What is a Cadetship?
A cadetship merges formal vocational training and practical work experience. These cadetships consist of both full-time study and arranged work placements. The NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship program aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attain employment in the Allied Health sector.
Who is Eligible for a Cadetship?
The NSW Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship is available for:
- Individuals who identify as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students currently enrolled full-time in their final 3 years of their undergraduate allied health degree
- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the final 3 years of their first undergraduate degree that leads to the eligibility of becoming an Allied Health professional
- Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in their first undergraduate degree course, combined undergraduate degree or
- Honours year that leads to the eligibility of becoming an Allied Health professional
- Australian residents only
Students who fit these requirements are eligible for cadetships, They can apply for this cadetships program from the NSW Ministry of Health through the Health Education and Training Institute.
Entry-level Allied Health Courses:
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Therapy
- Oral Health
- Orthotics and Prosthetics
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
How Do Cadetships Work?
Cadetships involve an individual working full-time at a company while also undertaking full-time university study. Their length can vary from 18 months to 2 years. They allow Aboriginal/Torres Strait students to achieve the experience and qualifications required for a variety of careers in the public, private and community sectors. They aid them in attaining meaningful employment once they have completed their studies.
Cadets in the NSW Health Aboriginal Allied Health Cadetship Program will work in their local public hospital or health facility while also undertaking their studies. They will earn an income during their cadetship and will receive valuable mentoring by health-care professionals. They will be able to develop both cultural and allied health connections. This program provides the cadet with paid work while they complete their studies. It allows them to experience for themselves what it is like to work in a health workplace/facility.
What Is the Difference Between Cadetship and Internship?
Internships involve a person taking on temporary employment, with the goal of attaining a graduate position. They can be paid or unpaid and are usually conducted over a short period of time (during summer/winter break or during the semester).
Cadetships, on the other hand, involve full-time employment with a company/organisation, as well as studying. As they are full-time employment, they provide a cadet with a wage and other benefits of being an employee at that workplace.