Graduate Program

Changing lives doesn’t just apply to our projects - it is why we are committed to giving graduates a foot in the door of this exciting industry, where every day is a chance to make our communities better.

With an infrastructure boom taking place in Australia, we want to make sure the next generation benefits.

Our Graduate Program runs for two years and gives participants on-the-job experience, training and development at one of Australia’s leading integrated infrastructure and property companies.

We pride ourselves on being a market leader in targeting training, career development and remuneration. We provide long-term career options within an equal opportunity workplace where we recognise the importance of flexibility and a healthy work-life balance. 
John Holland Graduates will undertake a structured program over 24 months which includes:

  • Work rotations designed to increase your understanding of the overall industry
  • On-the-job and structured training designed to help you establish and build a fulfilling career
  • Networking opportunities with former graduates, employees and senior leaders from the outset to build personal and professional networks

Applications for our 2019 intake closed on 11 April 2018. Keep an eye on this page for details of our 2020 intake.

How to apply:

  1. Click here to submit an online application to your preferred graduate program.
  2. If selected, applicants will be invited to complete online assessments.
  3. Successful applicants will be shortlisted to a face-to-face interview.
  4. Once suitable applicants have been identified the due diligence process will commence, which includes reference checks, medicals, proof of right to work in Australia, etc.
  5. Upon completion of all due diligence, a Letter of Offer to commence employment will be extended to successful candidates.

If you would like any further information about the program, please email or you can click here.

Please see below a list of the Graduate Program disciplines and associated preferred degrees: 

Building - NSW, QLD, VIC 
Construction Management

Infrastructure - NSW, QLD, VIC 

Rail - NSW, QLD, VIC, WA

Sustainability and Environment - NSW
Environmental Science
Environmental Engineering 

Safety - NSW, QLD
Occupational Health and Safety
Environment Health and Safety

Communications - VIC 

Finance - NSW, VIC 



James Raggatt

James Raggatt

One of the greatest things I have enjoyed about The National Graduate Program is the amount of opportunity I was provided so early in the program, you are required to be really self-motivated and continually willing to learn however this comes with the experience you gain along the way. One of the best things about John Holland is the incredible support you are offered; your managers place a lot of trust and responsibility on you however you are really well supported in both your decision making and day to day well-being.

Having little to no construction experience when I commenced the Graduate Program it was a very steep learning curve for me. Coming from a Mechanical Engineering background it was difficult to get my head around some of the Civil Engineering terminology that was used on site. I found I overcame this by utilising my networks within the business and by tapping into the experience of others; including members of my team and my senior managers. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.


Sally Webber

Sally Webber

On the Graduate Program, you are presented with a multitude of opportunities but what you make of that is up to you. So far I’ve worked with the publications team in the Pre-Contracts Department helping to coordinate submissions including EOIs, tenders and award submissions. Another rotation included working with the Community &Stakeholder Relations Teams on the Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Tunnel Early Works.

My advice to new graduates would be to begin building relationships and networking with the teams around you from your first day with John Holland. Good relationships with managers and teammates can open a breadth of opportunities down the track. Don’t be afraid to try things outside of your comfort zone – overcoming challenges is very rewarding and your attitude and drive towards your work will get noticed.


Stephen Lowenthal

Stephen Lowenthal

I applied for the Graduate Program at John Holland as I wanted to get experience working on large-sized infrastructure projects with a reputable company. Throughout the Graduate Program, I had the opportunity to work in different areas of the business, which allowed me to develop my technical skills and gain an appreciation for the supporting functions of the business. I enjoyed working through the rotations and being able to meet and network with a range of people within the business.

I also enjoyed the opportunities for further learning during the Program and focusing on areas such as leadership, communication, safety, quality and environment. I have been able to constantly challenge myself in learning more and experiencing a greater range of projects at John Holland.

The workload through the Graduate Program varied, depending on the requirements of the project or office. During a couple of projects I worked on, critical works occurred over 24-hour periods and over weekends. I initially found working night-shift work quite challenging, however seeing the work being completed in tight time frames made these shifts some of the most rewarding shifts I have worked.