Graduate survey success for DMP

Result highlights the success of the department’s interagency graduate program
Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) interagency graduate program has been named as the top ranking graduate employer for State Government departments in Western Australia for the second year in a row.

“One of the reasons for the success of the graduate 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),” DMP Director General Richard Sellers said.

The interagency program was ranked 14th overall in Australia in the nation-wide survey of graduates, up one place from the previous year.

The program offers a number of three month rotational placements across the three departments with the possibility to work in other State Government departments.

Participants of the Interagency Graduate Program
Participants of the Interagency Graduate Program offered by the departments of Mines and Petroleum, State Development and Regional Development.

“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,” Mr Sellers 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.

Mr Sellers 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.

Graduate survey success for DMP

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,” Mr Sellers said.