Achiever Programme - Information for employers

Let us help you find your future talent

The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Achiever Programme helps match your organisation with penultimate tertiary students looking to pursue a career in accounting and gain work experience.

Internships placements provide a valuable experience for both students and employers. We know that recruiting for and running a work experience programme requires time, cost and considerable effort.*

For this reason, we've designed a programme to do some of the groundwork for you. Chartered Accountants ANZ in partnership with Readygrad, an expert in intern management and graduate recruitment programmes, will identify well-rounded, quality students and connect them with employers like yourself offering paid** work experience.

Registration for the 2021 Achiever Programme is now closed.

The benefits of the programme

  • Save time and resources –by allowing us to assist with talent sourcing for a paid** internship placement
  • Identify and engage with promising talent
  • Build your employer brand with highly engaged students
  • Establish a pipeline for your graduate programme
  • Students can bring a fresh perspective and eagerness to learn and contribute to an organisation
  • Receive resources to help guide you through the programme
  • In 2019, 65% of employers stated that they placed a candidate on an ongoing basis within the organisation***
"Ryan brought to work each day a desire to engage with his peers and clients and learn from his experiences. He would ask intelligent questions on assignments so that he could link the "why" with the "how"."
Alex Marchione CA, Director – Business Advisory and Assurance division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne: Achiever participant 2017.

How does the process work?

We are always striving to improve the experience of the Achiever Programme for both employers and students. As a result, we have undertaken an extensive review of the programme and built a new programme we believe will maximise the value for employers, your organisation and students.

Applicants will undertake an online assessment testing their verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning skills with benchmarks based on a norm group of thousands of assessments. Personality profile testing will evaluate their personal attributes, values and life skills in an effort to maximise performance and contribution to the company. Additional insights will be provided through a one-way video interview assessing key professional skills such as problem solving, motivation and teamwork.

These students are then matched to your organisation based on your specified selection criteria.

"I really liked the fact that students had to go through a fairly significant amount of screening before we got candidates put in front of us. Thanks to this rigorous process we were presented with three potential candidates to choose from and they each exceeded our expectations."
Leanne Milligan, former CFO at Waitomo Group; Achiever participant 2018.

Timing, duration and cost

To increase flexibility, we will be offering two cohorts of intern, a summer intake across November 2021 – February 2022, and a mid-year 2022 intake.

To ensure the viability and maintain our high-quality standard of the programme, we will be implementing a modest fee of $750 in your local currency for each first successful placement made in your organisation. If you wish to welcome additional interns in the same cohort, a fee of $250 in your local currency will be payable for each extra placement secured, subject to availability and providing equity to all our employer partners. Read more in the FAQ.

Building a relationship with promising talent ahead of the internship intake period could save you time and effort in the long run. After a positive work experience placement, students may commit to your organisation before they graduate. In 2019, more than 6 out of 10 students that undertook the programme stayed on within the organisation either as a graduate or continued casual, part-time, or full-time work. ***

Key Dates

Employers registration for the 2021 Achiever Programme is now closed.

Student applications are open from 5 – 19 July 2021.

Applications for the second cohort will be open early 2022.

Do you have more questions?

Feedback from employers that participated in the 2019 Achiever Programme

"We have thoroughly appreciated being a part of the CA ANZ Achiever Programme. It's always so rewarding working with ambitious students of such high calibre." - Athanasia Corso, Former People & Culture Recruitment at Moore Stephens.

"The CA Achiever Programme provides easy access to great candidates - with a lot of the hard work of recruiting taken care of." - Simon Miller, Partner at Clifton Hall.

"We have been participating in the Achieve Programme since commencement. CA has done a fabulous job of recruiting talented individuals and matching them to the right employer. All the individuals that have been part of our work experience programme have become full-time team members. We highly recommend this CA initiative, and it has become an essential part of our recruitment at Adrians." - Kimberley Middlemis, Partner at Adrians.

"Last year through the CA ANZ Achiever Programme, I was matched with 3 Achiever candidates for our Assurance service line. All 3 candidates were a great fit for our organisation, and we made all 3 graduate offers after their internship with us. The Achiever Programme provides a great opportunity to see a pool of students that I hadn't met before." - Katie Nugent, Oceania Learning & Development – Advisory at EY.

* majerrecruitment.com.au/blog/australian-recruitment-statistics Published 28/2/2018. Revised 7/4/2021
** The salary for student placements is at the discretion of employers and does vary from firm to firm
*** Data collected from 57 employers who participated in the 2019 Achiever Programme responding to the question – Did you place any of your candidates in an ongoing position following the completion of their Achiever Placement © 2021 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand ABN 50 084 642 571. All rights reserved.

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