Brisbane City Council’s Apprenticeship program provides apprentices with the skills, training and experience to graduate as a qualified tradesperson. Not only with specific trade competencies, but as well-rounded employees capable of succeeding in their chosen industry.

Council provides excellent on-the-job training, as well as additional training to complement your technical ability. Training includes areas such as leadership, communication, negotiation, resilience, career management and mental health and wellbeing.

Applicants from the following groups are encouraged to apply:

  • young people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from a non-English speaking background
  • people with disability or impairment.

Types of apprenticeships

We employ a diverse range of trade apprentices across Brisbane and within various industries, including:

  • construction: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating, engineering (fabrication)
  • automotive: auto electrical, heavy vehicle mechanics, auto manufacturing, signage and graphics
  • horticulture: arboriculture, parks and gardens, sports turf management.

Benefits for Council apprentices

Council apprentices can enjoy benefits including:

  • competitive salaries including penalty rates where applicable
  • a nine-day fortnight
  • uniforms and all tools provided
  • 100% of training costs paid for by Council
  • ongoing training and career development in their trade
  • dedicated apprentice support person and mentor
  • opportunity to participate in the annual Lord Mayor's Apprentice of the Year Awards
  • work based in Brisbane.

How to apply

To stay up to date with apprenticeship opportunities, create an account and set up a job alert (located under Job Management).

Council's bulk intake for apprenticeships is usually advertised in September each year. Apprentice roles may be advertised at other times depending on business needs.

The recruitment process has a number of steps which may include:

  • application
  • online assessments
  • interview and/or assessment centre
  • reference checks
  • a medical.

Important eligibility information

You must be:

  • 15 years and over
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a person with a permanent residency visa, a temporary protection visa or a temporary residency visa.

More information

For more information about Council's Apprenticeship program, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 or email Council's employment programs team.

Last updated: 15 May 2019

Brisbane City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and their unique relationship with their ancestral country. We pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of Brisbane, and recognise their strength and wisdom.