Graduate programJohn Holland

Graduate program

Transforming lives doesn’t just apply to 
our projects. We’re committed to giving graduates a foot in the door — and a 
lasting career.

Choosing where you start your career is a big decision.

We’re always looking for graduates and interns like you who are up for a challenge, eager to learn, and keen to make a difference.

There’s a wide range of ways to get started on your career with purpose and lasting impact.

Graduates

Graduates

We offer our grads a structured, two-year program. This includes: 

  • A learning journey that meets you where you’re at; with individualised learning to grow your skillset
  • Excellent remuneration reviewed annually so that you are rewarded for your effort and dedication
  • Mentoring opportunities with colleague's who are considered experts in their field, and who care about your future
  • Work that has purpose. We build some of the most exciting projects in the country.  You’ll be contributing to legacy projects that transform the lives of everyday Australians and New Zealanders.
Q&As about our next graduate intake

When do applications open?

Applications for our two-year graduate program will re-open in March 2025.


Who are we looking for? 

John Holland champions diversity – we’re looking for people from all backgrounds. 

We’re interested in you as a person - how you can apply your unique personality, skills, and experiences to transform the lives of the people in our communities. 

Are you a problem-solver? A doer? And would love to be part of a Tier 1 company that works on iconic landmark projects? We’d love you to apply.


What’s a Tier 1 Company?

We’re Australia and New Zealand’s leading end-to-end integrated infrastructure, building, rail and multi-modal transport company. Our diverse sector means we’re fast paced, take on exciting projects and attract top talent. 


Will I get to choose where I work and what type of work I do?

Your first rotation will be carefully selected for you, based on your skills, interests, and positions available. In other rotations you can influence the type of role and project you work within. All rotations are determined by the direction of the business and the skillset required.


What does a typical day look like?

We’ll let our current grads show you. We’ve put out the call for our Grads to produce 'a day in the life of’ videos. During our recruitment process in March, we’ll upload them onto our social channels, so keep an eye out.


Am I eligible? 

To be considered for this program, you must be an Australia/New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident or have full Australian/New Zealand working rights.

You will have successfully completed (at minimum) a bachelor's degree within the last 24 months or be due to graduate in 2025. 

You will be available to work from the start of February 2026.


Where does John Holland operate?

We work in metropolitan and regional areas, creating projects that transform lives, make communities more connected and grow the economy. To learn and grow as much as possible during your time on the Graduate Program, it’s essential that you’re prepared to relocate.


What support will you have throughout the application process?

At each stage of the recruitment process, we’ll send advice, tips and tricks for applying so you feel confident in the process and know exactly what to expect.

If you or your family have any questions, big or small, email us at graduates@jhg.com.au.


What support is available during the program?

You will have the support of a People Lead who, at any time, you can talk to about your adjustment into the program, your career aspirations or anything else about John Holland. The People Lead will organise work-related activities, training, events, and coordinate your next rotation. 

Additionally, the cohort of graduates that you start with, and John Holland graduates from previous years, will be there with you for support and advice. 

At John Holland we set our graduates up for long-term career success – by the end of the program you’ll have a good idea of where you want to go next and have all the support you need to get there. 

You’ll be assigned mentors throughout the program to help you navigate each rotation and answer any questions you have along the way.


What benefits do you receive as a John Holland Graduate?
 

  • We’re so glad you asked! Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice packaging options available.
  • Great leave benefits including multicultural leave exchange and two additional John Holland Days to prioritise health and wellbeing. 
  • Flexible working that works for you. We know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether it’s flexi-hours, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts, flexi-work, flexi-parenting, we’re committed to helping our people work flexibly. 
  • Learning and development opportunities with access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, and technical and development opportunities.  
  • BEAM, our employee benefits platform, connects you to our Wellbeing Hub which is there to support you to feel and be your best. Access a fitness discount portal, and a wellbeing centre filled with hundreds of videos, articles, tips, and resources from wellbeing experts.

 

 

Our recruitment process

JH Recruitment Process.PNG

 

The type of work on offer

Rail & Transport


Signalling & Communications

Our Signalling & Communications division employs a skilled and diverse team of signalling engineers, electricians, and communications tradespeople who are experienced across all facets of signalling and communications. We offer turn-key solutions to complete all aspects of design, project engineering, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning and maintenance support.


Rail Engineering & Integration (REI)

We provide the John Holland Rail & Transport business unit with a centralised engineering centre of excellence. This means a retained pool of trusted industry specialists is in place, able to work at all stages of the engineering lifecycle, from tendering, through delivery and beyond into operations & maintenance. We bring the lessons learnt, and knowledge gained from working on projects such as Sydney Metro, Melbourne Tunnel Project, Canberra Light Rail, More Trains More Services (MTMS) and many others to all we do.

Further, our team remains accountable and accessible for the project as long as the Project Director does, bringing a true team approach to the delivery of our key rail projects.


Overhead Wiring 

With a team of experienced managers, engineers, technicians, and tradespeople, we are industry leaders in overhead wiring. We construct overhead wiring systems including the foundations supporting the OHW Masts/Gantries, the installation of the Masts/Gantries, the overhead wiring catenary/contact system, and the commissioning of the assets, across LV, HV, 1500DC, and AC systems.


