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Graduate programme

We’ve reimagined our graduate programme. We’ve said goodbye to rigid schedules and hello to a collaborative environment where you have the flexibility to pursue your passions, design, and fast track your career.

As part of a diverse team, you’ll collaborate with others across geographies and markets, applying your skills to re-imagine engineering and design a better future.

You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.

Your contributions will be valued and you will be applying your learning to some of the world's most complex projects:

We do development differently at Aurecon

You will be exposed to unique, challenging development opportunities that build skills and knowledge for a ‘future ready’ Aurecon. You will be sharing your learning journey with people across our entire organisation at all levels, across many geographies; as we believe that diversity makes for better learning. At Aurecon you will be supported in all areas of development, and encouraged throughout your career to ‘bring your ideas to life’.

Aurecon’s emerging professionals have access to development opportunities designed to help you become a recognised professional in your field and support you to realise your career aspirations. We know that people learn in a variety of ways, so our professional development is in line with the 70:20:10 learning model.

In this model 10 per cent of learning is seen to come from structured courses and programmes, 20 per cent from your peers, and 70 per cent from experience in the workplace. This model recognises that learning occurs not just in a classroom, but also on the job, in our daily role through experience and interactions with others.

Accordingly, we have designed our learning around formal, interactive, and informal learning experiences. The result is a comprehensive learning offering that is driven by you.

Aurecon's differentiated offering

Emerging Professionals Programme (EPP)

The EPP is Aurecon’s global graduate development framework designed to develop our EPs to grow into specialist consultants that are not only problem solvers, but problem finders. We achieve this by offering a comprehensive mix of technical and non-technical personal development programmes.

The modules are designed along three themes covering:

  • Work Ready: time management, problem solving
  • Collaboration: communication, design thinking
  • Future Ready: embracing change, being a mentor

These workshops and curated online learning are timed to be delivered at the relevant stage of the EP’s career.

Catalyst Future Ready modules

This bespoke 10 course instructor-led programme was designed by Aurecon’s Talent Development team to respond to digital disruption and the changing face of work. The modules cover topics such as design-led thinking, innovation, problem definition, problem solving, communication, personal branding, and strategy development. It’s your toolkit to becoming future ready to respond to a rapidly changing world.

Education Assistance Programme

Aurecon recognises the importance and value of accessing best practice external development programmes and studies, to complement the differentiated, technical and professional learning offered in-house. We provide financial assistance and study leave for employees undertaking approved studies, supporting you in your ongoing professional development.

Early Career International Development Scheme (ECIDS)

Aurecon runs the Early Career International Development Scheme (ECIDS), giving young professionals the opportunity to work in an Aurecon office in a different part of the world. ECIDS is available to high potential staff who have between 2 and 6 years of post-qualification work experience.

The scheme has had great success in establishing strong international, internal and external networks, building cross-cultural understanding and providing participants with a life changing experience.

ArchiStar Academy

Aurecon has chosen to partner with ArchiStar – an online learning platform that will allow you to grow your digital and design capabilities in advanced parametric software.

The ArchiStar course library offers 64 training courses that range from basic to specialist learning across a wide range of subjects and software, such as:

  • The use of digital modelling tools like Revit, Rhino and InfraWorks
  • Automation and scripting in Python, Dynamo and Grasshopper
  • New design approaches and software impacting our industry such as Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation can bring immense benefits to both the individual and the organisation – officially recognising your technical expertise and professional excellence, while also enhancing Aurecon’s brand. Our emerging professionals are supported every step of the way to professional accreditation and have one professional membership paid for by Aurecon annually.

Mentoring for Success Programme

The Mentoring for Success Programme connects our people with experienced practitioners with the focus on building skills, sharing experiences and working towards clearly defined goals. Participants are supportive of one another, provide open and constructive feedback and challenge each other to continuously develop their professional practice. In our programme, experienced professionals and emerging professionals are partnered together, depending on what the mentor can offer and what the mentee is looking to gain.

Project Management Excellence (pmX)

The Project Management Excellence programme is designed to provide aspiring and current Project Managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver exceptional Aurecon projects.

pmX is delivered via online, on-demand learning, complemented with instructor-led content which can be delivered in person or in a virtual environment. pmX assists learners in creating an individually tailored, competency-based, self-paced learning approach, designed to target areas of strength and further develop areas for improvement.

Developing future ready leaders

Aurecon recognises that businesses are differentiated by the strength of their leadership. We take leadership development seriously and invest in growing our industry’s best leaders. As you progress through your career, you will have access to learning designed to build capability in all areas of management and leadership, accessing a suite of offerings specifically designed to address your unique learning needs.

Let’s Talk – Performance for growth review framework

Aurecon’s performance process, Let’s Talk, is a conversation-based framework that enables you to align your contribution, professional development and career progress with Aurecon’s goals.

It ensures transparency, consistency and equity in how we set and measure goals, and ultimately reward employees for their contribution. The simple, streamlined performance process is designed to facilitate meaningful conversations across the organisation that lead to strong performance outcomes. Let’s Talk drives career discussions which examine individual contribution, capability and career aspirations.

The benefits of flexible work

Would you be happier if you had more say over how and when you work? Hack Triple J Podcast presenter Tom Tilly interviews Tara Ritchey from our Melbourne office, taking a look at the benefits of having a flexible work environment.

Tara Ritchey | 03 December 2018 | 15:27 | Visit ABC for original podcast

Key application dates in South Africa


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Graduate programme applications
Open 15 April 2019
Close 31 July 2019

Hear from our graduates

Unconventional Frontier Stories

We asked our employees around the globe how they are exploring new frontiers to design a better future.

Christian Jasper

My frontier is continuously learning how to design tunnels that are safe places for people to travel through.

– Christian Jasper


Shumin Liu, Aurecon

Shumin Liu

Advisory Analyst

Shumin shares a week of her life working in Aurecon’s Singapore office and how she is helping to bring to life Mauritius' first light rail.

William Puente, Aurecon

William Puente

ESD Engineer

For William, the future of environmentally sustainable design is asking 'why' and 'how can we do it differently?' so we can co-create a better future.

Neil Taylor, Aurecon

Neill Tailor


Neill shares a typical day in the life as an Aurecon graduate working in the roads and highway team in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Serene Hajjar, Aurecon

Serene Hajjar


Though not an engineer, Serene gets to be involved in the design process of projects while looking through the eyes of the end user.

Limelight – Aurecon's emerging professional network

Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement. This network is called Limelight and they are the driving force behind many personal and professional development initiatives for our people. 

Limelight gives our emerging professionals from all corners of the globe a voice and this voice provides the crucial feedback loop that is needed within the business. Close to 50 per cent of Aurecon’s people are classified as emerging professionals, making them a large part of our workforce. 

While the main goal of Limelight is to enable emerging professional to lead rewarding and rich careers, a direct benefit to the business is that our emerging professionals are more passionate, driven and engaged in our clients’ projects and the communities in which we operate. Management fully supports this initiative as the feedback sessions with senior leadership has opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas and the voice of the future thought-leaders of our company and within the wider industry.

What is Limelight?

Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement. In this video, emerging professionals from across the globe explain what Limelight means to them.

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