Global Trainee Program

Global Trainee Program

New Graduate

Programs 2022

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Be a part of our evolution.

Vale is working towards strengthening and diversifying talent across its global operations.


In 2022, successful candidates for Vale’s New Graduate Programs will embark on a journey towards a meaningful career by enhancing their knowledge and building valuable skillsets to carve their path to becoming a future leader at one of the largest mining companies in the world.

Vale offers two pathways for trainees to join our New Graduate Programs: the Global Trainee Program and the Specialist Program.

Global Trainee Program Specialist Program Selection Process Testimonials FAQ

Global Trainee Program 2022

What to expect from the Global Trainee Program ?

If you are a natural leader that wants to build your professional career focusing on a broad perspective of global business strategy, this program is perfect for you.


Trainees will get hands-on experience to enhance their business skills: including project management, change management, and digital transformation. During their program, Trainees will work on important multidisciplinary projects for Vale, which will help them develop key leadership behaviours. By providing job rotations, this program allows recent graduates to gain a fulsome and integrated view of the business.

Education Requirement

Graduates from all areas of study who have graduated between May 2019 – 2022


Program Duration

18 months

Desired Attributes

  • Willingness to develop skills necessary for strategic and leadership positions;
  • Align with company culture and values;
  • Strategic vision;
  • Broad understanding of Vale’s business practices;
  • Digital mindset;
  • Willingness to relocate or travel; and
  • Advanced or fluent in English.

As a Global Trainee, this program will provide you with opportunities such as:

A customized development program;

Mentorship with managers;

Talking with the board of directors;

Participating in multidisciplinary projects;

Touring the underground mine sites (pending COVID restrictions.)

Specialist Program 2022

What to expect from the Specialist Program?

If you are a collaborative individual who is passionate about building your technical skillset with an aspiration to become a future leader in your area of expertise, then this is your path!


Throughout the program, Specialists will learn and enhance their technical knowledge and expertise. They will have opportunities to apply theory towards solving problems and developing solutions through on-the-job experience. Specialists will work on significant technical projects pertaining to Vale and the mining industry.

Education Requirement

Graduates with educational backgrounds in Engineering and Geology, who have graduated between May 2019 –2022.


Program Duration

12 – 48 months depending on previous relevant experience

Desired Attributes

  • Willingness to develop skills necessary for strategic and leadership positions;
  • Align with company culture and values;
  • Strategic vision;
  • Broad understanding of Vale’s business practices;
  • Digital mindset;
  • Willingness to relocate or travel; and
  • Advanced or fluent in English




As a specialist, this program will provide you with opportunities such as:

A customized development program;

Mentorship with managers;

Talking with leaders;

Participating in projects; and

Touring the underground mine sites (pending COVID restrictions.)

Selection Process

Check out our selection process schedule:



September and October

1

Application

In this first phase, we want to learn a little more about you. You as an applicant must complete a form answering questions about yourself, your studies, and your working preferences.

October and November

2

Evaluation

In this phase, you will learn more about Vale. You will need to solve business cases, answer questions regarding how you prefer to work and prove your ability to analyze and solve problems.

November

3

Interviews with managers

At this point, you will meet our HR team and hiring managers. You can use this opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program.

December

4

Results

At this time, you will find out if you have been accepted into any of the New Graduate Programs and will receive next steps on how to join our global team.

May 2022

5

Onboarding

Welcome to our journey of evolution at Vale!
Vale is an equal opportunity employer. Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held virtually.

Vale is an equal opportunity employer. Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held virtually.



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Testimonials

“My position as a Global Trainee with the Exploration team has truly been a fantastic, challenging and overall a fun experience. The Global Trainee program not only focuses on you gaining valuable work experience but also provides you with a path to develop and grow as a person. On my first day with Vale, I was brought into meetings with the Exploration team and was encouraged to share my thoughts and ideas and to engage in open and transparent dialogue. I’ve had the unique experience of being involved in project management for our exploration programs including pre-planning, logistics, contributing to the health and safety aspect of a program and overall running of several exploration programs – one of which involved working with a helicopter! The opportunity to join the Global Trainee program has truly been a remarkable experience. The program will test and challenge you in the best ways to develop your skills to make you successful in your future career.”

Jessica Rideout

Program of Study: Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences (Geology)

University: Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

“In my role as a Global Trainee with the Projects Department, the culture of open and transparent dialogue has enabled me to seamlessly transition into the company and have an immediate impact. The welcoming and encouraging environment removes many of the stresses faced by new graduates, like myself, as they begin their careers. Through the Global Trainee program, I have been provided with many opportunities to make new connections worldwide, accelerate my learning, and be immersed into my role. The atmosphere in the program encourages growth while providing a unique experience with a global leader in the mining sector.”

