Achiever Program for Students with Autism

A Call for Students with Autism to Apply for Paid Industry Experience

The CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand) Achiever Program is a vacation work experience program for final and penultimate year students studying Commerce, Accounting or Business related degrees.

It provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to have the opportunity to secure a vacation work experience placement.

During the 2018 Achiever Program, 121 employers (nationally) took on 233 students to provide industry experience for 3 – 12 weeks over November to March.

Successful Applicants Will Get The Following:

  • Paid industry experience (1 – 12 weeks)
  • Develop industry contacts and networks
  • Gain insights into specialisations of interest

A large proportion of these successful students then went on to secure a graduate placement with their employer after completing their degree.

The application and selection process follows common industry practice for graduate recruitment programs, including video submission, cognitive testing  and an assessment centre.

Throughout the entire application and selection process, students identifying as being Autistic (including Aspergers) will be supported to assist them to have an equal opportunity for final selection.

Employers will also be educated and supported throughout the placement period to ensure successful students and their employer have a positive experience.

Submit Your Expression of Interest Now!

If you’re interested – please submit your expression of interest ASAP.

To register your interest ahead of formal applications opening and to get access to early assistance for your application:

  1. Send an email to with
  2. your preferred point of contact (email, mobile, phone etc) and
  3. the subject “Achiever Application”.

Chris Turner from Project Enterprise Coaching will get in contact with you and answer any questions you might have on the program and then you can start preparing for the application process at the end of July.

The formal application process opens 29 July.

The aim is to identify interested students prior to that to both prepare you for the application process and to enable Chris and his team to start conversations with potential employers.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students with autism in Melbourne to gain real, meaningful work experience and to start building contacts for the future.

About Project Enterprise Coaching

Project Enterprise Coaching is a boutique coaching and advisory practice focused on supporting Autistic job seekers to find and secure long term meaningful employment and to support employers to be confident to leverage the skills and talents of Autistic employees.

*For the full details of the Achiever Program please see:

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