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Does your company need diverse high-achieving young talent? Look no further


Victorian not-for-profit organisation, Doxa is calling on companies across the state looking for diverse and talented young minds to join Project 120 and help support high achieving young Victorians. Doxa has identified 120 first-year university undergraduates committed to completing their education and realising their professional career goals.

Project 120 aims to recruit 120 Cadetship Program partners to take on these brilliant young Victorians, while building a more diverse and engaged workforce. The chosen students come from various backgrounds and challenging life circumstances. Some are from culturally diverse families including refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Around 33 per cent come from rural and regional Victoria and have moved to Melbourne to study. All students have been accepted into university to study their chosen tertiary degree, are committed and highly motivated to achieve their career goals.

Who is Project120 aimed at?

Alison Polyik, Doxa General Manager Partnerships and Corporate Affairs, said Project 120 is the solution for companies seeking intelligent, focused young people to bring a unique set of skills, agility and fresh thinking to the business. The program is also suitable for organisations looking to attract and recruit a diverse team of talented staff.

“A diverse and inclusive workplace brings out the best in people. It helps foster greater innovation, increase staff morale and drive stronger business problem solving capability. Through Project 120, there is a real opportunity for companies to drive positive business results and outcomes,” she said. “We identify and put forward a high calibre of first-year university undergraduates from a range of backgrounds who bring valuable skills and new ideas to any business.”

“This program is ideal for companies who need smart, forward-thinking and highengaged individuals for entry level and project tasks. Not only do the students have talented minds, but they’re also highly invested in their studies and are driven to obtain valuable work experience for an employable future,” Ms Polyik said.

Mukul Relan, Kim Quinones, Emily Dao, Shelley Fenech, Michael Tran, Ejaz Ali, Grace Davidson
Mukul Relan, Kim Quinones, Emily Dao, Shelley Fenech, Michael Tran, Ejaz Ali, Grace Davidson

How exactly does Doxa help these students?

Doxa supports its Cadetship Program partners by providing a shortlist of talented applicants relevant to their sector, building a learning and development framework, providing mentoring and recruitment support as well as on-boarding advice, skilled volunteering and offering opportunities for employees to participate in the cadet’s professional development program.

“Additionally, we administer financial assistance directly to the students, so companies don’t have to. We also develop employability and personal skills in young people through our tailored professional development program,” Ms Polyik said.

Studies show that for all university students from disadvantaged backgrounds, only one in three finish their degree. This compares to 88 per cent of Doxa cadets, who also have the confidence and professional skills to support their transition into work life. Doxa is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation that provides programs for young people so that everyone can access positive life experiences, educational opportunities and employment pathways.