Council traineeships open a world of opportunity
  • Wednesday 10 February 2016
Kyle Baxter

Sunshine Coast Council is offering a range of full-time entry level traineeships in the fields of horticulture, libraries and civil construction—and aspiring trainees are urged to act quickly before the February 14 deadline.

Manager of Human Resources Nick Sheehan said entry level traineeships provided successful applicants with a range of skills and experience gained from working in a vibrant local government environment.

“A full-time traineeship is for a period of 12 to 18 months, providing an opportunity for trainees to gain knowledge, practical skills and qualifications that will help them gain employment either with a council or the wider job market,” Mr Sheehan said.

“Traineeship placements are competitive and attract many applicants each year. To help applicants put their best foot forward, tips on how to apply are available on council’s website.”

Traineeship positions are advertised at the beginning of each year. Details about traineeships available in 2016 are advertised on council's current vacancies webpage.  

Council will recruit for these positions during February with traineeships expected to get underway in March.

Former trainee, Kyle Baxter, who now works as a Natural Areas Site Coordinator in Council’s Infrastructure Services’ Department, is living proof of the benefits of council’s traineeship program.

“I was seeking full time work in this field but needed more experience,” Kyle said.

“Completing a traineeship at Sunshine Coast Council opened a whole new world.  The structure of the traineeship was great, allowing me to gain experience across a range of different areas with some really great crews.

“I knew that it was a two-way street so I really threw myself into the job and learned as much as I could. 

“At the end of the traineeship, I not only had a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and a wealth of experience, I also had the confidence to apply for positions in council and ultimately land a job.”