Civil & Track

Our Track & Civil team is comprised of experienced managers, engineers, superintendents, supervisors, welders, road-rail plant operators, track machine operators, and plant fitters. We provide specialist capabilities in construction, maintenance and operation across a full range of track and civil services, including track construction, re-railing, welding and resurfacing.


Power Systems & Electrical

The Power Systems & Electrical team comprise of accomplished managers, engineers, superintendents, supervisors, and electricians with the skills and ability to work on HV, LV, 1500V DC, traction substations, and section huts. They cover the design, installation, and commissioning of electrical systems across all rail environments.


Suitable Majors

You can join the Rail & Transport team in the graduate roles with the accompanying majors:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Mechatronics)
  • For our Commercial division, degrees in Business/Commerce/Legal/Finance

 


 

Infrastructure

The national Infrastructure business unit is at the forefront of some of the largest projects ever undertaken in Australia.  
Covering the breadth of the nation, the talented members of our Infrastructure business unit, together with our colleagues in Major Projects and Rail & Transport, are building 21st-century metro systems, technologically advanced energy and water infrastructure as well as upgrading roads, bridges and rail lines. ​​​​​​


Our projects

Current projects we are delivering include Melbourne Metro, the Level Crossing Program, and West Gate Tunnel in Victoria; Eastern Tunnelling Package, M7/M12 Motorway Interchange and M1 Extension to Raymond Terrance in New South Wales, and the Kidston Pumped Storage Project in Queensland.


Our roles and suitable majors

As part of our Infrastructure graduate program, you will get the chance to work on exciting projects through graduate rotations, providing you with exposure and experience of truly life-changing projects. In our Infrastructure business unit, we ‘bid, win, deliver’ and in joining us, we will give you the opportunity to be part of the entire process, from pre-contracts and business development to launching and delivering exciting projects.

You can join the Infrastructure business unit in the graduate roles with the accompanying majors:

  • Graduate Engineer (Civil, Mechanical)
  • HSEQ Graduate (Environmental, Sustainability)
  • Safety Graduate (HSEQ, Occupational)
  • People Graduate (Business, Human Resources)
  • Communications Graduate (Public Relations) or Bachelor of Arts, Marketing or Business Majoring in Communications

 


 

Building

We’ve played a big hand in building the Australia we know today. Creating industry-leading hospitals, stadiums, schools, offices, and mixed-use developments that don’t just open doors - they open opportunities.

From complex buildings in health and corrections environments to crowded stadiums and airports, we partner with our clients to deliver lasting legacies. We bring initiative, integrity, and intelligence to meet customer needs and solve complex problems in a people-focused way.

Our experience spans greenfield sites, as well as refurbishments, redevelopments and expansions. Our projects are delivered in close collaboration with the community, creating valuable employment opportunities and stimulating local economies.


Our projects

Some of our recently completed, landmark projects include:

  • Sydney Football Stadium Redevelopment
  • Victorian Heart Hospital
  • The Glasshouse, Macquarie Square



Suitable Majors

  • Project Engineering (Construction Management, Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics)
  • Contracts Administration (Law and Commerce)
  • Estimating (Construction Management, Quantity Surveying)
  • Health and Safety (HSEQ or relevant)

 


 

Commercial

The Commercial team are integral to the continued success of John Holland as an industry leader. Through key functions such as project controls, estimating and planning, risk management, analysis, reporting and tender assurance, you will have the opportunity to learn from the industrys best in a dynamic and challenging environment. A graduate in the Commercial team will have first-hand experience with some of the most exciting and complex construction projects in Australia.

Whilst this is an office-based role, the Corporate division supports projects across all disciplines (Rail & Transport, Infrastructure, Building, Major Projects). There will be an opportunity for a rotation on project where you can gain hands on experience and personally contribute to the competitive commercial advantage John Holland maintains in the industry.


Suitable Majors

  • Business/Commerce
  • Business/Commerce and Engineering (Double degree preferred but not required)  

 


 

IT

The IT Team whilst office based, works directly with our construction projects, leveraging emerging technology to develop future focused digital products and solutions. In your time as an IT graduate at John Holland, you will utilise advanced analytics and machine learning concepts to create customer insights and improved business capabilities.

At John Holland, we pride ourselves not only on providing technical expertise, but also our ability to teach these skills to the young talent of the next generation. Being future-focused, we seek to empower our young talent with comprehensive coaching and guidance to positively shape our graduates. You will not only gain invaluable exposure across the IT discipline, but will receive significant support and care from leaders in the industry who are genuinely invested in your growth and development.


Suitable Majors

  • Information Technology and Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science

 


 

TEK

TEK (Technology, Engineering & Knowledge) is an internal team of specialists who work closely with all disciplines across John Holland (Rail & Transport, Infrastructure, Building, Major Projects) to ensure outstanding outcomes are delivered for our customers. TEK works with the business to develop operational and delivery methodologies to foster technical excellence across engineering, design management, digital engineering and systems assurance.

As a TEK graduate you will be office based with the opportunity to gain invaluable exposure across all stages of the project life cycle, being involved from the initial tender to project delivery. This will include site work on projects throughout the rotation.


Suitable Majors

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Spatial Science (Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Surveying
  • Diploma of Surveying (TAFE)
  • Science (Geospatial Science)

 

 


 

Virtual internships

Virtual internships

If you’d like to know what it’s like to work at John Holland, check out our virtual internship program. This free virtual internship gives you the chance to work across our infrastructure, building and rail businesses.

Click here to access our Virtual Internship Program.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.