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Rio Tinto

4.3
  • #2 in Mining, energy, oil and gas
  • 50,000 - 100,000 employees
  • Mining, Oil & Gas

How do our graduates impact millions of lives?

At Rio Tinto, your hard work, dedication and outside-the-box thinking will help deliver the materials behind human progress. Like the copper for wind turbines. The iron in our skyscrapers. And the borates for crops that feed the world. Experience a challenging, flexible and rewarding career that takes you places: from big cities to breathtaking, remote landscapes. How will your story begin?

We employ graduates across our global business and look for curious and creative minds who want to bring different perspectives into our company. Here, you can work in a number of different roles, locations, and areas of our business.

We work in some of the most remote, beautiful places in the world – like the Northwest Territories in Canada and Weipa in Far North Queensland, Australia – as well as in major metropolitan hubs like Montreal, Perth, Brisbane, and Singapore.

You can work in exploration, looking to discover the next mineral source, or use data analytics to improve productivity. You can work in cybersecurity and mine geology, or with our logistics team, helping to get products to our customers faster and more reliably. You can help plan our mine infrastructure, or with our HR team, to make sure the right people are in the right place at the right time. The possibilities are endless.

Our Graduate and Vacation Programme

How do our graduates impact millions of lives?

At Rio Tinto, your hard work, dedication and outside-the-box thinking will help deliver the materials behind human progress. Like the copper for wind turbines. The iron in our skyscrapers. And the borates for crops that feed the world. Experience a challenging, flexible and rewarding career that takes you places: from big cities to breathtaking, remote landscapes. How will your story begin?

We employ graduates across our global business and look for curious and creative minds who want to bring different perspectives into our company. Here, you can work in a number of different roles, locations, and areas of our business.

We work in some of the most remote, beautiful places in the world – like the Northwest Territories in Canada and Weipa in Far North Queensland, Australia – as well as in major metropolitan hubs like Montreal, Perth, Brisbane, and Singapore.

You can work in exploration, looking to discover the next mineral source, or use data analytics to improve productivity. You can work in cybersecurity and mine geology, or with our logistics team, helping to get products to our customers faster and more reliably. You can help plan our mine infrastructure, or with our HR team, to make sure the right people are in the right place at the right time. The possibilities are endless.

Our Graduate Programme

We want you to help us shape what Rio Tinto will look like in the years to come. Come join us, challenge the way we do things and helps us to look for opportunities to reinvent mining.

We know that work is changing so our graduate programme is designed to prepare you for the leadership roles of the future. To help you explore our company and develop your career, during your two years as a graduate, you will be able to participate in:

  • Individual coaching and mentoring sessions
  • Online learning sessions with your peers around the world
  • Graduate summits where you will learn and build your networks – not only with fellow graduates, but also with our senior leaders and technical experts
  • You will also have the chance to learn from world-class online learning materials and other resources selected by our experts.

Our Vacation Programme

Our Vacation Programme runs from December to February. It’s a challenging and fast-paced 12 weeks, in which you’ll put theory into practice to deliver results. With guidance and support at every step of the way you’ll complete a number of job-based assignments related to your area of study. Our Vacation Programme opens the opportunity to collaborate with graduates, leaders and technical experts. It’s important to us that by the end of the programme, you’ve a greater technical understanding, confidence and passion to pursue your career in your field of study.

We’re looking for motivated students who want to learn. Those excited by new environments and ready for the challenge ahead. Rio Tinto ‘s Vacation Programme presents a great opportunity for those who wish to be considered for a future Graduate position, the beginning of a long and rewarding career with Rio Tinto.

We’re seeking university students studying in the following fields:

  • Chemical / Process Engineering
  • Civil / Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science / Software Engineering
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Data Analytics / Data Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geology / Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Health / Safety / Environment
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Industrial Automation / Robotics Engineering
  • Information Systems & Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics / Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Mining Engineering
  • Survey

Role vacancies are subject to business requirements.

Why Join Us? 

  • We offer our graduates real work, in real environments and set you up with the necessary skills and knowledge for a long-lasting career with us.
  • We also offer a competitive salary package and array of benefits; alongside family-friendly rosters and city-based locations.
  • We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success.
  • We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.
  • We also aim for a diverse workplace – not just because it is good for our business, but because it is the right thing to do. We are not where we want to be on gender diversity, so we have established clear targets to improve the number of women in our organisation, at all levels.
  • We have gender-neutral parental leave in all countries in which we operate and our policy on inclusion and diversity reinforces our expectations around behaviours and personal accountability. We set ambitious goals to increase our diversity year on year.
  • We are also a Founding Member of the Australian Male Champions of Change, a group established to elevate gender equality.

