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A win-win response to the Industry 4.0 revolution

As data integration has risen in priority, so too has the need for a new breed of specialist to manage digital work flow.
The Digital Engineering Apprenticeship program seeks out passionate, technically minded school leavers to partner with top-tier businesses in a 3-year paid-to-learn training model. The first-of-kind apprenticeship has been developed at the direct request of business leaders from across the engineering community to produce the digital specialists they want on their teams. Higher Apprentices meet the digital needs of businesses and gain real-world project experience while earning an industry recognised qualification in a partnership giving rise to a new class of para-professional.

Enter the 'new collar' worker. Enter the Digital Apprentice.




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Digital Apprentice Benefits

  • Paid, on-the-job learning
  • Nationally accredited Diploma of Applied Technologies
  • Additional modules, tailored to your projects, focusing on a range of tools including: visualisation, CAD, GIS and programming
  • Access to industry-leading technology
  • Support from working engineers and technicians
  • Collaboration with fellow apprentices based in other top-tier organisations
  • Pathway to lifelong learning.

Partner Organisation Benefits

  • Access to passionate, technically minded school leavers
  • Solution to current and upcoming skills shortages through project-based learning
  • Additional resource in digital skills, tailored to your organisation, including (but not limited to): visualisation, CAD, GIS and programming  
  • Access to shared knowledge base from companies implementing similar strategies
  • Opportunities to train and retain talent aligned with the business needs
  • Supporting diversity through the paid-to-learn model

Digital Apprentice Model

The digital apprenticeship model offers business and education best-practice.


Fast-tracked experience for school leavers

The traineeship offers relevant and practical learning with the guidance of engineers and technicians that form a career-long professional network.


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A rewarding digital engineering career

Top-tier companies are seeking out a new class of specialists to feature in their digital transformation. As designs transition to programming and data rich models, digital engineers are the innovators of this space.


Supported and utilitised by leading companies

A number of Australian businesses, including Mott MacDonald, are gearing up to host their next round of digital engineering apprentices in 2024 to support their engineering teams.

Guided by industry experts

Guided by SAGE Group engineers and technicians, students work with industry-leading technology and gain real-time experience in workplace problem solving for their host partners.

A range of practical assessment tools are used to track learning that can be contextualised to add value to placement workplaces and ensure relevance to apprentice’s future roles.

Course modules create future-readiness for apprentices while also aligning with the demand for enterprise system innovation and Industry 4.0 skills.


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About the Diploma of Applied Technologies  


Students gain extensive knowledge of Industry 4.0, customisation and product life cycle management through studying the Diploma of Applied Technologies. The Diploma of Applied Technologies provides the skills and knowledge to help individuals in Industry 4.0 manufacturing and/or engineering environments explore problems which can be solved using technology.

Participants use a systems approach to troubleshoot every aspect of the ‘smart factory’ and they incorporate concepts
of innovation and change to achieve tangible outcomes.

Tailored content specific to individual business needs is available.
Additional customised content may also be available, including (though not limited to): 

GIS | Visual | CAD Systems | Programming


Please note applications are now closed for our 2024 intake. Please register your interest below for future intakes: 


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