Indigenous Employment

Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program

 

The Western Sydney University Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program is delivered by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (ODVCIL) and provides a vocational pathway for Indigenous participants to gain paid experience in university operations as business administration trainees. 

Participants are employed as professional staff members and will acquire a unique business skillset from a host School, Division or Institute within the university. The program offers a one-year fixed term of employment in combination with enrolment into a Certificate III in Business Administration traineeship. 

While employment following the traineeship is not guaranteed, trainees will be encouraged and supported to apply for ongoing or fixed term employment and/or further study opportunities.

We welcome all interested Australian Indigenous people to apply for this valuable employment opportunity.

Host Unit

Frequently Asked Questions

An Australian traineeship is a vocational education and training (VET) pathway of employment. A traineeship is a training agreement between the trainee and their employer whereby the employer agrees to train the trainee via employment, and the trainee agrees to work and conduct study. This type of employment combines paid on the job training with an accredited national VET qualification delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO). Traineeships are presented to people of all ages and can last for as long as 48 months. Hiring a trainee is a great way to train a specific skill set within a workplace environment that is specific to fulfilling an employer’s needs. 

Ignite trainees will be employed on full time fixed term 12-month employment contracts under the respective WSU/College professional staff agreements. In addition to this a formal training plan will be developed in consensus with the host unit in delivering the BSB30120 Certificate III in Business Administration by The College as the RTO provider. The Office of Indigenous Employment will facilitate and provide strong support on this whole process.  

Expression of Interest applications open August every year and will need to be completed by the host unit prior to the end of September every year. The EOI form includes information on the host unit hiring manager and allocated trainee supervisor’s contact details, campus location of employment, trainee support and why the business unit wants to be part of this program. 

Applications will be assessed, and business units advised by end of October every year.

The Ignite Traineeship is a 12-month fixed term commitment for the business unit whereby the trainee conducts study one day per week or fortnight of structured learning with the registered training organisation (RTO). The College of WSU have partnered with the Ignite program to deliver the Certificate III in Business Administration with no charge to the trainee. This is subsidised by State Training Services NSW who administer the funding for eligible training. Western Sydney University The College will facilitate the training in hybrid sessions of online and face-to-face.

  • Host trainees for a 12-month fixed term of employment.
  • Provide a supportive and encouraging workplace environment.
  • Provide an ergonomically friendly workstation set up (work desk, chair and equipment).
  • Put in place genuine on the job training in accordance with the traineeship training plan.
  • Set up in house mentorship with a suitable work colleague.
  • Ensure trainees are compliant to unit workplace responsibilities.
  • Regularly consult with the Indigenous Employment Co-ordinator and other relevant stakeholders when needed.
  • Provide ongoing information on potential vacancies for future employment within the unit or relevant business contacts. 

The Trainee can be of any age and is able to provide professional, friendly, and engaging service support to the workplace supervisor and the host unit. The Trainee will complete all required and requested tasks appropriate to this level position and prioritise task completion in accordance with the University’s policy and procedures. This includes record keeping and filing systems as directed by workplace supervisor in accordance with University’s policy and procedures. 

Trainee Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

An Australian traineeship is a vocational education and training (VET) pathway of employment. During a traineeship the trainee will earn a wage and receive educational training about specific to the industry you have been employed within. This opportunity allows the trainee to build a practical and theoretical knowledge base of their field of work through paid on the job training and an accredited national VET qualification delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO). Traineeships are presented to people of all ages and can last for as long as 48 months. 

The Ignite Indigenous Traineeship Program is available to Australian Indigenous peoples of Greater Western Sydney to participate in on-the-job training alongside vocational education and training (VET) in a large higher education organisation.  

This is an identified position and applicants must be an Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander person. Being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14(D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW. 

Working at Western Sydney University means you’ll be part of an organisation that’s ranked Number 1 in the world in the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, which assess universities on their commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the top 2% of universities worldwide and is a research leader – with 85% of the University’s research being at or above world standard. We understand the key to your success is unlocking your true potential – just as we do with our students. Our 3,000 staff members work together to enable a dynamic, inclusive and innovative culture that is distinctly research-driven and student-centred.  

As a Business Administration Trainee, you will have a 12-month opportunity to learn various aspects of administration within a business environment. The main aspects of the role will include:

  • Providing service/administrative support to the workplace supervisor and business unit 
  • Maintain record keeping and filing systems
  • Use computerised information systems and related technologies
  • Prioritising own and other adhoc tasks to meet required deadlines 

To be considered for intake into this entry level employment program candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • To identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • To have completed a year 9 level of schooling or equivalent 
  • To have an interest in general business administration duties
  • Have not completed any formal education with an RTO
  • To display a commitment to enrol and complete a Certificate III in Business Administration traineeship for 12 months  


This is a full-time, fixed term role for 12-months with multiple positions on offer. These positions will be based in the multiple Schools, Divisions or Institutes across Western Sydney University. Please note that some of these roles are shared between two or more of the offices within these sectors of the university and a trainee will need to travel to a new campus for the next period of their employment.  

There are multiple opportunities at the following WSU campuses.

  • Bankstown City
  • Campbelltown
  • Hawkesbury
  • Kingswood 
  • Liverpool City
  • Parramatta South
  • Parramatta City Precinct
  • Sydney City
  • Sydney Olympic Park
  • Westmead 

Applications are open every year from September. 

Remuneration Package: HEW Level 1 $62,580 to $65,113 (comprising salary of $52,881 to $55,021 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)  

The College of WSU have partnered with the Ignite program to deliver the Certificate III in Business Administration for free. This is subsidised by State Training Services NSW who administer the funding for eligible training.

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