market. Our partner in this venture is Cabcharge Australia Limited who owns 49% of ComfortDelGro Cabcharge Pty Ltd. In July 2006, the Group through its subsidiary, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge, acquired bus routes and assets of Holroyd Bus Lines Pty Ltd in the New South Wales' Metropolitan Region 3. A year later, the Group acquired the business and assets of Toronto Bus Services, a bus and coach operator in the Newcastle region of New South Wales. In November 2008, the Group together with Cabcharge Australia entered into a contract to acquire the fourth largest bus operator, Kefford Group in Victoria for A$149.2 million.

Placement details: Scheduler

The placement will require 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 and work independently 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.

Activities will include:

  • Bus timetabling review and optimisation
  • Introduction to the business and PTIPS data - operational walk through
  • Scheduling guidelines and KPI work through
  • Timetable analysis and data analysis (project based)
  • Guided submission of timetable to relevant stakeholders
  • Review of timetables created
  • Transport data analysis, PTIPS, introduction to scheduling software (Hastus)
Placement details: Planner (School Bus Network Review and Optimisation)

We are seeking the talents of an aspiring transport professional to undertake a school bus service review project in our Sydney Bus Contract Region working with the Service Development department. The Service Development department is the think-tank of the business. It is here that bus routes are designed with the view to optimizing the use of our resources that can be broadly categorized into the drivers, bus fleet and bus depots. CDC is currently going through a very exciting growth phase and the graduate joining us would find him or herself in the thick of the service development process.

The project objectives are 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 (SMBSC Region 4) to research current service patronage, capacity and running times as well as analysis against a variety of business systems. 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.

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 (incl OPAL), field surveys, driver reports and customer feedback. Good record keeping skills and the ability to assess several services simultaneously are paramount. Training in the use of the business system will be provided.

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

Activities will include:

  • Introduction to survey methods, available data sources and tools, mapping and analysis tools.
  • Service planning guidelines and KPI work through.
  • Set up primary survey plan for project one - Girraween Schools Network Review (AM and PM).
  • Survey / data analysis / network mapping.
  • Submit network review result and solution to TfNSW, document project one summary, and first presentation.
  • Preparation of project two - Kellyville Schools Network Review (AM and PM) - area study and survey plan.
  • Network review application to TfNSW.
  • Final report and presentation.

Key learning opportunities will be survey methods, transport data analysis, GIS analysis, transport Network Planning, and PTIPS.

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 and should have some understanding of geographical tools such as Google Maps and Google Map Engine.

The candidate should show initiative and have high working capacity, and should have the ability to prioritise work and work independently under guidance.

Sound geographic analytic skills are desired, as are good geographical knowledge and an ability to interact with various internal and external stakeholders, including customers, bus drivers and operation staff. Good communication skills are required especially when dealing with cultural diversity.

Effective Freight Management


Effective Freight Management

Company overview

EFM is a specialist freight company that draws together the varied skills of our nine (9) individual business units of which EFM is the largest.

  • We work on behalf of our clients
  • Are independent of any individual transport provider
  • Design solutions
  • Negotiate service delivery which addresses every element of the supply chain process.

EFM do not just move product, but we provide solutions that create a unique single-source supplier capable of assembling a range of transport services that is flexible and agile.

We comprehensively manage your distribution process and provide an unmatched level of Customer Service & Account Management. Becoming a valued client of EFM, you have at your disposal an organisation that will add value to your business through proactive management of supplier relationship and high levels of supply chain visibility.

  • Largest Freight Management Organisation in Australia
  • Ownership: Privately Owned
  • Company Trading Name: The Freight Consultants Pty Ltd (t/a EFM)
  • Established: 21/09/2000
  • Number of Employees:~100
Placement details

Activities include:

  • Introduction to business (who we are, what we do)
  • Customer service
  • Operations
  • Business analysis
  • Account management
  • Sales

The key learning opportunities are in fourth party logisitcs management and understanding of the local market.

The successful candidate should have a 'can do' attitude, enthusiasm, ability to think laterally and an interest in logistics.

Forest Coach Lines


Forest Coach Lines

Company overview

Forest Coach Lines is a private bus and coach operator based in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Forest Coach Lines has a long-standing reputation for high customer service, being innovative and its driver training program. In keeping with Forest's interest in innovation and investment in customer relations and service the company has partnered with academics at ITLS to work on a real-time app project called RateIT.

