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Trainees & Apprentices

Our trainee and apprenticeship programs are a great way to kick-start a fulfilling career and secure a pathway into our large and diverse workforce.

We provide a structured apprenticeship/traineeship program providing invaluable on the job experience paired with a nurturing learning environment to support your journey to obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.

In collaboration with Registered Training Organisations you will grow your knowledge base and expand your practical skill set to a national standard, that will be transferable throughout local government in Australia.

  • Benefits

    As an apprentice or trainee, you will be taking advantage of:

    • structured training set to a national standard.
    • learning a trade/skills and gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid.
    • qualification expenses covered
    • subsidised travel related expenses if required
    • tool allowance subsidies available for prescribed trades
    • supplied safety uniform and/or personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • supportive mentoring and coaching from experienced tradespersons and supervisors.
    • comprehensive induction program.
    • access to the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Current Opportunities

    To find out about current traineeship and apprenticeship openings check our current vacancies.

  • Entry Conditions

    The minimum age for entry into apprenticeships or traineeships is generally limited to candidates who are 16 years of age or have completed Year 10 schooling, and are an Australian resident or hold an appropriate visa.

    You can apply for an apprenticeship and traineeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage females, mature aged and Indigenous candidates to apply.

    Each year we employ a number of new apprentices and trainees who demonstrate:

    • mature/responsible attitude
    • good work ethic
    • self-motivation
    • willingness to commit to structured training
    • solid communication skills
    • ability to work in a team based environment
    • willingness to learn new skills
    • ability to accept direction
    • ‘can do’ attitude towards work
    • attention to detail
  • Application Process
    1. Positions are posted on our current vacancies page when they become available and approximately September each year.
    2. If you are interested in a position complete an online application, through the current vacancies page
    3. Contact you via phone, email or letter to advise if you have been selected to proceed to the next stage
    4. The recruitment process begins.
  • Recruitment Process

    New apprentices and trainees commence in January. The stages of the process are:

    1. You will be invited to attend a one-on-one interview.
    2. In the interview you will be asked for examples that demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experiences.
    3. If successful at your interview, further assessment is required such as a pre-employment medical.
    4. References you have provided in your application will be checked.
    5. If successful, you will be made a verbal offer explaining in detail the package being offered.
    6. If you verbally accept the offer, you’ll receive a formal letter of offer. This must be signed and returned to us to confirm your employment

As an apprentice or trainee, you will be taking advantage of:

  • structured training set to a national standard.
  • learning a trade/skills and gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid.
  • qualification expenses covered
  • subsidised travel related expenses if required
  • tool allowance subsidies available for prescribed trades
  • supplied safety uniform and/or personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • supportive mentoring and coaching from experienced tradespersons and supervisors.
  • comprehensive induction program.
  • access to the Employee Assistance Program.

To find out about current traineeship and apprenticeship openings check our current vacancies.

The minimum age for entry into apprenticeships or traineeships is generally limited to candidates who are 16 years of age or have completed Year 10 schooling, and are an Australian resident or hold an appropriate visa.

You can apply for an apprenticeship and traineeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage females, mature aged and Indigenous candidates to apply.

Each year we employ a number of new apprentices and trainees who demonstrate:

  • mature/responsible attitude
  • good work ethic
  • self-motivation
  • willingness to commit to structured training
  • solid communication skills
  • ability to work in a team based environment
  • willingness to learn new skills
  • ability to accept direction
  • ‘can do’ attitude towards work
  • attention to detail
  1. Positions are posted on our current vacancies page when they become available and approximately September each year.
  2. If you are interested in a position complete an online application, through the current vacancies page
  3. Contact you via phone, email or letter to advise if you have been selected to proceed to the next stage
  4. The recruitment process begins.

New apprentices and trainees commence in January. The stages of the process are:

  1. You will be invited to attend a one-on-one interview.
  2. In the interview you will be asked for examples that demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experiences.
  3. If successful at your interview, further assessment is required such as a pre-employment medical.
  4. References you have provided in your application will be checked.
  5. If successful, you will be made a verbal offer explaining in detail the package being offered.
  6. If you verbally accept the offer, you’ll receive a formal letter of offer. This must be signed and returned to us to confirm your employment

Work Experience

Central Highlands Regional Council recognises that work experience is an important part of student’s development. We aim to enable high school students to experience the dynamic area of Local Government, gaining valuable insights into their chosen field of study while contributing to part of their curriculum through unpaid work experience. To be eligible for a work experience placement you must be a secondary school student who is at least 14 years old.

The number of work experience placements available with Council depends on the ability of the work area to provide effective on-the-job experience at a time suitable for both the branch and the student – (a minimum of 4 weeks lead time would be ideal).

If you are interested in undertaking work experience with Council please complete the online student interest form.

Please note: You will be required to speak with your schools work experience coordinator regarding a placement prior to completing our online form.

For further information, please email recruitment@chrc.qld.gov.au or phone Human Resources on 1300 242 686.

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