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Apprenticeships and traineeships

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We partner with Programmed to host fulltime apprentices and trainees

As a major employer in the region we recognise the importance of supporting people through apprenticeships.

Council looks for new apprentices around October and November each year.

Roles may include:

  • electricians and carpenters
  • welders and fabricators
  • arborists and landscapers
  • mechanics and engineers
  • administrators and IT support

What experience or education do I need?

You must have successfully completed Year 10 or equivalent TAFE studies.

What’s involved in an apprenticeship at Council?

You will be mentored and trained by trade qualified Council staff. As well as on-the-job training, most trade apprentices also attend TAFE.

TAFE fees are paid for you and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and uniforms are provided.

Will I have a job at the end of my apprenticeship?

Employment at Council is not guaranteed at the end of your apprenticeship. You can apply for any advertised positions that become available.

Work experience

Note: Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) all work experience and work placements are on hold until further notice. Contact us if you have any questions.

Work experience applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Questions about
work experience?

Email us or call 02 6670 2613 during office hours.

There is high demand for placements.

Priority is given to students who live or study in the Tweed.

Work experience:

  • Unpaid work
  • 1-2 weeks
  • Linked to a course of study (senior high school, TAFE or university students)

Work placements:

  • Paid work (based on study level)
  • Often a university course requirement
  • Length of time is set by course requirements
  • Very limited placements available (field-based placements are not available)

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Council does not have a graduate recruitment program.


From time to time there are paid cadetship opportunities at Council.

Roles may include:

  • town planners
  • surveyors
  • traffic engineers
  • civil engineering designers
  • spatial analysts

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