Trainee, Cadet and Work Experience Programs

1. Trainees and Cadets

Building surveyors at work on site

Your opportunity to earn and learn!

Our Trainee, Cadet and Work Experience programs give opportunities to gain valuable on-the-job experience and employability skills while undertaking relevant studies.

Cadets and trainees undertake their courses part-time while employed full-time. Time is provided during work hours to study and complete assessments. As part of the employment offer, Council pays 100% of course fees and costs associated with studies, including textbooks.

We offer trainee and cadetship programs in:

  • Horticulture and gardening
  • Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Community Development
  • Building surveying
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Town Planning
  • Journalism
  • Environmental Health
  • Plumbing

We currently have more than 20 active trainee and cadet positions. These positions are typically for a fixed period of time ranging from 2-6 years. This often depends on the length of study required for a particular qualification.

Trainee and cadet positions allow applicants to join in entry level positions and often do not require former professional or educational experience. If you are interested in applying for a trainee or cadet position, consider how your life experience, volunteering, or sports team involvement have developed your skills. Please access the guide attached to the job advertisement for more information.

If you have any questions regarding our exciting trainee and cadet opportunities please email or call (02) 6285 6376. 

2. Work Experience Program

QPRC Digital staff doing training
We provide unpaid work experience for people undertaking educational training at school, TAFE or university. Our work experience program provides practical on-the-job experiences while offering exposure to a diverse range of services, programs and facilities.

The number of placements available depends if the work area can provide effective on-the-job experience at a suitable time for both Council and the student.

Where there is high demand, preference is given to schools and institutions within the Queanbeyan-Palerang region, and students whose studies are most relevant.


To be eligible you must:

  • Be a current secondary school, vocational or tertiary student
  • Be required to complete relevant nominal hours of practical experience as part of your course
  • Have a specific work area in mind
  • Have a specific date period to undertake the placement
  • Be provided with insurance coverage (public liability coverage) by your educational institution for the duration of your work experience at Council

A copy of any required certification may also need to be supplied as evidence. This could include White Card or Working with Children Check (NSW version). We will confirm these requirements prior to placement.

All expressions of interest should be submitted with a minimum of four (4) weeks notice. 

Once you have submitted your expression of interest, our Learning and Development team will ensure student eligibility, and then assist in finding a suitable work area for the specified time period.

If you have require further information regarding work experience please contact Simone Greaves on (02) 6285 6076.