Result highlights the success of the department’s interagency graduate program
|Date:||Friday, 10 February 2017|
The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) interagency graduate program has been named as the second top ranking graduate employer in Australia.
DMP jumped from 14th place last year, and was also ranked the top ranking graduate employer in the nation-wide survey for State Government departments for the third year in a row.
“One of the reasons for the success of the program, which is coordinated by DMP, is the inter-agency collaboration between our agency and the departments of State Development (DSD) and Regional Development (DSD),” acting DMP Director General Tim Griffin said.
The program offers a number of three month rotational placements across the three departments with the possibility to work in other State Government departments.
“The rotations are individualised and designed to provide exposure to each department’s diverse operations, while also providing an opportunity to develop valuable skills and experience,” Dr Griffin said.
Graduates are engaged by one of the three departments on a fixed term contract. The program runs for 18 months with a provision for permanent appointment following successful completion of the first 12 months.
Dr Griffin said the latest results build on the success of the graduate program and its popularity among participants.
“This result recognises the rewarding experiences our graduates continue to have participating in the department’s interagency graduate program,” he said.
The survey is completed anonymously and graduates are asked to rate their employer across 25 categories.
This includes training and development, quality of work, career progression and company culture.
An overall average rating is calculated for each employer and the 75 employers with the highest overall rating are promoted by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE).
“This provides experience across multiple government departments, increases networking and improves graduates’ understanding of the State Government as a whole.”
AAGE is the peak industry body representing organisations that recruit and develop Australian graduates, and DMP has been a full member agency since 2006.
The association provides opportunities to connect with other employers and undertakes valuable market research of the graduate employment industry.
“The association also recognises best practice in the graduate employment community through a variety of surveys and awards, so we are delighted to have such a high ranking,” Dr Griffin said.