Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Industry Information

How is Industry Supported by CSU?

A CSU School of Agricultural & Wine Sciences workplace learning academic will work with you prior to the placement to provide any guidance you require on:

  • the purpose and learning objectives of students on practicum.
  • the role of mentors (managing the mentoring vs. monitoring relationship).
  • student abilities.
  • setting of expectations for students and mentors undertaking practicum.
  • the student assessment process.
  • support available to mentors and students.

In addition, participating organisations will have available to them:

  • a staff member  from  CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences contactable at all hours.
  • assistance with all student issues including evaluation, compliance with company policies and student/workplace grievances and mediation.
  • documentation regarding School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences practicum policies, procedures, evaluation and expectations.

How will student development be assessed?

This HECS subject is a major component of their final year. Students receive a grade for their efforts whilst on practicum.

Student assessment includes:

  • Professional portfolio – reflective piece where students demonstrate professional development.
  • Reflective journal or Blog.
  • A major project conducted during practicum. Negotiated with the workplace, this project will work towards improving a situation within the workplace or region.
  • Seminar on the major project to the university and industry members.
  • Curriculum Vitae and job interviews.
  • Evaluation of technical and professional competencies by industry mentor.  These will be agreed upon prior to practicum and evaluated throughout the program.

How do we prepare students for practicum?

Students undergo training in:

  • occupational health and safety
  • chemical handling (ChemCert)
  • animal handling
  • first aid
  • privacy, professional indemnity and intellectual property

Students are also tested and vaccinated against Q fever.

What is Industry's Role?

This program relies heavily on support from industry to provide the profession specific technical training and the venue for this high level education activity.

Industry participants are required to:

  • provide safe workplaces for students
  • provide an appropriately trained staff member to mentor the student and monitor their progress on a regular basis
  • assess student applications and conduct interviews with students for practicum
  • work with staff to ensure students receive the best possible learning experience in Australian agriculture.

There are no financial expectations placed on participating organisations, just some time.

What are the benefits to industry?

Exposure to CSU's best and brightest students in agriculture.

Industry has the opportunity to interview and  train CSU's best agriculture students and observe their abilities in their workplace.

Students will be an asset during busy periods as they will have three years of tertiary education.

Be part of a group proactively working to build the importance of agricultural education and the number and quality of graduates

Industry participants are invited to become a 'CSU Partner in Agricultural Education' with opportunities for:

  • real input into the educational experience of graduates.
  • increased exposure of company profiles to students through participation in a range of activities including seminars, careers fairs and research projects.
  • increased marketing through the CSU website, media releases and public events.
  • suitable recognition of the individual contribution of industry mentors.