Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NSW PS Commission announces graduate program expansion

The NSW Public Service Commission has announced the creation of more than 300 new graduate program jobs as part of an effort to address labour shortages in the sector.

In a statement, the Commission said the NSW Government Graduate Program was expanding to offer engineering graduates the opportunity to work on high-visibility and large-scale infrastructure projects across Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

Roles are available across government agencies such as Transport for NSW, Health Infrastructure, School Infrastructure, Landcom and Regional NSW.

“More than 300 roles are available across the entire program in 2023. This will be the biggest intake in the program’s history. The introduction of the Engineering stream adds to the existing Primary, Digital, Legal and Social Work streams which continue to expand across metropolitan and regional locations,” the Commission said.

“Since it began in 2016, the 18-month program has been a career start for over 1,000 graduates. It has provided top talent from universities with high quality development opportunities and diverse experiences that set them up for success in the public service. Graduates work on diverse projects and contribute to making NSW a great place to live, work and visit.”

According to Commission data, past participants have advanced their careers in the public sector, with almost 50% moving to a role at least two grades higher within two years of completion.

NSW Public Service Commissioner, Kathrina Lo said the success of program participants demonstrates the rich opportunities the public sector provides its employees.

“Our graduates do meaningful work that they can tailor to their skills and interests. Whether you want to specialise in your area of study or try something new, the diverse nature of our work for the NSW community means there is something for everyone,” Ms Lo said.

The NSW Government has been named Australia’s top Government and Defence Employer for graduates for the last five years and second most popular graduate employer by the Australian Financial Review.

Graduates complete three six-month rotations across government agencies and receive a diverse experience that allows them to build their career no matter what degree they studied.

The program supports candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, ensuring our workforce continues to reflect the diversity of the broader community.

Applications for the 2023 NSW Government Graduate Program are open until 8 August 2022. For more information and to apply, visit iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/graduate-program.

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