Early careers

Saab Australia is a leading defence and security organisation specialising in complex systems integration. With more than three decades of experience delivering proven capabilities across multiple domains, their team of 1000 highly skilled employees provides solutions with purpose for customers in Australia and across the globe.
Innovators by nature, Saab continuously diversify their capabilities to include the most advanced technology. Their mission is to keep people and society safe, which is achieved through the delivery of unparalleled solutions, driven by leading research and development, and collaboration with industry and academia.

Enhancing Learning

DBL has been working with defence and security organisation Saab Australia (Saab) since 2018 to enhance the delivery of its graduate and leadership learning programmes.

Initially focusing on the enhancement of soft skills for graduates, the success of DBL’s early work resulted in the expansion of the partnership to provide ongoing development of Saab’s leadership programme.

DBL continues to work closely with Saab to enhance the delivery of its learning initiatives to ensure tangible results and a successful ongoing partnership.



Strengthen Saab’s learning pillars, focusing on soft skills and addressing deficits in existing leadership development initiatives.

Learners are at the third and final development phase of the grad programme. They are effectively operating within different business units and have acquired technical skills for their individual roles by the time they begin the third phase. ​

A wider development plan aims to incorporate the grads’ programme with a multi-tiered leadership programme for emerging managers.​



Scoping of learning needs: DBL worked closely with Saab to identify learning needs within the context of the development plan. This identified the essential skills required for learners to perform at higher levels. ​

Experiential activities: DBL used behavioural science to embed experiential activities that connect learners with learning objectives through engaging and uplifting activities.​

Building leadership capabilities: DBL created the tier development from graduate to leadership level by integrating the desired leadership traits at the programme’s core. The process was guided by Saab’s leadership framework. ​


Tangible results

Evolving Partnership: The success of the grad programme contributed to initiating a partnership to develop and continue to deliver the leadership development programme.​​

Work Related Challenges: During tier 2 of the leadership programme, learners identify real challenges and collaborate in teams to propose solutions based on their learnings during the programme. Saab has sponsored many solutions and initiated projects for their implementation. ​

Programme Agility: The programme proved to be agile in addressing the learning needs of learners since the start of the partnership. The original programme structure remains the same, and the contents have been adapting to changes in the business environment.​