Apprentices and Trainees

Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a structured training arrangement usually of three and a half or four years duration. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Apprenticeships can be full-time or school based. School-based apprenticeships combine schooling with part-time on-the-job training and formal study to achieve a Nationally-Recognised Qualification.

Council’s Apprenticeship program provides Apprentices with the skills, training and experience to graduate as a qualified tradesperson. Not only with specific trade competencies, but as well-rounded employees capable of succeeding in their chosen industry.

Council provides excellent additional training to complement an apprentice’s technical ability. Training includes areas such as leadership, communication, negotiation, resilience, career management, mental health and wellbeing.

Apprenticeships offered include:

Council employs a diverse range of trade apprentices across the region and within various industries, including but not limited to:

  • Construction: electricians, plumbers, carpenters
  • Automotive: fitters and turners, diesel fitters, mechanics
  • Horticulture: arboriculture, parks and gardens, conservation and land management

Benefits to Apprentices

  • Competitive salaries including penalty rates (where applicable)
  • 19 day month or 9 day fortnight working arrangements
  • Uniforms and PPE supplied
  • Training costs paid for by Council
  • Ongoing training and career development opportunities
  • Apprentice mentor and support opportunities

Traineeships

Traineeships can be full-time or school based. School-based Traineeships combine schooling with part-time on-the-job training and formal study to achieve a Nationally-Recognised Qualification. School-based Traineeships are employment based training arrangements intended for students in years 10, 11, or 12. They are typically 18 months to two years in duration. School-based Traineeships include a minimum paid work requirement of 375 hours (50 days) per 12-month period.

Council’s Traineeship program provides Trainees with the skills, training and experience to kick start their chosen career. Upon completion of the program, Trainees will have a nationally recognised qualification and the opportunity to apply for roles within Council and other organisations.

Traineeships offered include:

  • Arts and Theatre
  • Business
  • Civil Construction
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Horticulture
  • Logistics and Warehousing

Benefits to trainees

  • Competitive salaries
  • 100% of training costs paid for by Council
  • Ongoing training and career development opportunities
  • Dedicated trainee support and opportunity to engage with a mentor.

Eligibility

All Apprentices and Trainees must be:

  • 15 years and over; and
  • an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or hold a permanent residency visa or temporary residency visa.

Apply

Council will recruit for Apprentice and Trainee positions when business and operational needs arise.  All positions will be advertised on Council’s eRecruitment page.

The selection process may involve:

  • Written application
  • Interviews
  • Reference checks
  • Pre-employment medical (including drug and alcohol testing)

For enquiries, contact Council's Human Resources team by email learning@cairns.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated: 23 June 2020