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Entry Level Opportunities
The scale and diversity of the work we do means there are many ways to start a new career in Local Government.
We offer a range of programs for graduates, school leavers, school and university students and mature aged people to develop a new career path and make a real difference in your community.
Graduate positions are open to those who have recently completed university studies.
They are most common in areas such as planning, engineering, environmental health, human resources and project management.
As with any professional position, councils look out for graduates who possess great communication and people skills and show lots of initiative.
Visit our Jobs Board to see the Graduate positions available.
Cadetships are fixed-term programs that provide paid employment to professional staff while completing their university degrees.
They are a great way to gain practical experience while studying. The length of cadetships can vary according to the degree and whether study is full- or part-time.
Cadetships are most commonly offered in:
- Building surveying
- Finance and accounting
- Human resources
See the Cadetship opportunities available on our Jobs Board.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Start your career at council with one of the many apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities available.
Apprenticeships are a great way to get a trade qualification and work at the same time.
They usually take 3-4 years to complete and while a job may not be guaranteed at the end, most apprentices go on to be employed by councils or other businesses in the local area.
Apprenticeships are available to those leaving school, re-entering the workforce or adults looking at a career change. Students can even begin School-Based Apprenticeship while finishing high school.
There are over 120 apprenticeship qualifications available nationally, with choices varying in each state according to local need.
Here are some of the common apprenticeships found in local government, listed by Career Area:
Traineeships offer paid work and training, leading to a national qualification upon completion.
Traineeships usually take 1-2 years, depending on the level of the qualification. Traineeships are available in over 300 qualifications for outdoor and indoor (administrative and professional) Council staff.
There is a huge range of traineeships available in local government. These are just some of the traineeships you will find relevant in each Career Area in council:
MidCoast Council entry-level employment programs
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Apprenticeships and Traineeships with Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Work experience is a great way to gain hands-on knowledge.
It adds a valuable practical element to your studies, broadens your experience and vastly improves your employment opportunities.
Work experience enables you to work as part of a team, develop communication skills and build a strong work ethos – all qualities that potential employers will be looking for.
Most councils offer work experience to students from surrounding high schools or university students who need industry placement experience as part of their degrees.
Contact your local council for potential work experience opportunities.
Entry Level Opportunities
For more job vacancies, visit Jobs
Entry Level Stories
We chat to Lara about her career journey from event planning to building surveying in the beautiful Central West region of NSW. Read on to discover what inspired Lara’s change of direction, and what excites her the most about the future.