Graduate Development Program - Accelerate

Holcim believes that by identifying and investing in your potential, we can develop our future leaders. As a participant in our graduate program, you will actively contribute and engage with the business, learning industry best practice from key Holcim leaders and employees.

About the program 

In New Zealand, the 12-month Accelerate program will include 3 x four-month blocks made up of two blocks in the Cement business (operations and sales) and one in the Aggregates business; with locations in Hastings and Auckland.

2024 Graduates - Accelerate Your Career and Help Build Progress With Us

The Holcim Graduate Development Program is an opportunity to experience and learn about the Holcim New Zealand business within your allocated business unit.  The program provides the development of personal, professional, technical and divisional-specific skills required as an operational employee and future leader within Holcim. 

The Graduate Development Program - Accelerate was open for applications from 31st August 2023 until 24th September 2023 for the 2024 intake.

The key aim of the program is to create operational leaders of the future.

Commencing in February 2024, Our 12-month program consists of immersing graduates into one business unit and tailoring a development plan to prepare graduates for a successful career with Holcim.

Moving across various sites, you will experience different places, people and functions in real jobs working on real sites. The program will see you work across multiple locations and may require you to travel to some of our regional sites.

Employee Spotlight: Building progress

Thisy Fabris is a Pre-Contracts Coordinator in the major projects team, based in Queensland. She completed the Holcim Australia Graduate Program in 2020 to now be part of a global group of 60,000 passionate, pioneering and high-performing people. She’s part of a team, delivering large infrastructure projects, that inspires each other to push the boundaries of what’s possible, delivering the innovative and sustainable building solutions the world needs.

Career progression

Holcim encourages its employees to never stop learning and own their continuous growth through Holcim’s Learning and Development program. 

  • Leadership Development Programs
    • Whether you are an individual contributor wanting to take your first steps into leading others, a current manager or a senior leader, there is a program tailored to your needs. The programs minimise time away from work and maximise your personal efficiency and impact.
    • Other Programs include:  Quarry Manager Development Program, Area Operations Manager Development Program and Jump Start program.  
  • Leadership Coaching Programs
    • The three-month Leadership Coaching Program helps grow people and helps to inspire them to be leaders. The program takes Holcim's leaders on a deeply personal journey with qualified coaches from around the globe to build upon their current knowledge, skills and abilities and take them to the next level.
  • Self driven unlimited access to our online learning platform.
  • Global Development Programs:
    • Early Careers Leadership Program (ECLP)
    • Aggregates Manager Course (AMC)
    • Young Leaders Program (International) 

To be eligible for our 2024 Graduate Program, you'll need to:

  • New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
  • Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree within the last 3 years of program start date (e.g;  2021, 2022 or 2023)
  • Be able to commence full time employment commencing February 2024
  • Have studied a degree ideally but not limited to;  Engineering, Science, Commerce, Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Be open and willing to travel to our regional sites for some of your rotations. 
  • Take part in Pre Employment Checks including a Medical and a National Police Check

“What makes me proud about working in Holcim is seeing the real-world impact of the project that I am working on and seeing my contribution make a difference. I am also proud of being able to work with many talented individuals who inspire me every day.”

Arash| Graduate (Production Engineer), NSW - University of Sydney, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (Hons)

Graduate Development Program FAQs

Who is Holcim?

Holcim is the global leader in building solutions. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. Holcim is 60,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

Holcim Australia and New Zealand has been operating for more than 110 years and includes quarries, concrete batching plants, manufacturing and corporate offices which employ more than 3,700 people directly and indirectly. Holcim’s products and solutions bring projects to life in our cities, regions and communities.

Who is eligible to apply for the Graduate Program?

Applications for the 2024 Graduate Program will be open between 31st August to the 24th September. 

To apply for the Graduate Program you are required to have graduated within 3 years of your graduate intake year. You should also be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

Can I apply if I am not a New Zealand citizen?

The program is open to New Zealand citizens. We do not accept temporary visa applicants.

Is the program currently open for applications?

The Graduate Development Program - Accelerate was open for applications 31st August 2023 until 24th September 2023 for the 2024 intake.

Where are the graduate positions located?
Locations (New Zealand) Aggregates Cement Sales
NZ Hastings, Auckland Dunedin, Wellington, Lyttleton & Depot Auckland
Locations (Australia) Aggregates Humes Concrete
NSW Albion Park Blacktown (visits to Tamworth) Artarmon
VIC Oaklands Junction Laverton (sporadic Echuca travel) Hawthorn, Epping, Footscray and Springvale
QLD Beenleigh, Petri or Nerimbera Ipswich (visit to Grafton, possible 6 weeks in Rockhampton/Townsville) Milton, Murrarrie, Acacia Ridge, Narangba
SA (n.a.) Pooraka Brompton
WA Gosnells Welshpool East Perth, Gnangara, Welshpool


What happens at the end of the program?

Upon completion of the development program, each of the graduates will secure a full-time opportunity in a role aligned to business needs and their interest areas.