Doxa’s Cadetship Program offers diverse, driven young talent for business to tap into


Getting through university and into a job can be tough.  And if a student is new to a city or hasn’t got an established network it can be even tougher.  On top of this there are bills to pay and study to get through.

Doxa’s Cadetship program supports young people to complete university and gain the skills for an employable future.

Cadetships are open to young people with challenging life circumstances who have finished high school and are about to go to university.  Since 1993, more than 400 young people have participated in the Doxa Cadetship Program.

It is a three to five year program, dependent on degree length, and one of the most intensive support programs available to disadvantaged undergraduates within the sector.

Everyone is different, but this could be financial difficulty, family trauma, being culturally and/or linguistically diverse, being from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or a refugee and/or migrant background.

Doxa CEO, Steve Clifford, said that: “We have a diverse range of Cadets all in great need.  These young people are experiencing significant disadvantage. They don’t have the social capital, financial support or professional networks that you and I had.”

“What they do have is the skills, growth mindset and incredible drive to succeed in business and in life. But they need your help in order to achieve this.”

“We are calling out for organisations with a focus on STEM, Business, Finance, Law and Arts to partner with us and join us on the journey,” said Clifford

Doxa’s aim is to build on the skills and behaviours required for success in the professional world. Cadetships also build on networks of support so that young people from challenging life circumstances get the assistance they need to complete their university degree.

Corporate partners support the program by providing an annual flexible work placement (up to eight weeks p.a.) with staff from sponsor companies participating as Mentors, supporting and guiding their Cadet to navigate the world of work.

This CSR-aligned social investment opportunity offers corporate partners a talented undergraduate as part of their team, skilled volunteering opportunities for existing staff and a chance to change the life of a high achieving young Australian from a disadvantaged background.

Doxa supports corporate 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.

The Cadetship program is part of Doxa’s portfolio, a series of programs from grade 5 to university that dovetail together and support educational attainment while also offering practical skills and experience to assist in a young person’s journey towards meaningful employment.

To get involved or for more information on the Doxa Cadetship Program, please visit

About Doxa

Doxa is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation that provides programs for disadvantaged young people so that they can access positive life experiences, education opportunities and employment pathways. Doxa has been around since 1972 and their programs support over 7,300 young Victorians – typically aged eight to 24 years old – each year. Every young person they interact with has a different set of life circumstances.  Doxa’s aim is to ensure that all young people enjoy enriching experiences and educational opportunity and advancement.

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