Coates Hire Graduate Programs & Internships

Coates Hire gear our graduates with real jobs and real challenges, within a diverse framework, enabling career opportunities, technical training and executive mentorship, to prepare you to become a leader and innovator of our future.

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About Coates Hire

Our Story:

It’s a unique program designed for Graduates who are driven, agile and committed with a strong willingness to understand the fundamentals of business while working for a market leader with a national and international footprint.

Our geographical footprint will afford the successful graduates the opportunity to be considered for international rotations in years 2 and 3.

With our first Graduate intake taking place in January 2015, our three-year graduate program is now open for applications from recent Graduates who will start with the business in January 2016.

We believe in making it happen.

We gear our graduates with real jobs and real challenges,

within a diverse framework, enabling career opportunities,

technical training and executive mentorship,

to prepare you to become a leader and innovator of our future.

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What we do

We are Australia’s largest equipment rental company and one of the largest in the world.

With over 2,400 employees across a national network of 230 branches.

From large scale mining and infrastructure projects to supporting the local tradie. From helping to build hospitals and schools to supporting the development of the nation’s largest road networks, we’re one of the most diverse companies in Australia.

Our vision is to:

Help build a better future.

Help our customers and our country grow and prosper.

Help the communities we work with thrive and flourish.

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The Offering & Our Team

The Offering:

At Coates Hire we invest in our people because the success of our business depends on the ability of our people.

Our graduates are equipped with a real plan.

Individually tailored over a three-year program,

Entrusted with the responsibility of a real job with real challenges.

Hands-on experience in exciting projects that make a difference.

Supported by a community of customers, peers and even the CEO.

Mentored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team guiding you throughout your journey.

Our Graduate Program has been strategically designed to build your expertise through technical training to excel over a wide range of skill-sets and develop as a wholesome and innovative leader.

Upon successful completion of the program you’re guaranteed to be appointed in a leadership position in one of our 230 branches across the country.

Are you a leader of our future?

Let’s make it happen.

Our Team:

Their Experiences

Mark Whitfield

Territory Sales Manager 
Sydney Metro

I started my career with Coates Hire as a branch team member and have progressed through to my current leadership role. I can attribute my development to date through the mentoring and coaching I have received. I have had the opportunity to develop my skills formally through the Coates Hire management development program and am currently completing my MBA which is supported by the business to assist me to grow and further develop on a personal and professional level.

I have worked across sales, operations and have also held a business analyst role across my career so far here at Coates Hire and look forward to continuing my career path with this great organisation.

Vicky Katsiris

HR Services Manager

I’ve been with Coates Hire for just over 4 years and I cannot begin to outline the opportunities afforded to me. I was excited to join this dynamic business in 2001 as the HR Business Partner in our National Head Office supporting the Corporate function from IT, Shared Services, Finance and Marketing. With a lot of hard work and commitment, an opportunity was presented to relocate to Victoria to provide HR partnership for our sales and operational teams across Victoria and Tasmania which has been one of, if not my best professional and personal experience to date. To be embedded across our network in this region and have exposure across all areas was so rewarding. The support from my immediate team and the new team in Victoria is indescribable. The Leadership team coached and mentored me and helped me tackle any challenge head on with great results. As such this exposure has now seen me move back into the Corporate team supporting our network nationally with recruitment and HR transactional services. This new challenge is exciting in so many ways- Coates Hire have equipped me with a strong understanding of the business network so that my team and I can implement recruitment strategies best suited. It’s become clearly evident over my tenure at Coates Hire that the opportunities really are endless. 

Rafi Tchopourian

Group Manager - Specialist Business

I started my career with Coates Hire after an acquisition in which I was promoted into the position of NSW Operations and Sales across the newly merged company. Today I am the Group Manager for the Specialist business incorporating water management, traffic and shoring systems and have responsibility for the Engineering and Technical Team. My career has taken an interesting path and I enjoy the challenge of working for such a large and diverse organisation where there is real opportunity and support to succeed.

