Capgemini and Deloitte win Australian graduate employment awards

31 October 2023 3 min. read
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Professional services firms Capgemini and Deloitte have continued their run of human resources accolades as recipients of the latest graduate employment awards from industry association AAGE.

The Australian Association of Graduate Employers has issued its latest annual industry awards for graduate recruitment and development (dubbed the AGRIAs), with professional services firms Capgemini and Deloitte among this year’s winners.

Previously named by AAGE as one of the country’s top ten graduate employers, tech consultancy Capgemini has now taken home the award for most outstanding graduate program for intakes over 50, ahead of fellow finalists BDO, Atlassian and Allens.

Capgemini and Deloitte win Australian graduate employment awards

Meanwhile, the equivalent award for intakes under 50 went to the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning – a recent, award-winning client of Nous Group – with Partners in Performance among the finalists.

In a heartfelt post to LinkedIn, Janani D’Silva, Capgemini’s head of culture & engagement noted the importance of how people are treated in the critical early phase of their careers, describing her own dispiriting experience in entering the workforce and the long-lingering sense of inadequacy it instilled. “When you go for cycle after cycle of interviews, and all you get is a tap on your shoulder to indicate you should leave now. No feedback, just a cringe.”

Fast forward to five years ago, and Capgemini set out to reimagine its graduate program, asking whether it was possible to maintain operational excellence while leading with empathy and building connection in a diverse, dispersed workforce. The results speak for themselves.

In addition to AAGE, the firm is also recognised as a top ten employer by both GradAustralia, and GradConnection, with CEO Kaylene O’Brien recently named HR Australia’s champion of the year.

Deloitte, another consultancy consistently commended for its human resources practices, including as to employment innovation, has meanwhile received an AGRIA for most outstanding integrated marketing campaign in the 50-plus graduate intake category. The AAGE graduate market innovation award however went to Atlassian, the software company pipping category finalists Ernst & Young and cybersecurity consulting and services firm CyberCX.

Deloitte’s appeal as an employer was also reflected in the individual nominations for most popular recruiter, with talent acquisition consultant Ashley Holihan taking home the (large program) trophy ahead of Deloitte colleagues Alice Ru, Angelos Zervas, and last year’s winner Alyssa Mifsud. The medium program award went to Farah Bayley, with GHD colleague Sarah Cullen and BDO pair Charlie Cowell and Jess Saunders among the finalists.