Australia's largest banks and telecomms carriers are embarking on innovative career programmes in a bid to attract the best and brightest graduates.
Keen to retain and foster new talent, ANZ Bank has put in place a programme to develop soft skills such as presentation, communication and leadership.
ANZ is one of the largest graduate recruiters in Australia, with 23 IT graduates coming on board in February 2006 for an 18-month internship.
They will be rotated across three departments during this time, an ANZ spokesperson says.
Going direct to the source, the National Australia Bank sponsors Monash University’s Bachelor of Business Systems programme and Swinburne University of Technology’s Bachelor of IT course.
Called the Industry-based Learning Programme, the scheme involves second- and third-year technology students undertaking six-month placements at NAB for a student internship.
NAB also has mainframe traineeships, sourcing entry-level students for roles specific to the bank’s legacy and core applications.
An NAB spokesperson said these programmes bring in between 40 and 50 students on traineeships throughout the year.
As for the telcos, both Telstra and Optus run graduate programs, with IT graduates being among the main disciplines for recruiting. Optus didn’t take on any IT graduates this year, but plans to revive its IT graduate programme next year, it says.