Graduate Opportunities

The APA Graduate Program provides you with a unique opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, learn about our business and gain insights into what a career at APA looks like. Positions are open to those who have recently graduated, or will graduate prior to commencement. All roles are permanent positions.

Applications for the APA Graduate Program are now open. Applications close on Sunday 14 April 2019.

Positions may vary year to year and will be advertised on our careers page. Please view current opportunities to find out more about the Graduate roles on offer and to apply.

In 2020, we have opportunities for you if you have studied:

  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Information Technology.
  • Commerce and Business.
  • Finance and Accounting.
  • Economics.
  • Law.
  • Health, Safety & Environment.
  • Behavioural Science and Organisational Psychology

Roles will be within various areas of the business:

  • Infrastructure Development.
  • Networks & Power.
  • Transmission.
  • Group IT.
  • Finance.
  • Health, Safety & Environment.
  • Market Services and Commercial.

You can meet us at the following fairs:

The Big Meet — Melbourne on 22 March 2019.
The Big Meet — Brisbane on 25 March 2019.
The Big Meet — Sydney on 29 March 2019.

Recruitment and Selection Process (Key Dates)

Online Applications (20 March – 14 April 2019)

Complete the application form and submit Cover Letter, CV and Transcripts.

All Applications are to be submitted via our careers page. Emailed applications will not be considered. Take your time when completing the application form and make sure that you attach all the documentation we have requested.

Cognitive Ability Testing (April 2019)

Selected candidates will be invited to complete an abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning test. You will receive an email with a link directing you to the testing. It typically takes 12 minutes to complete. Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be interrupted and have a reliable internet connection.

Video Interview (April 2019)

Selected candidates will be invited to complete a video interview. You will receive an email with a link directing you to the video interviewing platform. Make sure you follow the instructions provided and read the questions carefully before preparing your answers. This is where you get the opportunity to tell us more about yourself. Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be interrupted and have a reliable internet connection.

Attend an Assessment Centre (May 2019)

Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre. Our Assessment Centres will take place in our metropolitan offices. At the Assessment Centre you will have the opportunity to meet with leaders of our business, participate in activities and have an interview.

Pre-employment Checks and Offers (May – June 2019)

Our checking stage will include reference checking, criminal history checking and medical checking.

Program Commencement (February 2020)

If you have been successful and we offer you a position, a member of the Graduate Program Team will contact you to extend a formal offer. Details of the offer can be discussed and electronic offers are generated. We will stay in touch with you through to the Program starting.

About the Program

The APA Graduate Program runs for two years. Over the two-year program you will complete a minimum of three rotations across different areas, allowing you to work on a range of projects across our business. You may have the opportunity to transition out of the program into the business earlier after completion of your three rotations. On each rotation you will complete day-to-day tasks that expose you to challenges and learning opportunities:

Rotations

Throughout the rotations you will have three people supporting you:

  • Line manager.
  • Buddy.
  • Mentor.

Your line manager and buddy will change with each rotation, however, your mentor stays the same throughout the program.

Tasks and units

For each rotation you will have a list of technical units and associated tasks to complete related to that business area. These units have been designed to help you develop and understand specific technical skills, knowledge, capability and processes.

Mentors

The APA Graduate Mentor Program has been designed to foster your development, and facilitate knowledge sharing with a more senior employee. You will gain experience, advice and knowledge from a professional who lives and breathes our business every day; their experience and wisdom is invaluable to your professional development and learning.

Performance and Development

We want you to develop your career whilst working at APA, as we know growth and progression are high on your list of employment priorities. During your two years, there will opportunities for performance and development reviews.

At the beginning of each rotation your line manager will meet with you and your mentor to discuss expectations and set goals for the rotation period. At the end of the rotation your line manager will meet with you and your mentor to review your performance and experience against the goals for the rotation period. Throughout your rotation your manager will also provide feedback to you and your mentor on how you are tracking.

Performance Reviews

Your mentor will conduct regular reviews to ensure we are delivering on our promise to continually support your development.

The review process ensures you are tracking against agreed and desirable goals, training and behaviours, and takes into account your overall performance.

Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the program, you will be encouraged to attend both internal and external professional development opportunities. Some of these in-house programs will be the acquisition of soft skills and personal development from the APA suite of programs for all employees. Others may be external workshops or sessions. Towards the end of each rotation period we will bring you all together for a few days of development, networking and team building. Your learning doesn’t finish once you leave university; it continues throughout your career and APA encourages you to seek out learning and development opportunities.

Diversity and Inclusion

APA Group supports and promotes diversity and inclusion (D&I) and, as part of that D&I focus, we would particularly like to see more women engineers and IT specialists join our teams.

Tayah (pictured above) recently joined APA in our 2018 Graduate Program, and we are very excited to have her on board. Click here to read about why Tayah chose engineering and what her experience was like studying a male-dominated course at university.

Quotes from some of our Graduates

Cameron Gibb

My role has seen me involved in anything from engineering calculations to project management and I've experienced working in some remote locations in regional Queensland. I've worked in Infrastructure Development on large scale projects. And working in East Coast Grid Engineering with smaller projects has given me the opportunity to manage my own projects.

I enjoy working at APA for a variety of reasons. The flexible hours have been excellent and it's great to have a company that is supportive in that way. I've also enjoyed social events with colleagues, such as Tough Mudder. I've also found that APA is quite supportive when it comes to charity events and I enjoyed taking part in Movember last year.

I see a career path at APA. I would eventually like to take on more of a leadership role in Infrastructure Development and wish to gain my Chartered status with Engineers Australia and become a professional accredited Pipeline Engineer under APGA's new competency standards.

Peter Harrod

APA’s key involvement in Australia’s energy industry initially drew me to investigate their graduate program. Throughout my tertiary study, energy was a continuous interest of mine which motivated me to apply for a position in the APA graduate program.

Being able to get a taste of different engineering departments through the graduate program rotations has been a great way to enter the industry and begin my engineering career. The rotations have been beneficial in helping me determine the areas of engineering at APA I enjoy the most and where I feel I can add the most value moving forward.

Since starting with APA, I have experienced working in the Asset Engineering and Infrastructure Construction Engineering teams. In Asset Engineering, I was primarily providing engineering support to transmission operations through the design and delivery of small rectification and upgrade projects. Whilst Infrastructure Construction has offered me the opportunity to get involved in engineering teams delivering large-scale projects.

Throughout the Graduate Program, I have also had opportunities to supplement my on-the-job learning experience by attending a variety of training courses. This extra training has allowed for me to fast-track my understanding and development.

Please view current opportunities to find out more about the Graduate roles on offer and to apply.

Contact us by emailing earlytalent@apa.com.au.