EPIC program

About the program

The Engineering Pathway Industry Cadetship (EPIC) is an 18-month program for refugee and asylum seeker engineers working on major transport infrastructure projects. There are 19 cadets currently taking part in the program.

The industry-first program aims to bridge the gap faced by new Australians in matching their international qualifications to Australian workforce requirements.

Cadets receive on-the-job training, support and mentoring and also complete a postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Engineering Management through Swinburne University.

The Graduate Certificate, combined with their international qualifications and the workplace experience gained through the program, will kick-start the cadet's careers in engineering in Victoria.

The paid cadetship provides valuable local work experience and access to industry networks – addressing the barriers often faced by new Australians in accessing professional employment.

Led by the Level Crossing Removal Project, employers from across State Government and private industry have signed on to support these vital roles across transport infrastructure and construction.


  • Paid 18-month cadetship providing valuable local work experience
  • On-the-job training and mentoring
  • Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Engineering Management


  • Bachelor level qualification in Engineering (any) from overseas or locally
  • Full working rights under the following Visas:
    • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) (subclass 449) visa
    • Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) (subclass 786) visa
    • Refugee visa (subclass 200)
    • Humanitarian (subclass 201) visa
    • Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202) visa
    • Emergency Rescue (subclass 203) visa
    • Women at Risk (subclass 204) visa
    • Protection (subclass 866) visa
    • Temporary Protection Visa 785
    • Safe Haven Enterprise (subclass 790) visa

How to apply

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Past EPIC employers

70 cadets have been employed through the program to date.

Program video

Further information

This program is run by Training for the Future through the Level Crossing Removal Project – a project office of Major Transport Infrastructure Authority delivering Victoria's Big Build.