John St. Croix

Program of Study: Civil Engineering

University: Queen’s University

“There is something different…something magical that happens when people from very diverse backgrounds with a shared vision work together! This has been the feeling every time I interact with other Global Trainees during the several leadership development meetings held so far. It’s always intriguing to listen to my peers share their views on a Vale they envision and discuss possible ways of getting there as the company goes through transformation. We are currently in the mentoring phase of the journey and going by the first few sessions, I am certain that it will be an amazing experience! One filled with a lot of learning and reflection. Additionally, I happen to work with a very supportive and understanding team. I have received immense guidance and coaching from my teammates as I settle into my new role at the Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery.”

Lilian Valary Akinyi Malowa

Program: Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) Minor: Technological Entrepreneurship

University: McGill University

“As part of the Global Trainee Program in my first rotation in Mine Technical Services at Coleman Mine, I immediately felt welcomed by the team. I am very fortunate to be mentored by passionate group of leaders who value safety and risk management, active listening, and offer strong support for open and transparent dialogue. It is very exciting to be a part of a program that offers well-rounded experiences to boost my technical, professional, and personal skills.”

Mohamed Akl

Program of Study: Bachelor of Applied Sciences (B.A.Sc.), Mining Engineering

University attended: The University of British Columbia (UBC)

“I started looking for a job while I was in school. I was particularly looking for a program that would provide me with training and allow me to experience different aspects and branches of the business. Since I got the job, I have worked with Ground control, ventilation, mine planning, organizational change, leadership development and supervision.

Vale embraces a culture of open and transparent dialogue. I see this every day when my workers bring concerns and I immediately have to address them or bring them up to my direct manager or persons responsible. They always try to act as fast as possible.”

David Onalo

Program of Study:Process Engineering

University:Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Benefits

In addition to the opportunity for development and learning, the company offers excellent benefits, such as:

Market-competitive salary

Career advancement opportunities

Private pension plan

Group life insurance

Profit sharing

Medical and dental assistance

Pharmacy aid

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FAQ

How do I qualify for the Global Trainee Program? 

Candidates from all areas of studies, who have graduated between May 2019 to 2022 are qualified to apply to the Global Trainee Program.

How do I qualify for the Specialist Program? 

Candidates with backgrounds in Engineering and Geology, who have graduated between May 2019 to 2022 are qualified to apply to the Specialist Program.

What’s the difference between the Global Trainee Program and Specialist Program? 

The Global Trainee Program is targeted towards new grads looking to gain a full scope of the business and to become a leader whereas the Specialist Program aims to build technical leaders who may specialize in an area.

What does the application and interview process look like?

You must complete an application form about yourself, your studies, and your working preferences. This will be followed by an evaluation process, which includes completing a quiz and solving business cases. If you are selected to move on, you will be invited to an interview with the HR team and hiring managers. Please see the selection process above.

When do the applications open and close for the New Graduate Programs? 

Applications open on September 10, 2021 and close on October 26, 2021 at 12:00 a.m EST.

When will I know the status of my application?  

Applicants will receive updates about the status of their application throughout the recruitment process. Successful candidates will be notified in December 2021 and will start with the company in May 2022.

How long are the New Graduate Programs?

The duration of the Global Trainee Program is 18 months, starting in May 2022. The duration of the Specialist Program is between 12 to 48 months, starting in May 2022. The variation is based on the candidate’s previous experience and pathway.

What will I be doing in this program?    

Employees in the Global Trainee and Specialist Programs will participate in various job rotations. In some cases, they may have an opportunity to complete a rotation in a different department aligned with their interests and development needs. In addition, employees will get involved in various activities and projects to develop key leadership behaviours and technical skills.

Is this a full-time position? 

Yes, Global Trainees and Specialists are required to work full-time.

Is this a paid program? 

Yes, Vale offers a market-competitive salary to all Global Trainees and Specialists.

How has the work arrangements changed due to the pandemic? 

Positions which allow for remote work can be done from home. Some positions require on-site work. Vale has strict protocols in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including COVID-19 protocols.

Can I apply to more than one program? 

No, candidates can only apply to one program. However, candidates can indicate if they’d like to be considered for the other program in their application.

I have an engineering degree. Would my experience in the Global Trainee or Specialist Program count towards my P. Eng.? 

Yes, it counts towards your P. Eng.

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