The successful candidate will be working on the RateIT project as part of the Forest Coach Lines team. RateIT is an app that has two primary functions. It allows passengers to exchange information about issues such as crowding, comfort and safety in real time. It also allows transport operators to link real-time data to their operational systems so that they can respond to passenger needs more effectively.

Placement: Operations Analyst (RateIT project)

The successsful candidate will assist help Forest Coach Lines to identify how the data sourced from the RateIT app can be incorporated into the day-to-day operational functions to add value to their business. An important element of the role is to liase with the RateIT software and systems teams who will be designing and building the RateIT app.

Activities:

  • Orientation to Forest Coach Lines operations and the RateIT project.
  • Scope and assess existing data generated through Forest operations.
  • Identify opportunities to generate new value from existing data.
  • Assist Forest liaise with RateIT software and systems teams.
  • Map strategies for incorporating RateIT into operational work practices.
  • Report on options and implementation strategies.
  • Evaluate operational implications of proposals put forward by RateIT software and systems teams.
  • Design methodology for monitoring RateIT pilot on Forest operations, specifically on-time running.
  • Set up monitoring systems and training materials.
  • Test beta versions of RateIT provided by software and systems teams.
  • Assist in any in-house consultation and testing.
  • Prepare collection of static data content that can be posted on RateIT.
  • Prepare for RateIT pilot, including preparing/briefing Forest staff.
  • Prepare a Frequently Asked Questions / Trouble-shooting guide to cater for passengers and Forest staff.
  • Prepare project documentation and handover notes.
  • Begin recruitment Forest passengers to participate in pilot.

The key learning opportunity will be to gain operational knowledge of how to deliver, evaluate and improve the day-to-day running of a public transport (bus) service.

The successful graduate will have:

  • Skills in data analysis (Excel and possibly SPSS)
  • Planning and implementing tasks
  • Managing time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in public transport and benchmarking performance

Ports Australia


Ports Australia

Company overview

Ports Australia is the peak body representing the interests of port and marine authorities in Australia. All Government owned ports, some privatised ports, and most state marine regulatory authorities are members of Ports Australia, as is the Department of Defence through the Royal Australian Navy.

Placement details

Activities will include:

  • Overview of Ports Australia's roles and activities
  • Review data project with Ports Australia colleagues
  • Review Ports Australia's Trade Statistics from Member ports
  • Background research for government submissions
  • Research State navigation legislation particularly in relation to pilotage
  • Liaise further with Members on Trade Statistics, commodity forecasts and financial data
  • Research content material for new Ports Australia website
  • Research and compile background material from government websites on economic forecasts
  • Ports Australia project work

The successful applicant will gain a sound briefing in the functioning and operation of all Australia ports, their supply chains, licences, environmental and planning operations, security, safety and Industrial relations. It is essential that the successful candidate has good computer skills in Word and Excel, good analytical skills for research and understanding statistics, and ability to work in a small office environment.

Shipping Australia Limited

Company overview

The major focus of Shipping Australia Limited (SAL), as a peak industry body, is both to promote and advance the interests of ship owners and shipping agents in all matters of shipping policy and safe environmentally sustainable ship operations. SAL???s members cover many of the major Australian and international ship owners, operators and agency companies involved in bulk, tanker, general cargo shipping, container, passenger and tramp trades. It also provides Secretariat services to the many liner companies and agencies that are members of conferences, discussion agreements, consortia and joint services that have their agreements registered under Part X of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act, 2012 (Cth). These agreements specifically seek to facilitate and encourage growth of Australia???s international liner shipping trades. It is in a unique position to reflect the views of all shipping companies servicing the Australian trades and to effectively represent their needs.

Placement details

The export grain supply chain will be the focus of the placement and SAL has a number of ideas that we are confident will make a beneficial study and be an interesting  opportunity for a suitable candidate.

The topics will include:

  • Door-to-door cost analysis of the container supply chain ($ and GHG)
  • Yield forecasting and container demand predictions
  • Modal breakdown of various gain commodities (bulk vs container)
  • Market access opportunities

There may also be an opportunity to attend two conferences in Melbourne:

  • 28-29 July, Australian Grains Industry Conference, Melbourne
  • 9-10 September, AusIntermodal Conference, Melbourne 

Transit Systems


Transit Systems

Company overview

Transit Systems is an umbrella organisation, which was formed to oversee the operations of Swan Transit (Perth), Torrens Transit (Adelaide), Bay Islands Transit (Brisbane), Gladstone Ferries (Gladstone) and the combined Stradbroke Ferries and Big Red Cat (Brisbane).

