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ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital consulting company with over 300 ‘ThoughtWorkers’ across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, has been recognised as the 2017 Best Graduate Employer in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers’ Annual Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards (the ‘AGRIAs’).

The awards, announced at last week’s AGRIAs Gala Dinner, recognise outstanding examples of excellence in the Australian graduate recruitment and development industry, and are determined by graduates participating in the 2017 AAGE Graduate Survey.

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement because our commitment to attracting and nurturing graduates is an ongoing focus for our business. We recognise the valuable contributions our graduates make every day – and many of our most inspiring and successful ThoughtWorkers first joined the company as graduates,” said Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks APAC.

“We have plans for a graduate intake of 35 in 2018 with at least 50 percent of those roles allocated to female technologists as part of our ongoing commitment to improving diversity and inclusivity within the industry.”

ThoughtWorks has a solid track record in best practice graduate recruitment and workplace diversity and inclusivity, including the following recognition in 2016-17:

  • Top Graduate Employers 2017 #1 Top Graduate Employer in Australia by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE)
  • 2017 Top100 Graduate Employers Top Graduate Employer (Small) AFR / GradConnection
  • Citation holder Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) WGEA
  • #2 Coolest Company for Diversity Job Advisor's Coolest Companies for 2016
  • #Tech Diversity Awards 2016 Business Leader Award
In the United States, ThoughtWorks was also recently named by AnitaB.org a winner of Top Companies for Women Technologists for the second consecutive year.

ThoughtWorks offers graduate roles across Software Development, Business Analysis, Testing and Experience Design in its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices. Since 2000, it has hired more than 160 graduates, including 29 in 2016.

59% of ThoughtWorks’ 2016 graduates were female and the company has consistently hired at least 50% female graduates every year since 2011, as part of its commitment to improving diversity in the local technology industry.

Graduate ThoughtWorkers have the unique opportunity to attend ThoughtWorks University – a five-week experience in India or China that enables them to connect with colleagues from around the world and gain an intimate understanding of the business and its broader purpose. Last year 324 graduates attended ThoughtWorks University and in 2017 that will increase to 444.

According to Ben Reeves, Chief Executive Officer, AAGE, "The AAGE conducts an annual survey of graduates in their first year of employment to collect feedback on their experiences with their new employer. The survey results are then used to produce a list of the employers with the best graduate programs. What makes our list unique is that it is based on feedback gathered from real graduates who are actually working at the employers concerned.

“This annual list of the top graduate employers serves as a valuable resource for students, employers, university career services, professional associations and suppliers to the graduate recruitment industry.

“University career services are also encouraged to direct students to the list as part of job hunting activities to help them learn more about the top employers in Australia.”

What Grads Love Most About ThoughtWorks…

“Amazing support from every person in the company. Everyone is very involved and keen to set aside time to help with any questions or problems. I have already been placed on a few different projects working with other more experienced colleagues which has lent itself to faster learning yet also been put in lead positions where I am responsible for the design of a project which makes me feel trusted and in a position to rise to the challenge, which I’ve loved.”

“Great culture, plenty of different outside of work things to get involved with, ability to work overseas, self-driven development.”

“Amazing people, being trusted, having freedom, great benefits including impressive maternity leave, you are a person not a resource/number, company reputation, interesting and fun events often, informal….the list goes on.”

“Immediate relevant on the job work experience, initially starting in a shadowing position and then quickly becoming billable. Excellent support and development offered. Clients with similar values. Friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.”

For further information about the AGRIAs, visit https://www.agrias.com.au/

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