Stockland was recognised as a top employer for new graduates by both the Australian Financial Review, as well as the Australian Association for Graduate Employer (AAGE), for the second consecutive year.
This recognition celebrates our support for the next generation of property industry professionals. Our graduate program is a comprehensive development program for high-potential university graduates from diverse disciplines. The two-year program involves rotations through several roles and business units across our organisation.
One of our key focus areas is to drive improvement in gender diversity across the property industry, and this starts by encouraging more women into our graduate program. As part of the 2018 intake we welcomed 18 graduates (50 per cent women and 50 per cent men).
Our program looks for people with different skills, strengths, and backgrounds; people who like to work as part of a team, who are passionate, driven to succeed and share our vision of creating a better way to live through healthy, liveable, connected and sustainable communities.
As a way of creating a strong pipeline of future graduates, we also provide scholarship and internship opportunities to current undergraduate students, including the Ervin Graf Scholarship, Stepping Into internship for undergraduates with disabilities, the Sydney University Lucy Program, and the University of NSW and the University of Technology Sydney internship programs.
Through these initiatives we not only seek to strengthen our graduate pipeline but also promote our employment brand and provide an engaging experience for a diverse range of participants.
Our internship program also won recognition as one of the Top 40 Intern Program providers by the AAGE, the peak industry body for graduate recruitment.
The Top 40 Intern Program recognises the organisations that provide the most positive interning experience based on feedback from over 900 interns against broad categories such as training, content of work, quality of supervision, social life, and organisational culture.
Over the next year we will continue to expand and enhance our graduate program. Some of our priorities include providing graduates with multiple connection points with our leadership teams, support for managers and sponsors of graduates, and providing opportunities for participation in volunteering and wellbeing initiatives.