Annual Traineeship Program

Waratah-Wynyard Council will run a recruitment drive for the Annual Traineeship Program each year commencing in September.

Council’s Annual 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.

Waratah-Wynyard Council will host trainees for up to three (3) years. Although other opportunities for other fields may become available, we will recruit a trainee in the following fields each year:

  • Civil Works
  • Parks & Reserves
  • Children’s Services

Benefits for Council trainees

Council trainees can enjoy benefits including:

  • Competitive conditions of employment
  • Work/Life Balance and Flexibility
  • 100% of training costs paid for by Council
  • Ongoing training and career development opportunities
  • Support and mentorship from previous trainees

Waratah-Wynyard Council is passionate about providing equal employment opportunities by valuing equity, diversity and inclusion to the benefit of all. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds with the right to live and work in Australia.

How to apply

Trainee roles may be advertised at different times of the year depending on business needs. But will primarily happen in September each year.

Keep an eye on our vacancies on the Current Vacancies page on our website.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • A detailed response to each of the Selection Criteria;
  • A cover letter, providing a brief introduction and outlining your interest and motivation in applying for the traineeship; and
  • A detailed resume outlining work experience and qualifications including two referees.

Eligibility information

To apply for a traineeship with Council, you must be:

  • 16 years or older
  • Hold a Driver License (Learners Permit acceptable)
  • Able to meet citizen, residency and visa requirements to undertake a traineeship


The recruitment process has a number of steps which includes:

Your Application

You must submit an updated resume outlining previous experience and education, cover letter outlining why you are applying for the role and address the selection criteria available on Councils website.


When applications are closed, the applications will be reviewed by Council’s People & Safety team as well as the managers in the relevant department and they will choose which candidates are successful for an interview. The candidates who were not shortlisted will get emailed letting them know they have been unsuccessful.


If you are a successful candidate, you will be invited to attend an interview. You will be contacted by phone to confirm relevant details. The interview will consist of a panel of a minimum of two employees, who will ask a series of questions based on the selection criteria which assists us to determine if you are the right fit for the role. 

Pre-employment Checks

All positions with Council are subject to standard pre-employment checks such as reference checks, pre-employment health assessments (including drug & alcohol tests) and National Criminal History Checks. 

Offer of Employment

The successful candidate will be issued a Letter of Offer and Position Description. Once the position has been accepted, the People & Safety team will provide the candidate with a New Employee Pack which includes documents that will need to be completed and returned prior to commencing. All other interviewed applicants will be notified of the selection decision.


Before the first day, the Trainee will be sent links to Councils online induction to complete. This will be followed up with an on-site induction on the first day.

Training Contract Sign Up

Prior to starting or within your first week, you will meet with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider who will sign you up in your course, so you are able to undergo your training as soon as possible.

Contact us today to launch your successful career

For further information on how to apply please visit: How to apply

For further information on the benefits of working at Council to apply please visit: Working at Council

Please contact our People & Safety team on (03) 6443 8333 for further information or assistance.


Download a copy of the Annual Traineeship Program Brochure.