Our graduate program

Learn from exceptional leaders, build a fulfilling career

Our Foundations for Graduates Program was designed to develop our future talent pipeline

Our Foundations for Graduates Program aims to develop our future leaders and technical experts, and has recently been redesigned to capture new learning technologies and content to maximise the learning experience.  The Program equips graduates with the tools and experiences needed to establish and build a fulfilling career with us.

As a graduate on our Program, you will be challenged and offered unique opportunities to:

  • learn and excel in your day-to-day work
  • participate in a number of work-based team and experiential activities
  • grow personally and professionally in a dynamic, inclusive and supportive culture
  • gain exposure to world-class operations
  • engage with exceptional leaders
  • extend your network with global colleagues.

Best in class development opportunities

Foundations for Graduates Program - The pathway to a successful career at BHP Billiton (road map)
Our Program smoothly transitions our graduates from university to a work environment and includes a variety of learning styles to meet the needs of our diverse graduate population.

In addition to learning at work and excelling in your day-to-day activities, you'll complete a number of work-based, team and experiential activities to help you build your functional base, develop decision-making, communication and stakeholder engagement skills, and learn what it takes to be an inclusive leader at BHP Billiton.

We partner with engaging and energetic facilitators affiliated with some of the world's leading business schools in Melbourne, Santiago, Houston and Johannesburg.

The Program's two residential elements provide you with the opportunity to hear from a number of BHP Billiton leaders and set you up to apply your learnings practically in your everyday work.

We recruit graduates from a variety of disciplines to work across teams, businesses and geographic locations.  At the conclusion of the Program, you will have gained exposure to exceptional leaders, grown personally, developed professionally, and established sustainable professional networks that will contribute to your career with us.

Meet our graduates

Share the experiences and journeys of some of our recent graduates.

At BHP Billiton we strive to have an inclusive workforce that best represents the communities in which we operate. We are proud of the increases we have seen in Indigenous representation within our Australian graduate intakes, from one per cent in 2012 to 11 per cent in 2015. Meet some of our talented Indigenous graduates, and hear their stories.




David Martin, Mining Engineer, New South Wales Energy Coal, Mt Arthur Coal, Australia.