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Our Vacation Programme

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Our 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.

Who we’re looking for

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.

Vacation Programme and Application Process FAQs:

Q: What is the Vacation Programme?

A: 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.

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

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

Q: In which location will Rio Tinto Vacation Students be working?

A: 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.

Q: Does Rio Tinto provide travel assistance?

A: 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.

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

A: 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 round, but we would love to see you apply in the future.

Q: What should I put in my resume/cv?

A: 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 team work, leadership, commitment and thirst for learning. It’s important to remember to keep your resume simple.

Q: Do I need to submit a cover letter?

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

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

A: 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 behavioral 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.

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

A: 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.


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