Construction industry apprenticeships

Council’s construction apprentices work in diverse roles in the electrical, carpentry, painting and decorating and engineering fields to help build and maintain Council assets. These essential roles help improve quality of life for Brisbane residents while ensuring our city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations. Construction apprentices also enjoy the benefits of working for Council.

Types of apprenticeships


There are two areas of Council that offer electrical apprenticeships. 

  • A Trade Services apprentice will be part of the construction, maintenance, testing and installation of Council’s electrical assets including buildings, libraries, parks and gardens, bikeway and footpath lighting. 
  • A Traffic Network apprentice will be part of the construction, maintenance, testing and communication of Council’s traffic signalisation network, installation of street lighting, CCTV, fibre optics and electronic messaging.


As an apprentice plumber you have the opportunity to install and maintain plumbing fittings and other associated works including pumps, irrigation and solar water heating systems.


As an apprentice carpenter you will be involved in cabinet making and joinery, concreting and tiling, maintenance of buildings, building fences and the maintenance of Council's heritage structures.

Painting and decorating

As a painting and decorating apprentice you will enhance Council's assets by applying paint finishes by brush and roller, matching specified paint colours, applying clear stains, and treating lead paint hazards.

Engineering (Fabrication)

As an engineering (fabrication) apprentice you will work at heights on jobs including the repair of bridges, structures and equipment (backhoes, skid steers, TAG trailers etc.) You will use skills such as welding, oxy and plasma cutting, pipe and steel sheet bending, guillotining, punching and drilling.

How to apply

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

Our bulk intake for apprenticeships is usually advertised in September each year. We may advertise apprentice roles 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 and 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.
Last updated: 8 May 2019