Vacation Programme and application process FAQs:

What is the Vacation Programme?

Rio Tinto’s Vacation Programme runs for 12 weeks and is aimed at providing university students with the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience, apply their skills and learning and get a taste for what it’s like to work at Rio Tinto.

As part of the Programme, you will complete a number of job-based assignments related to your areas of study. It’s important to us that you feel welcome to Rio Tinto and prepared for valuable on the job learning. As such you will be partnered up with a buddy to provide you with guidance and support, and for the duration of your time with us, you will receive regular feedback and coaching. For students in their penultimate or final year, the Rio Tinto Vacation Programme is a great opportunity should you wish to be considered for a Graduate position with us in 2021.

Is the Rio Tinto Vacation Student Programme a paid work experience programme?

Absolutely! Successful Students will be doing real work and will be paid.

In which location will Rio Tinto Vacation Students be working?

Rio Tinto has numerous operating sites and processing plants across Australia, as well as offices in Perth and Brisbane. We also provide fantastic opportunities to work in remote regions as part of the programme. Students should be prepared and open to working and living in these types of environments.

Does Rio Tinto provide travel assistance?

Students who are successful in securing a role and who are required to relocate temporarily to the job location will be eligible to receive some financial assistance in terms of flights. Students who will be positioned in a residential community (excluding city locations) will also be provided accommodation for the duration of the programme.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements for the Australian Rio Tinto Vacation Programme?

To be eligible for the Vacation Programme you must have unrestricted working rights, or be able to obtain unrestricted working rights in Australia (Citizen, Permanent Resident, and Australian Student Visa). Unfortunately, for first-year students, we’re unable to consider you this time around, but we would love to see you apply in the future.

What should I put in my resume/cv?

It’s important to provide the anticipated month and year of your graduation, outline your work experience including how much time you spent working i.e. two weeks, three months, or part-time 10 hours a week etc. Volunteer experience is relevant experience, so make sure you include that, as well as any sporting or academia groups you represented. This also extends to any personal achievements such as obtaining a black belt in martial arts or a pilot’s licence for example. This demonstrates teamwork, leadership, commitment and thirst for learning. It’s important to remember to keep your resume simple.

Do I need to submit a cover letter?

No. Unless we specifically request a cover letter, then one is not required.

As an applicant to the Rio Tinto Vacation Programme, how many stages are there, and what can I expect?

On applying you will be asked to complete a series of questions which will help us determine your suitability/ eligibility. Selected applicants will then be asked to complete a series of online behavioural games (Pymetrics, 30 minutes), a personality questionnaire and an abilities assessment (SHL one hour).
From here chosen applicants will be progressed to participate in an interview with a Rio Tinto Hiring Leader and a member of our Graduate Talent team, this will be conducted via live video streaming.

Successful candidates will be provided with a Letter of Offer which is subject to checks. These include; background, immigration and medical check.

Who should I contact if I am having technical difficulties with my application or online assessments?

If you are having issues with your application or online profile you can contact the Graduate Recruitment team. Should your inquiry/ issue be in relation to one of the online assessments, then we would ask you to please contact the appropriate technology provider i.e. Pymetrics or SHL. You should find the correct contact details provided in the email invitations sent to you by the provider.

Graduate Review

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  • The fact that safety has priority over everything else, means we will always be working in a safe environment.
  • challenging work exposure to really high-profile projects the culture around safety is really good
  • Wide range of mineral sectors and opportunities to grow within the company
  • The exposure to so many different teams and opportunities. The breadth of experience that you receive immediately and how this becomes transferrable across the entire business. This means that even though I have started in Procurement, the skills I have acquired may allow me to work in a completely different role and team in the future with little concern.
  • Training opportunities. Flexibility
  • Time away from family sometimes long hours at work
  • I do not have a technical background, so this has been a challenge but very rewarding in the amount that I have learnt from colleagues and experiences over my time at the organisation.
  • Unpaid overtime. Pressure/stress
  • Perceived pressure and lots of red tape and redundant procedures due to the scale of the company, some not so fantastic people
  • No structured rotations for graduates to experience different parts of the business and change can be hard to achieve at times.

Opportunities

  • Work across our operations in WA, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and neighboring New Zealand or in Perth and Brisbane city hubs
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Internship

Rio Tinto's Vacation Programme is paid work experience and will run over the summer break of Australian universities 2020/ 2021.

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Rio Tinto VR

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a mine site looks like, then wonder no more! We have created a virtual reality representation of our mines and remote operations centre in Perth

Pioneering progress

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.