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The Graduate Program & Our Graduates

The Graduate Program:

The key to the growth of Coates Hire is our people. The development of our future leadership team relies on the success of our Graduate Program.

The Coates Hire Graduate Program is resourceful, flexible and shows initiative. We pride on talent who communicate with clarity and vision, seamlessly operate within a team, and share the same values and vision of our Coates Hire brand – always wanting to help build a better future.

The structured three-year program will lay the foundation for your successful career with Coates Hire.

During the Graduate Program you will progress and advance your skills through five rotations within the business, granting you real exposure to management, sales, operations and customers.

You will be hands-on from day one, contributing in a real job that enables a real opportunity to ignite your career within a company that believes true success comes from promoting and advancing the skillset of their people within.

We welcome graduates with a GPA of credit, distinction or above from the following disciplines: Engineering, Civil, Mining, Mechanical and Electrical Science, Occupational Health &Safety, Human Resources, Logistics, Economics, Finance, Business or Commerce.

You must be an Australian citizen and willing to relocate within Australia at the end of the program.

Ready to take the next step?

Let’s make it happen.

Please click the Apply Now button to start your application.

Applications close 23rd October 2015.

Our Graduates:

 Joel Vinicombe - Victoria

I chose Coates Hire for career development and working for the best in the business. We are industry leaders and the program provided a great learning and development opportunity.  I have found the program to be much more challenging than expected. The learning curve is step and we are constantly challenged and pushed beyond the comfort zone but I’m enjoying it- particularly the networking opportunities with our customers. After spending time in the branches and then out on the road, you get so many opportunities to meet and develop relationships with customers.

Keeara Young - Western Australia

I chose the Graduate program with Coates Hire for a number of different reasons. After doing some research through their website, I noticed the huge focus on the development of their people and how happy people are in their jobs at Coates Hire. This was a huge influence for me as well as, wanting to be a contributor of something big in the future. There appears to be endless opportunities for the team at Coates Hire. The Graduate program itself is so diverse and allows you to see and appreciate so many parts of the business. The program is attractive because it is so different to anything else out there.  Not only do you get too see all these different roles in the business, you also are part of them and are given a hands on approach to each role.

You need to start with an open mind and be willing to jump in and do anything. The program has been full on from the start which makes time go incredibly quick, often makes you think on your feet and soon as you’re comfortable in one role you’re onto the next! The program allows you to do things you never thought you would be doing which is exciting!

Angus Crowley - Queensland

I chose the Coates Hire Graduate Program for the large variety across rotations and dedicated mentoring program alongside it, and I’m glad I did. It is more than I expected, we are given responsibility and purpose within the business from the get go! The thing I enjoy most is visiting customers on their sites! 

Justin McGregor - Victoria

A major reason for the interest in the Coates Hire Graduate Program is that you are given exposure to a wide variety of areas within the business. A key point to note within this program is the fact that in a few short years you will be formally recognised as a leader within an iconic Australian company.

As a graduate you often feel privileged from the exposure you are given into the mechanisms of Coates Hire from behind the scenes to the frontline.  You need to be a resilient individual and willing to put the effort in. You must be willing to work long hours and be flexible in the way you work. We were told from the start that we would become a key part of the Coates Hire team. I guess what is a bit unexpected is the high degree of value that is placed upon you in such a short period of time as a result of the effort you put in and the way you build relationships.  

Danielle Clark - Western Australia

There was something about Coates Hire that made me identify with the business straight away. I knew that there would be opportunity to move and grow within a strong iconic Company which is deeply embedded in Australia.

The most enjoyable thing so far has been the hands on nature of the rotations. We really have been performing the roles and getting strong insight that would not come from simply observing or shadowing someone within the role. I even have a forklift ticket which is something I never thought I would have!

Ajith Sasidharan - NSW

I chose Coates Hire because the graduate program was so varied. It allowed me to get involved in so many aspects of the business and get a more well-rounded induction into the business than a regular graduate program.

Becoming familiar with the equipment that we have for hire such as Mini Excavators, Skid Steer Loaders, Rollers to name a few has been very exciting.

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