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Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Work Experience

Council is committed to providing local opportunities within the region. You will have the opportunity to kickstart your career within a progressive local government organisation.

Central Highlands Regional Council are seeking driven, friendly, passionate, and confident individuals to join our team as an apprentice or trainee. You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across a variety of areas while being fully supported throughout your study.

We are currently recruiting:

Kick start your career with CHRC

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Benefits for council apprenticeships and traineeships include

  • Paid fixed-term employment for the duration of your course (apprentice and trainee wages apply)
  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • Hands-on experience within a diverse organisation
  • Qualification expenses covered
  • Uniforms and tools provided
  • Work/life balance with 9-day fortnight
  • Health and wellbeing programs
  • Dedicated apprentice and trainee support person
  • Supportive mentoring and coaching from experiences tradespersons and supervisors

To apply for an apprentice/traineeship with council you need to be

  • 15 years or older and no longer at school
  • Able to meet the citizen, residency, and Visa requirements to undertake a traineeship or apprenticeship; and
  • Not hold a qualification that is equal to or higher than the qualification in the same field as your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Some CHRC apprentice and trainee positions are made available with the assistance of government funding. These positions are subject to further eligibility requirements. Applicants from the following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Young people (Aged 15-24 years)
  • People with disability
  • Long-term unemployed job seekers
  • Displaced workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Women re-entering the workforce
  • Mature-age job seekers (45 years and older)
  • Veterans and ex-service personnel
  • Migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Application process

When applying for a position with CHRC you can gain a lot of information about the position by looking at the advertisement and viewing the position description provided. This will give you an outline of the responsibilities of the position and help you make the decision if the job is right for you.

Applications close at 8.00 am Monday 17 October 2022.

  1. If you are interested in a position apply online today.
  2. We will contact you via phone or email to advise if you have been selected to proceed to the next stage.
  3. The recruitment process begins.

For more information about apprenticeships and traineeships with council, please contact Marie White on 1300 242 686 or via email

Recruitment process

  1. Apply for the position, to be considered for the position make sure you include the requirements the advertisement is asking for
  2. You will be contacted and progressed through the listing process which may consist of multiple stages
  3. Pre-employment checks which may include pre-employment medical and functional assessment, references, rights to works and qualification checks
  4. If successful, you will be made a verbal offer explaining the detail of the package being offered.
  5. A formal offer will then follow with the expected start date

For more information about apprenticeships and traineeships with council, please contact Marie White on 1300 242 686 or via email

Work experience

DISCLAIMER: Due to COVID-19 we are not undertaking any work experience placements at the moment. We will update this page when we are back to our normal processes. 


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 15 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).

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 or phone Training and Development on 1300 242 686.

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