Transit Systems endeavours to provide their customers with:

  • A High Quality Public Transport Service
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Innovative route planning solutions
  • A stable, well trained and compensated workforce
  • Vehicles presented to the highest standards
  • High efficiencies leading to savings to the Government contractee

Founded in late 1995 Transit Systems came into prominence with the winning of its first tender in WA and the establishment of Swan Transit operations in the Midland area. In late 1996 Transit Systems commitment to standards in service and innovative management style, never before seen in WA, saw the company awarded two further contracts in the Southern River and Canning Vale area.These were quickly followed by the awarding of the South Armadale and Kalamunda contracts. In 2000 Transit Systems performance in very competitive public transport market was a major factor in it being awarded contracts to operate services in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

From humble beginnings in 1995 Transit Systems has established itself as one of Australia's largest and most respected bus and ferry operators. The Group's fully trained and experienced workforce continues to provide innovative solutions to bus planning problems and ferry operations and expects to continue to do so well into the future.

Transit Systems is a family company and is 100% Australian Owned.

Placement details

The graduate will gain exposure to a broad range of operational and strategic functions, including workshop and engineering activities and many administrative and management functions.

Activities will include:

  • Heavy vehicle (bus) driving tuition progressing to HR licence (Smithfield NSW)
  • Driver induction training program (Smithfield NSW)
  • Coordinator and radio room activities (Hoxton Park NSW)
  • Operations manager functions and activities (Hoxton Park NSW)
  • Business management and quality assurance systems familiarisation (Hoxton Park NSW)
  • Administration functions, including cash balances, customer comments handling, lost property, creditors, safety and environment and business management systems (Hoxton Park NSW)
  • Workshop manager functions (Southern River Depot WA)
  • Network planning and scheduling, including shifts and rosters (Beckenham Depot WA)
  • Ferry operations (Cleveland QLD)
  • Business development and tendering (Cleveland QLD)
  • Reporting and financial management (Cleveland, QLD)

The candidate should have a keen interest in public transport and be highly computer literate including intermediate level proficiency in Word, Excel and Access databases.

Transport for NSW


Transport for NSW

Company overview

Transport for NSW is the transport authority of the NSW Government providing an integrated approach to the planning and delivery of safe, reliable and efficient transport throughout NSW. Transport for NSW is responsible for improving the customer experience, planning, program administration, policy, regulation, procuring transport services, infrastructure and freight. Transport operating agencies have been freed up to focus on service delivery - providing safe, reliable, clean and efficient transport services.

Placement details

The Light Rail Transport planning team (Major Project Transport Planning, Planning and Programs) is responsible for the planning and development of light rail projects within NSW. Currently the team is working on the CBD and South East Light Rail, Newcastle Light Rail and the Parramatta Transport Corridor Strategy. The successful graduate will form part of the Project team working on the Parramatta Transport Corridor Strategy. This role will be to provide support to both the Project Director and Project Manager during the initial planning phases.

Activities:

  • Workplace induction
  • Project introduction
  • Project management and project support
  • Preparation of project management documentation
  • Input into engineering and design
  • Input into costing and economic appraisal
  • Input into the strategic business case

Areas of key learning include:

  • Project management and project support
  • NSW government practices and procedures
  • Light rail planning and operations
  • Integrated transport and land use planning
  • Multi-criteria assessment
  • Economic appraisal and strategic costing
  • Engineering and design
  • Data collection and analysis

Desirable skills / experience / knowledge to undertake this role include:

  • Previous exposure to project management and / or public transport planning
  • Knowledge of public transport trends and policies within NSW
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work with information technology (i.e., MS Office)
  • Undertaking tertiary qualifications in the field of traffic and transport

Round 2. January-March 2015

Placements to be confirmed.

