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BHP Billiton: Let the journey begin

Let the journey begin

This Case Study discusses BHP Billiton's graduate recruitment program, with a focus on organisational culture, leadership, business skills and diversity. It explains how graduates are introduced to the world of work and the importance of ongoing training an development to an organisation

As a result of reading this Case Study, students should be able to:

  • Discuss how shared company values aids business performance and company objectives
  • Understand the role of leadership and different management styles
  • Recognise the importance of ongoing training and development in both traditional and non-traditional formats


BHP Billiton is the world’s largest diversified resources company with 41,000 employees working in over 100 operations in 25 countries.


For most of the participants in the Foundations for Graduates program, working at BHP Billiton will be their first step into full-time employment.


The second year of the Foundations for Graduates program concentrates on increasing Graduates' business effectiveness.

Effective learning and partnerships

BHP Billiton Graduates will spend most of their time learning 'on the job' - working as part of the BHP Billiton workforce using the skills they learnt at university - with the support and mentoring of other members of their teams and their allocated supervisor.

Diversity at BHP Billiton

With operations in more than 25 countries, BHP Billiton employees represent a wide variety of cultures.


BHP Billiton's Foundations for Graduates program is an important part of the organisation's human resources plan.


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Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Developing organisational culture
  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Business Environment | Types of large organisations
  • Careers | Career training and development
  • Careers | Graduate programs
  • Human Resource Management | Diversity management
  • Human Resource Management | Mission and objectives
  • Human Resource Management | Recruitment and selection
  • Human Resource Management | Training and development systems and programs
  • Management Skills | Managing in a team environment
  • Management Skills | Role of leadership
  • Management Styles | Effective styles in management situations
  • Management and ICT | Managing technological change in the workplace
  • Management and ICT | The impact of technology on business
From: Edition 5

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