University graduates with a passion for and interest in agriculture are being offered the opportunity to begin their careers with Rabobank in Sale or other locations, with the opening of the specialist agribusiness bank’s 2024 graduate program.

Rabobank is offering places for graduates from around Australia to join the bank early next year, beginning with a formal 18-month graduate program beginning in February 2024.

Applications for the 2024 graduate program are now open.

The program is tailored to the graduate’s areas of interest. Rotations could be at any of the bank’s branches in Gippsland including Leongatha, Sale and Warragul branches, or the Melbourne branch.

The specialist food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank, is an agricultural lender and a major provider of business and corporate banking services to the country’s food and agribusiness sector.

Rabobank branch in Sale. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Rabobank Group Executive, Chief HR Officer Belinda Webber said the graduate program, which launched with its first cohort in 2023, offered an exciting opportunity for graduates to embark on meaningful career paths with a global agricultural leader and to work across – and gain skills, knowledge and experience with one of Australia’s leading agricultural and financial institutions.

The bank is seeking graduates for positions in a range of business areas, including rural banking, risk management, technology, operations, business transformation and people and culture.

Ms Webber said each graduate would spend time on rotation working across a range of areas within their chosen function as part of the program.

“These rotations are tailored for each graduate, enabling them to spend time across the bank’s operations, working with a wide range of teams, where they will learn from and gain experience in each of the areas,” she said.

“The program is designed to provide meaningful career development opportunities and to support the graduates to grow in their chosen areas of interest, as well as the chance to be part of Rabobank’s inclusive and flexible work culture.”

Ms Webber said as part of a global cooperative, Rabobank was committed to being “an organisation where our employees can make a meaningful contribution to our clients and local communities and the wider agricultural sector”.

To help accelerate the graduates’ career development, she said, each would be matched with a senior leader within the Rabobank business to act as their mentor throughout the program.

In addition, she said, there would be opportunities for regional and, potentially, international travel, including in Rabobank’s head office in The Netherlands for select graduates.

Ms Webber said since its launch, the graduate program was an excellent pathway to attract, develop and retain talented young people within the business.

Applications for the Rabobank Australian Graduate Program will close on August 29, with places offered to successful candidates in mid-October and commencing in February 2024.