The rankings list was created following a survey of over 1,900 graduates conducted by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, the peak body for the graduate recruitment and development market.

Graduates who have had up to 12 months of full-time experience with the business were invited to complete the survey which focuses on orientation and induction, training and development, career progression, quality of work, supervisor or manager, compensation and benefits, work/life balance and company culture.

Piocutre of two young male graduate electrical engineers Jason Hockings and Adrian Lloyd

Townsville-based second year graduate Electrical Engineer Adrian Lloyd (pictured right) said his experience has been excellent, with a constant focus on personal development and skills. Adrian has also enjoyed training with other graduates.

“There is a sense of comradery among fellow graduates and we tend to catch up and stay in contact regularly.”

Graduates undergo a three-year rotational program with six rotations. Four rotations are ‘core’ in the areas of protection, planning, design and a field rotation. The other two, whilst nominated by the graduates, are balanced against current business requirements.

Chair of the Graduate Talent Committee, Jason Hall said Ergon’s program is well placed with a focus on “keeping things relevant and up-to-date especially with technology.”

Ergon graduates receive full support from the get go. "The graduates are assigned a mentor, who for some continues with the graduate well after the program. For many this is valuable in terms of coaching and career development."

Organisational Development Advisor Andrea Smith said the company's graduate employment program was developed and implemented over ten years ago.

"The program was designed to sustain our business and importantly foster new young talent into our company. The selection process has typically been rigorous graduate as we've always wanted the best and brightest.

“We pride our Graduates Program on providing a culture that empowers graduates to take charge of their development and career direction,” she said.