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Leading education provider Navitas has announced it is offering a ‘Professional Year Program’ to recently graduated international students, through its Career Solutions division.

The Professional Year Program is an initiative of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) as part of the 485 Skilled Graduate Visa. The Professional Year is available as a course of study in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Accounting and Engineering professions.

Navitas Workforce General Manager Catherine Chaffey said the Professional Year program had been designed to assist international graduates to gain practical employment skills in their chosen profession to enhance employment opportunities.

“The program has strong and direct links to industry, including a 12-week professional internship to ensure it provides experiences that are relevant to securing employment,” Ms Chaffey said.

All graduates of the Professional Year Program will be eligible for an additional 10 migration points towards permanent residence which will be of assistance to the majority of participants.

The Professional Year is the responsibility of the relevant professional bodies. The Australian Computer Society has responsibility for the Professional Year in Computer Science, and Engineers Australia is the group responsible for Engineering. The Accounting PY is known as the SMIPA (Skilled Migration Internship Program – Accounting) and is jointly managed by CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants and National Institute of Accountants.

Ms Chaffey said Navitas will offer the program at several CBD locations, starting
In Sydney in September 2008 with Melbourne programs to follow thereafter. Courses will be offered in other locations across Australia, based on demand, with Navitas leveraging its key partnerships with universities, English training and workforce training.

“The use of industry experts to deliver the program will enhance the program and ensure it meets all the needs of the participants,” she said.

It is a requirement of DIAC that the program runs for 44 weeks, and is studied on a part-time basis. It consists of an orientation program, followed by coursework for 10 hours per week for a six-month period. This is delivered in small groups and can accommodate participants who are working in other jobs. A professional internship is a compulsory component of the program, where participants undertake 12 weeks work experience with a company in a role that reflects their training and career aspirations.

According to Ms Chaffey, Navitas has extensive business contacts and will continue to develop these as the program grows further.

“Each Professional Year Program, according to the profession, varies slightly as there are different requirements per program,” she said.

For example, The Australian Computer Society offers membership, as well as online training with regards to being an ICT professional. All programs conclude with a graduation ceremony and Professional Year certificate.

“An important part of the Navitas program is that all graduates will receive assistance through our career placement service which will further assist in employment in the desired profession,” Ms Chaffey said.

“The Professional Year is an exciting program for which there will be very strong demand.”

For further details, visit, and look for the ‘World of Work’ section or email [email protected].

*At the time of publication, students successfully completing the course may be eligible to claim additional points towards permanent residency application. This is subject to the terms and conditions set out by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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I am international student form India, studding MBA at USA .How is it help full to me please send me details.

I am just graduated.I studdied chemistry.How is help full to me please send me more details.

I completed BSc(microbiology,chemistry,zoology) from Bangalore University,MSc(applied microbiology) in VIT University and am currently doing MBiotech(Adv) at University of Queensland, Brisbane, a course with science,business and research subjects. Can i take up professional year program? Pls send details courses, fees, admission & curriculam. Can I do PY program simultaneously with MBiotech?

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I am Salah.A.M.Iraqi.I had graduated from college of Arts-English department ,university of Baghdad in 1981.Ihave experence at studying about 27years.
I would like to apply for M.A.Degree study programin English department.
would you please send me the application form or any other necessary information to attend this program, also I speak and write fluently Turkisk, Persian,Kurdish,Deutch as well as English .
Please will you inform me which universities in Australia are dependable by the UNICEF and the costs or fees of studyding or any other information you have about immigration to Australia also studying there.
I'm waiting your honest reply with my best wishes.

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