Lawrence & Hanson Graduate Programs & Internships

Since 1886 we’ve been supplying quality products to customers across multiple market sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial.

‘We Know Electrical’ and strive to be the wholesaler of choice for knowledge, customer service, digital business solutions, consistent pricing and stock availability.

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About Us

Since 1886 we’ve been supplying quality products to customers across multiple market sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial.

‘We Know Electrical’ and strive to be the wholesaler of choice for knowledge, customer service, digital business solutions, consistent pricing and stock availability.

Sonepar Group

Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services. 

Through a dense network of 100 brands spanning 40 countries, the Group has an ambitious transformation agenda to become the first global B-to-B electrical distributor to provide a fully digitalized and synchronized omnichannel experience to all customers. Drawing on the skill and passion of its 45,000 associates, Sonepar had sales of €26.4 billion in 2021. Sonepar makes its customers’ lives easier, over the counter, visiting customers, by phone or online, – however we’re needed.

2021 Key Figures

We led the market:

  • 26.4 billion euros in sales (30% online) – 31st December 2021
  • Over 40 countries
  • #1 in 11 countries
  • 1 million order lines per day
  • With a powerful network:
  • 45,000 associates
  • Over 100 brands
  • 2,800 branches
  • 150 distribution centres

For a positive impact:

  • #1 in sales of energy efficient products
  • Aligned with 1.5°C target
  • 230 Sustainability initiatives

2021 was a historic year for Sonepar. The Group broke a new record after 2019 and recorded sales of 26.4 billion euros, with 18% autonomous growth.

Why Join Us?

At Lawrence & Hanson, we strongly believe our people make the difference.

We invest in our people to ensure we deliver great service.

Our 1000+ employees receive ongoing training to provide great customer service to our customers. Customers are at the centre of everything we do. With this in mind we prepare our people to adapt, be daring, learn and self improve. We promote fair & individual career development & ensure that the right people are assign to the right role.

Unlike retail, we are not a transactional business.  Our business is built on relationships.  We love to have fun with our customers & enjoy seeing them regularly.  We mainly operate Monday to Friday with no or limited weekend work.  

What’s in it for you?

  • Our heritage is strong– Lawrence & Hanson opened its doors in 1886 and we remain the most recognised electrical wholesaler in Australia
  • Development– we invest in our people with a range of programs including externally recognised training 
  • A great place to work – we have fun and work hard as a high performing team
  • Financial incentives – we reward out people with an attractive profit share scheme in each branch
  • Local meets global – we are part of Sonepar, the world leader in BB2B distribution of electrical products

“As a L&H Graduate I enjoyed that you were paid to learn. I loved the variety of the Graduate Program.  I always felt fully supported to succeed as there was a lot of time and money invested in me.  There is certainly opportunity for progression” – Andrew (2016 Graduate Intake – now Branch Manager L&H Mitchell)

Graduate Program

Your Career, Your Way

The Lawrence & Hanson Graduate Program is a 12 month program with locations based across Australia undertaken over three rotations in different roles with a focus on technical knowledge and skills, business acumen and personal opportunities to prepare you for an exciting career. As a Lawrence & Hanson graduate you will have the opportunity to build your career your way!

Our graduate program will provide you with unrivalled exposure to senior business leaders who are invested and committed to your growth and willing to share their expertise and insights to better your experience. As a graduate at Lawrence & Hanson, you will have the opportunity to build the foundations of your career with Australia’s most recognised electrical wholesaler.  We offer a fun, collaborative, down to earth working environment.

As a Lawrence & Hanson graduate, you will work on day-to-day activities to support your immediate team as well as working on challenging & meaningful projects.  You will also benefit from coaching and the support of a dedicated buddy to help you make the most of the Program.  The Program covers multi-functions – you will learn about supply chain; sales; project management; customer service; finance; people management; inventory management & risk management whilst working in an informal, supportive network.  

We are looking for open-minded and driven graduates who are excited about the opportunity to work in a fast-paced industry. Our customers range from large industrial mining companies to the electrician in the van.  We provide electrical installation materials & energy efficient products that can be found in every house; building; hospital; motorway; mining site; factory.  We play a pivotal role in the supply chain. We are at the forefront of technological advancements in the electrical industry whilst maintaining our commitment to planet.

Your Learning Journey 

Your journey as a Lawrence & Hanson graduate will involve developing your expertise and skillset through a completely customised learning & development journey where you will have access to a unique range of technical and professional development to set you up for a successful career in our branches. 

At Lawrence & Hanson we are committed to creating opportunities and driving progression through our business. We have a huge range of resources such as online training courses and development plans to get you ready to own and drive your career.

As a graduate at Lawrence & Hanson, you will: 

  • 3 x Job Rotations
  • Experience different businesses & managers
  • Seek out on-the-job opportunities for additional learning
  • Become the “go-to” person for a particular product, brand or subject
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from others
  • Mentoring, coaching & job shadowing – support & access to Senior Leadership Team
  • Online learning as well as regular development workshops, webinars and training sessions

Application Process

Apply Online

Complete a short online application form and tell us a bit about yourself! Ensure you check the eligibility criteria for the program and have your documentation ready to upload.

Online Testing

Complete some online assessments to assist us in gaining a better knowledge of who you are, your preferred styles of working, and your individual strengths and skills.

Video Interview

Record your responses to some questions where you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your experiences and alignment to Lawrence & Hanson. We will be looking for several competencies that are critical for Lawrence & Hanson graduates!

Assessment Centre

Participate in a virtual Assessment Centre where you will complete a range of different activities and learn more about Lawrence & Hanson. You’ll have the opportunity to meet members of our team from all over the nation and understand what a day in the life of Lawrence & Hanson could look like for you!

Social Responsibility


At Lawrence & Hanson we are committed to a sustainable future.  Internally we are cutting down our own emission, carbon footprint and waste by making changes to the way we operate.

Lawrence & Hanson branches across the country use LED lighting and we are now adopting solar panels to selected branches as well.

Lawrence & Hanson provide staff with an Energy Transition eLearning module to educate and encourage employees to reduce our Co2 footprint and expand our knowledge and expertise in sustainability products and systems.

We work closely with our suppliers to promote and advocate energy efficient products.

We have adopted a no plastic policy many years ago and cut down on paper usage by sending electronic invoices to our customers.

At Lawrence & Hanson along with Sonepar we aim to become the leading electrical distributor accelerating the market adoption of clean energy solutions and net zero emissions.


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