Achiever Programme - Information for Employers

Let us help you find your future talent

Internships and graduate placements are not only a great experience for future talent, but there are many benefits you can gain as an employer. You could expect greater staff retention, development of existing staff through mentoring, introduction of fresh perspectives and the opportunity to trial candidates with varied qualifications and experience which you may not have considered for a permanent hire. 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 ground work for you.

The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ) Achiever Programme is run across Australia and New Zealand, employing a rigorous screening process to identify well-rounded, quality students currently studying business or accounting. The aim is to connect the best and brightest with employers like yourself offering paid work experience..

Why participate in the Achiever Programme?

  • Save time and resources - let us do the ground work for you
  • Identify, engage with and trial promising talent while they're studying.
  • Build your employer brand with thousands of highly engaged students.
  • Help equip future talent with an understanding of business and accounting.
  • Build a pipeline for your graduate programme or entry level roles.
  • We'll provide you with resources to help guide you through the Programme.

View the guidelines for participating employers.

Your Questions Answered

  • How does the process work?

    Chartered Accountants ANZ employs a rigorous screening process including cognitive testing (including problem solving, numerical reasoning and processing speed exercises), a video interview to assess communication skills, either a phone interview or an assessment centre in larger regions, and a one on one interview with you to determine suitability.

    The candidates put forward to interview with your organisation will be based on overall performance and criteria that you'll provide us during the process, such as year of study and field of study requirements or someone with particular career interests or passion.

  • Timing and duration of placements

    Achiever placements can range from 3-12 weeks in duration and generally run during the summer holiday period (November 2018 - February 2019). Placements can be run outside of this period and as early as from October 2018, however the programme is aligned to get the best time commitment from students while off-campus. In order for you to effectively evaluate a candidate's suitability and to provide the most rewarding experience for the intern, we recommend placements between 3-12 weeks. After a positive work experience placement, students may commit to your organisation before they graduate.

  • What if we don't have an established work experience programme?

    For those organisations who don't have an established work experience program, we will provide you with a handbook to help smooth the process of taking on an intern or graduate. Students will also be given resources, checklists and learning outcomes to deliver on during the placement period.

  • What if we are short on time and resources?

    Identifying and building a relationship with promising talent ahead of the graduate intake period could save you time and effort in the long run. After a positive work experience placement, these students can end up committing to your organisation before considering other alternatives in their final year.

    We acknowledge that recruiting for and running a work experience programme requires time and effort. For this reason, we will do some of the ground work for you and present you with a pool of talent to select from.

  • What if we already recruit for and run our own summer work experience programme?

    Through the employer-student matching component of the Achiever Programme, we may introduce you to promising students who may not have otherwise applied for your established program or been aware of your employer brand.

  • What are the costs associated with participation in the Achiever Programme?

    Employer participation in the Achiever Programme is offered free of charge. This includes the costs associated with the recruitment process and the promotion of your employer brand on campaign materials.

    However, employers participating in the Achiever Programme are expected to offer paid work experience placements.

  • How do I register to participate?
  • How will I be involved in the process?

    Once you have completed the application form confirming your details and some information about the placement/s and type of student you would like, we will do the testing process for you.

    To help us match your organisation with the best possible candidate/s for you we ask that you attend an Assessment Centre (if running in your region) in order to make personal judgements such as culture fit, soft skills etc so we can provide you with suitable students to interview in the next stage.

    Assessment centres will run between 4 - 7 September.

    We would also like you to be involved in the most important stage of the process, the one on one interviews. A small number of students will be provided for you to interview per role (some regions may have phone interviews) and provide us feedback on which student/s would be the best fit.

    Interviews will run between 17 - 28 September.

  • Who can I contact for more information?
Ryan Loo"The Programme was a wonderful opportunity to gain insight of the accounting industry and getting valuable first hand experience with a renowned company."
Ryan Loo, 2017 Achiever Programme participant with Pitcher Partners Melbourne

* Published 28/2/2018

**Data collected from 65 employers responding to the question - "Did you place any of your candidates in an ongoing position following the completion of their Achiever Placement?"

The information in this document is of a general nature only and is not, and is not intended to be, advice. Chartered Accountants ANZ does not expect or invite any person to act or rely on any statement, view or opinion expressed in this document. No warranty is given as to suitability of the Achiever programme for you. If you decide to participate in the Achiever programme, you should ensure that you read and understand the 2018 Achiever Programme Guidelines for Employers which you can find on

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