Ignite Graduate Program

Our comprehensive Ignite Graduate Program will provide a robust foundation for your career in construction. 

Applications are now open for our 2023 Ignite Graduate Program!

Over the course of our graduate program, you’ll develop a strong understanding of how different departments, clients and contractors work collaboratively to deliver exceptional outcomes. You’ll also have opportunities to build on your knowledge from a wide range of external training resources, all with the aim of helping you get ahead. You’ll gain exposure to a wide range of construction projects; from large community projects, to even larger city-defining infrastructure and structures projects. 

Working side by side with senior management and specially selected mentors, you’ll be immersed in a live project environment right from the start. 

Growing together

The Symal journey starts with your induction into our Ignite Graduate Program. You’ll start work on one or more of the program units and we’ll work with you to decide the best way to integrate them into your live project work.

In no time you’ll feel more comfortable, with ongoing support from your mentor, as well as meeting the Symal senior leadership team at a graduate welcome lunch.

Where will your skills take you?

While our program is geared towards engineering graduates, we invite graduates in business management, safety, quality and environmental studies, human resources, accounting, law and other shared services like marketing and IT to apply. Whatever your qualification, what you’ll need most is a passion for construction.

The Symal journey

Anyone can be a stakeholder in a project – from customers, partners, investors or governments, to members of the community and traditional landowners. Their influence can have positive, and negative, effects on any project, so it’s important to engage them in a positive way, to manage their expectations, demands or feedback.

Time management is a critical component of project management. Programming is a process/tool used in construction to help teams manage time, sequencing activities and allocating resources on a project.

Civilex provides an in-house survey department who offers spatial and construction survey services for all our projects. The survey team is involved in the project from initial works to practical completion.

Procurement is the engagement of subcontractors and suppliers required to deliver a project. It’s crucial to successful project delivery, with financial wins or losses, often determined in the procurement phase.

Contracts and their management are a key success factor of any project, affecting areas from quality of work, outcomes, and relationships, to risk management and finances. Contract management includes activities performed after a contract has been awarded, and the monitoring and assessing of how well we’re performing to meet its requirements.

Estimating is at the forefront of an organisation’s success. This core function establishes the foundation of our projects and has direct influence on project outcomes – there’s a fine balance between risk management and maintaining market competitiveness. Through the tendering process, an estimator gains a full understanding of a project, visualising the task in hand and helping us quickly scope a proposal.

Health, safety, environment and quality management are key business elements practised by Civilex to ensure we meet our contractual, legislative and accreditation obligations.

Members of the Symal project management team play an integral role in ensuring the HSEQ components of the project are executed to the required standards.

Financial management is a key process in managing a successful project. Keeping a project on budget leads to the best outcomes for customers and communities, while enabling us to continue to invest in the business, and our people.

Leadership is a decision, not a position. As a graduate, you are on a career pathway to management and leadership. During this journey you will face many opportunities to step up and lead a team through challenging situations, while maintaining excellent relationships.

Communication is more about what is heard and understood than what is said.

The best leaders know this, tailoring their communication to suit their audience. Great communicators understand how style, tone, approach, medium and language impact what is understood, and the outcome.

Relationships work best when they’re mutually rewarding. When working with clients, partners and stakeholders, it’s important to strike the balance between protecting our interests and getting what you want, while maintaining good relationships.

Some common questions...

Symal’s Ignite graduate program offers a solid foundation leading into a diverse range of fields, not just engineering. This program will grant you access to all facets of the end-to-end construction process as well as all interrelated avenues. 

Applications open on 6th of February, with early May bringing forth the conclusion of the program. 

At Symal, ours is an inspiring, flexible approach that brings people together. You’ll play a key role in the growth of this business, and we’ll support you in your efforts as you challenge yourself to make a difference, every day.   


Collectively known as Symal, we unite multiple synergetic construction divisions, with a range of complementary businesses, each with a clear focus. Together, we work alongside valued industry partners, delivering end-to-end solutions that drive positive change. For you, this means there is a diverse range of learning and development opportunities. 


Symal covers the entire construction spectrum; tackling some of the largest road infrastructures projects whilst remaining true to who we are as an agile and nimble self-performing business. 

We are people people. We’re a diverse and inclusive group made up of people from all walks of life. We foster a positive atmosphere for our teams with social events and activities aligned with our values.   

We are genuinely invested in your growth and your program and cannot wait to see you grow! The program will challenge you, mentor you, and push you to be your best.We’ll offer you an attractive salary package as well as arming you with the tools you need to progress through your career. 

We’re all about our people, and fostering a vibrant workplace where individuals come together from unique backgrounds. We will not just be looking at your academic record, but your ability to interact and work with others. We’re looking for team players and progressive thinkers that can communicate their ideas and passions.  

If you’ve got heart and determination and aspire to be one a future leader in the construction industry, we want you to help us build better, together. 

You can apply right here, as well as our SEEK job board. You can also find us on Graduate Connection and LinkedIn.

Our teams have a variety of diversity, that is what makes us great!  

Be honest and highlight your academic experience and you career achievements to date.  

Make sure to proofread your application before submitting and be as informative and descriptive as you can be, this will highlight your attention to detail and give us an idea of what makes you tick.. 

Yes, this will be a permanent, full-time position. 

Sorry, all applicants must be either an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. 

No, you don’t. We consider any background as we have several different pathways you can take. Please see our Ignite Graduate page for information on these different pathways. 

We’ve geared the Ignite application process to enhance a two-way communication process between the Human Resources and Talent team and yourself as a candidate. 

We have highlighted a clear communication plan to ensure that you receive updates on key milestones and know where you may need to be, and when. This will ensure you are aware of what the next steps are. 

We want to get to know you and your background. We will show you the benefits of choosing us as your career partner, and hope to gather information and learn about what you can do to benefit Symal. 

We really want to find out more about what motivates you on a day-to-day basis as well as what pushes you to achieve your long-term goals and aspirations. Your questions will be behaviour-based. 

We want to know about your career interests, any previous work experience you may have and your time at university. We also want to dig a bit deeper and find out more about you as a person; what you like to do outside of university and/or work, what interests you, any hobbies, or extra-curricular activities you like to partake in. 

This information will allow us to make an informed assessment of who you are as a person as well as your fit within the culture at Symal. 

The application process

Our Ignite Graduate Program offers a great career foundation for graduates from a diverse range of fields. All you need is a passion for the construction industry and the ability to demonstrate leadership, drive and determination, team commitment, attention to detail, time management, interpersonal skills, adaptability, resilience and respect.

Applications open in February each year for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia or New Zealand in the last two years.

Successful applicants will officially join our Ignite Graduate Program in the February after graduation.

How to apply

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