Rail Projects Victoria’s Graduate Program provides recent graduates the opportunity to work with world-class industry experts on major rail infrastructure projects.
The program offers flexible options to specialise within a technical discipline as well as rotate within a variety of roles so you can explore the projects and discover what you are truly passionate about.
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Since 2016 we have recruited 48 graduates with qualifications across the following areas:
- Civil Engineering/Construction Management
- Electrical Engineering
- Planning/Environment/Land Management/Sustainability
- Human Resources
- Communications/Public Relations/Media/Journalism/Marketing
- Information Systems
Graduates take part in a structured learning and development program over 18 months, including multiple rotations, Graduate Learning Series, Understanding the Network Program and a Career Planning Program.
The program provides graduates opportunities to learn about and experience a range of different project roles. Graduates will rotate throughout a variety of teams during the program, undertaking structured rotations that support tailored capability development.
Rotations are designed in consultation with the project teams and graduates to ensure individuals are provided the best opportunity to build their career.
Rail Projects Victoria has potential opportunities for graduate rotations within the following teams:
The Engineering team guides the development and implementation of the project's design, comprising civil structures, building structures, rail systems, mechanical and electrical systems and fire engineering systems. There will be opportunities to employ research and investigation skills with initiative to seek, identify, challenge and clarify technical engineering requirements, industry best practice and international benchmarks.
Graduates will gain exposure and insight into working closely with technical, planning and engagement advisors to identify issues and priorities whilst assisting with issues resolution, decision making and design development. A key component of Engineering rotations will be to learn and put into practice how to identify and realise opportunities for efficient design and ensure an appropriate level of design integration across the engineering and non-engineering disciplines in the wider project team.
Graduates within the Projects Controls team will have the opportunity to rotate within the team's technical specialisations, developing capabilities within planning and scheduling, risk, quality assurance and cost controls. Graduates will develop strong relationships and interact with all functional groups across the broader project team to ensure that data relied upon by the Project Controls team and used in management reports is reliable, consistent and of the highest quality.
Graduates rotating within the HR team will build practical capabilities around managing end-to-end recruitment, workplace relations, payroll advisory, workforce planning, HR projects (including getting involved in employment programs including the Graduate, IBL, Vacation and Traineeship Programs) and business partnering. Rotations will also involve learning about how state and federal legislation, enterprise agreements and HR policies work to form the basis of HR advice and effective people management practices.
Working within the Communications and Stakeholder relations team, graduates will have the opportunity to learn about developing and implementing strategies to ensure proactive management of stakeholders. This involves managing media relations and all channels of communications and community relations including community consultation, public information materials and events. Graduates will build capabilities around drafting high-quality collateral for the Victorian public as well as internal communications to the project team.
Graduates will have the opportunity to understand how to effectively respond to media enquiries and draft content for the project website and social media. Graduates will learn how to manage stakeholder and community enquiries, working alongside a high-performing and driven project team. There will be the opportunity to manage the logistics for public events including information sessions, festivals and project presentations.
Graduates working within the Tunnels and Stations team will have the opportunity to work alongside industry experts in specialisations including tunnelling, structures (stations and portals) and rail infrastructure. There will be opportunities to gain exposure across all facets of civil infrastructure works, working with each of the Metro Tunnel's five precincts.
Graduates who rotate within the Learning and Organisational Capacity team will build capabilities developing the organisation's workforce through best practice, targeted solutions that help people successfully achieve RPV's strategic priorities and build a high performance culture. Graduates will support the team by designing learning and development programs and collateral and supporting the team in delivering organisational wellbeing initiatives.
Graduates working in the marketing team will work across a number of interesting projects including advertising campaigns, activations and events. They will assist in creating, implementing and reviewing marketing briefs and gain experience in areas of marketing including advertising and market research. Marketing at RPV offers a fun and exciting program of diverse activities and experiences that help build graduate capability.
Working within the project's in-house Graphic Design team, graduates will develop innovative and creative graphic design solutions and services for electronic and printed communications collateral. Graduates will gain hands-on experience with the document design and production process; from creative concept to finished artwork to delivered product and distribution strategies. Using a range of software including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premier, graduates will support the preparation of electronic artwork for the Metro Tunnel project.
Graduates working with project's Online Communications team will develop high-quality written, visual and video content for a variety of channels including the project's website, intranet and e-newsletter. They will develop technical skills with a variety of tools to produce digital content that support the communications and stakeholder relations objectives. Graduates will also gain an understanding on using social media to engage with the community and managing online queries regarding the project.
Graduates working within the Information Systems stream will be exposed to and be challenged by meeting the complex IT requirements involved in delivering Victoria's largest ever public transport projects. Graduates will have the opportunity to learn about key IT areas including information management, systems analysis and project management.
Graduates who rotate within the Safety team will develop capability in the promotion of a safe work culture and be involved with the coordination of all health and safety aspects of activities undertaken by project staff and contractors. Graduates will gain an understanding of safety systems development, implementation and auditing, relationship management and providing sound advice in accordance with legislative requirements, policies and procedures.
Graduates working in the Sustainability team will learn how Sustainable Design is incorporated on major infrastructure projects as well as developing skills across a broad range of themes including; urban ecology, energy reduction, waste management, water conservation and workforce development. Graduates will assist in the implementation of the Sustainability Program which covers social, economic and environmental factors.
Graduates will support the projects to undertake key environmental assessments and obtain planning, environmental and heritage approvals. Individuals will gain exposure to establishing and implementing environmental and sustainability frameworks and integrate environmental and sustainability requirements into the projects. Graduates will also assist in the management of land and assembly processes, involving both internal and external stakeholder consultation, preparation and review of key documentation and dealing with legislative requirements.
Graduates may have the opportunity to work within an Alliance, with either the Rail Systems Alliance, Rail Infrastructure Alliance or Ballarat Line Upgrade Alliance. Alliance contracting is a collaborative procurement method used to deliver complex projects. RPV embeds its staff members, along with its contractors and rail operators (e.g. MTM) to form an Alliance. As a graduate working in an Alliance, you will be exposed to a variety of different tasks depending on the project life cycle and function that can include both site and office based roles. On-site roles will provide exposure to the front-face of rail project delivery, where graduates may work alongside top tier contractors.
Graduate Learning Series
The Learning Series develops graduate capability for effective performance and successful careers. Graduates will engage in a range of activities including mentoring, peer connect groups, group project work and experiential learning.
Understanding the Network Program
Graduates will participate in site tours in partnership with a range of organisations to build knowledge of the public transport network, how it operates and also how the franchisees operate.
During the second year of the program, intense career planning will be undertaken to prepare the graduates for the next step in their career. Graduates will be given the opportunity to establish a structured development plan to guide their rotations and learning experience.