Not-for-profit organisation Doxa wants CBD businesses to offer cadetships to disadvantaged youths.
Doxa CEO Steve Clifford said: “We have a diverse range of students all in great need. These young people are experiencing, and have experienced, significant disadvantage in their lives.”
“Many are the first in their family to attend university. Most are supplementing studies with part-time work. They simply don’t have the social capital, financial support or professional networks that you and I had.”
Corporate partners support Doxa by providing annual work placements, with staff mentoring cadets.
Since 1993, around 500 young people have participated in the Doxa Cadetship Program.
“We are calling out for all Melbourne-based organisations – everyone from a corporate big four to small, independent start-ups – to take on a Doxa cadet this year,” Mr Clifford said.
Doxa offers disadvantaged young people hopes for an employable future through a cadetship program and industrial connection with Melbourne businesses.
The program supports young people with challenging life circumstances, like financial difficulty, cultural or linguistic barrier, family trauma and minority background to complete university and gain access to the industry.
These students have finished high school and secured a place at university, but are facing significant barriers.
For more information, see www.doxa.org.au