Graduate/Cadetship Program

Who is Icon?

Bringing together more than 150 years of experience, Icon Co and Cockram Construction merged in 2019 to form one entity – Icon.

This merger has created an organisation with an unrivalled ability to deliver a fully diversified range of construction services and scale of projects. We’re able to deliver projects of any size, any scale, anywhere.

We are now one of the largest construction providers in the country, currently delivering over 85 projects ranging in size from $0.5 million to $400 million, and with annual revenue in the vicinity of $1.7 billion.

With over 800 employees, and offices located across Australia and New Zealand, diverse opportunities across a broad range of sectors and regions, are available across our locations.

Our success has been underpinned by the professionalism and talent of our team, the safe delivery of our projects, and our strong relationships with our clients.

What makes us unique?

We’re an Australian contractor who is also proudly part of the Kajima Corporation, a Japanese construction powerhouse with 180 years’ experience and over 17,000 employees across 20 countries.

Kajima, one of the largest construction companies in the world, with an annual revenue of $25 billion and market capitalisation exceeding $11 billion, provides us with the financial and technical backing to drive our future growth.

With a global track record of investing in high performance businesses and retaining and working with the local management to successfully help them grow their businesses, Kajima’s involvement provides us with the financial resources and technical expertise to expand, both locally and internationally.

Supported by Kajima’s global networks and operations, we have further strengthened our capabilities and expertise, offering career opportunities across Asia Pacific and the United States, allowing us to confidently offer project solutions anywhere in the world

This financial strength is what distinguishes us within the construction industry.

What makes Icon different?

Our subsidiary companies further reinforce our diverse range of operations and career opportunities.


While benefiting from both Kajima and Icon’s expertise, financial capacity and corporate strength, Minicon is an autonomous construction company focusing on boutique, high quality projects ranging in value between $5m – $40m, from simple commercial spaces to high-end luxury apartments.

A small, nimble company, with a great culture, offering opportunities to collaborate closely with clientele, designers and contractors who love what they do and are proud to be able to do it.


Barpa is a standalone, majority Indigenous owned and operated Construction company.

A joint partnership with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Icon, this partnership builds on the strengths of the two entities, offering an Indigenous solution for capital works projects across Australia, leveraging the depth and capabilities of Icon and the Federation’s connection to, and respect for, First Nations nationally.

With offices located across Australia, Barpa has a national coverage, offering full construction capability and opportunities to work in regional and remote Australian locations.

Barpa is committed to empowering Indigenous people and businesses through building Australian Infrastructure.

What's Icon like?

With a reputation as a construction contractor that cares about and delivers on the safety, quality, professionalism, and development of our people, we are focused on attracting the highest calibre of professionals to our organisation.

We believe our people are our greatest asset and we pride ourselves on the strong retention of our talented people.

We achieve this through strong leadership, empowering our people, and supporting their ongoing development.

We are committed to providing exciting opportunities and career path progression through our training and development programs.

We offer flexible and inclusive working environments, unique and inspiring career opportunities and a range of additional employee benefits.

We will continue to invest in building a high-performance culture to deliver quality results.

What type of graduates/cadets should apply?

Whether you have just embarked on your University studies, are in your final years or have just finished your degree(s) we want to hear from you!

We’re interested in candidates that are currently studying toward or have just completed a Degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or similar.

The successful applicants must have an exceptional attitude toward learning, be able take instruction well along with impressive written and verbal communication skills.

To be eligible for the Program you need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident or have at the time of application, an unrestricted visa which enables you to work in Australia.

Future Leaders

The Icon Graduate/Cadet Program will provide you with unparalleled training that will enhance your career in the highly challenging and rewarding construction industry.

We’ve designed our program to give remarkable candidates like you the knowledge and training you’ll need to stand out as a future leader at Icon.

Right from the start, you’ll embark on a comprehensive programme that systematically exposes you to all areas of the organisation.

Graduate/Cadetship Program Outline

Participating in the Program, you will learn about our business and our people, as well as the broader construction industry, developing an understanding of how our teams operate and how they successfully execute complex and challenging projects.

The key objectives of the Program are:

  • to train Graduates/Cadets to be the future leaders of the company, exposing you to all facets of the company from Estimating to Project Completion
  • to provide a balance between work, study and home life; and
  • to provide options and career paths for progression at the completion of the Program.

To achieve these objectives, you will be placed in a broad range of roles to ensure you gain comprehensive exposure to the entire construction process.

These roles will include:

  • Estimating and Tendering
  • Design Management
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Quality Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Site Supervision
  • Project Delivery

What benefits does Icon offer?

In addition to a structured training program and a great working environment, benefits include:

  • Extra Annual Leave: additional time off to allow you to better balance your work and life commitments
  • Community 2Day program: paid volunteering days provided each year to help you support a local charity or community group of your choice
  • Work Life Balance Days: paid days off during the year
  • Site visits and graduate meetings
  • Regular social and sporting events
  • Generous paid Parental Leave benefits
  • A continuing focus on your career development
  • A competitive starting salary

How to apply

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