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Saab attracts largest ever Graduate intake

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Saab Australia (Saab) has recorded its largest annual intake of tertiary engineering graduates and interns, with 25 new recruits representing the future of engineering across robotic, mechatronic, mechanical, electrical, electronic, computer, software and cyber disciplines.

Ten STEM-specialised undergraduate interns also joined the company’s talent pool for the 2021 intake with women outnumbering men seven to three.

Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough said that Saab is committed to supporting the growth of the defence talent pipeline in South Australia and contributing to the delivery of some of the country’s largest and most complex defence programs.

“Saab is a great place to work with many opportunities to work on cutting edge technology and some of Australia’s largest defence contracts. This year we’ve had a record intake and attracted the brightest local talent along with six graduates from interstate.

“We’ve also seen our highest number of female interns this year, outnumbering males six to four – a great indication STEM careers are continuing to rise in popularity among girls and young women.

“We’re very proud to welcome the next generation of engineers to Saab and kick-start their careers in delivering future combat systems to Australian Defence along with a range of innovative security and technology solutions.”

The company was again recently recognised as one of the top 75 graduate employers in the country, based on votes from a national pool of graduates released last week.

Saab’s 2021 recruitment numbers only reflect its continued growth as a leading national defence and security company.

“We’ve experienced significant growth in recent years and are poised for further expansion, so attracting best-in-field talent across all areas of our business remains a top priority,” he said.

Saab’s two-year graduate program is tailored to support graduates’ current skills, developmental needs, preferences and business needs. All graduates are offered ongoing employment with Saab at the end of their program.

Saab’s interns spend 12 weeks with the company over their summer university holidays. They are integrated across Saab’s business disciplines, in line with their degree, and have the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of real-life projects which support the business.

Several other state-based graduate programs exist to support defence industry career pathways across specialist areas like project and business management, design and engineering, operations and trade, and ICT.

Graduates can find more information on Defence SA’s Find Your Place website.