Past placements

Organisations that have previously provided placements in this program include:

Feedback from our graduates

"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 CTO, 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."
Thomas Tramby MIB/MCom
Placement: NSW Community Transport Organisation

"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."
Claudio Barahona MIB/MLogMan
Placement: Cubic Transportation Systems

"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."
Scottie Peng MLM
Placement: Hapag-Lloyd; Position post-placements: Export Documentation Coordinator, Hapag-Lloyd then DAMCO New Zealand

"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."
Peter Graham MTM
Placement: Forest Coach Lines | Position Post Placement: Researcher, Forest Coach Lines

"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."
Fabia Palmer MLM
Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers

"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."
Thomas Uthaug MTM
Placement: ComfortDelGro Cabcharge | Position Post Placement: Planning Officer, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge

"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."
Mae Annabelle Magtibay MIB/MLM
Placement: Veolia Environmental Services

"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."
Yi Jia MLM
Placement: AWA Limited 2010 | Positions Post Placement: Trading Officer, Crown Export International; Reverse Logistics Coordinator, Samsung Electronics

Update from Yi Jia, 2011: "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."

"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."
Yang Liu MLM/MTM
Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers | Position Post-Placement: Offered a role with PricewaterhouseCoopers but currently undertaking higher research degree at Cambridge University, UK

"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."
Xiaofen Chen MLM/MTM
Placement: Parsons Brinckerhoff | Position Post-Placement: Transport Modeller, Parsons Brinckerhoff

"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."
Nisarg Desai MIB/MLM
Placement: SAHA International

"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."
Cheng Li MLM
Placement: Parsons Brinckerhoff

"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."
Claudia Bottini MTM
Placement: Interfleet Technology

"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."
Yirong Huang MCom/MLM Major BIS
Placement: ComfortDelGro Cabcharge | Positions post-placement: Planner, ComfortDelGro Cabcharge then Analyst, DHL Supply Chain

"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."
Penny Peng MLM/MCom
Placement: Veolia Environmental Services | Position post-placement: Logistics Operation Support, Veolia Environmental Services

"This program is the shortest path to your employment. It welcomes all students, especially suited for international students who do not have residency. Also, I obtained terrific experience of real stock flows, third and fourth party logistics from AWA, which is one of the best technology service providers."
Peng Cui MCom/MPacc, Major in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Placement: AWA Limited | Position post-placement: Junior Inventory Planner, AWA Limited

"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."
Michael Cohrs MLM
Placement: Hapag Lloyd | Position Post-Placement: Junior Management Program, Lekkerland

"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."
Kendrew Fung MLM/MCom
Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers | Position Post-Placement: Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers

"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."
Ling Hu MLM
Placement: TWU | Position post-placement: Researcher, TWU

"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."
Meng Hua MLM/MCom
Placement: BusNSW | Position post-placement: Research Officer, BusNSW

"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."
Li Jiana MLM/MIB
Placement: Busways | Position post-placement: Contracts Administrator, Busways

"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."
Minyan Jin MLM/MIB
Placement: Shipping Australia Limited | Position post-placement: Executive Assistant, Chinese Investment Company

"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!"
Tanya Xiaoya Wu MLM/MIB
Placement: PricewaterhouseCoopers | Position post-placement: Bank of China


"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."
Yueming Yin MCom/MLM
Placement: AWA Ltd | Position post-placement: Dispatch Team, AWA Ltd

In April 2010 Yueming Yin (Bob) was nominated employee of the month at AWA Ltd:

"At a meeting on the 7th of April 2010, Tommy Bingham, Logistics Manager, Hybrid Television Service (i.e., TIVO) went out of his way to praise the work that Bob has being doing on the Tivo contract. "Bob is fabulous" said Tommy. He went on to add that Bob does everything that is asked of him and that he is great to work with. "If they ask Bob, they know it will get done."

From: Frank Tuohy, Logistics and Operations Manager

Feedback from our industry partners

"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."
Nick Stevens, Easy Transport / NSW Community Transport Organisation (2013)

"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."
Mark Wooldridge, Manager, Corporate Communications, ComfortDelGroCabcharge

"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."
Jacqualine Myint, Senior Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia

"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."
Milan Vjestica, GM Sales and Consulting, Swisslog Australia Pty Limited

  • >"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"
    Brad Cooper, Busways

    "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."
    Robert Dick, Shipping Australia 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."
    Roger Jones, Logistics Manager, AWA Limited

    "The quality of candidate ITLS provided resulted in AWA placing the candidate in a logistics position."
    John Douglas, AWA Limited

    "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."
    Richard Priest, Transport Workers Union