iPREP WA is a unique collaboration between the five WA universities and has been established for PhD candidates who may not have had previous industry experience. The program involves interdisciplinary teams, working on a six week project (with scholarship) for an industry partner during their thesis examination period. Industry partners range from start-up's and SME's through to large corporations and government departments and their projects focus on solving authentic workplace problems.
iPREP WA is helping to educate both PhD graduates and industries on the value of research engagement, by providing a platform for organisations to engage in low risk research activities that will hopefully encourage additional collaboration with universities and employ more PhD graduates. iPREP WA is helping PhD graduates to recognise that skills they developed in the PhD, such as problem-solving and critical thinking skills, are applicable across a range of disciplines, providing them with the confidence and experience to apply for jobs outside of academia.