Pre-trade work experience

Brisbane City Council's Pre-trade Work Experience program provides high school students and those currently completing a pre-vocational training course with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a trade environment. Students completing pre-vocational training can be placed for up to 20 days each calendar year and high school students for up to 10 days (or longer if it is a mandatory and assessable component of their study).

Students who perform well during their placement may be considered for available apprenticeship positions.

Types of work experience

Council offers unpaid work experience in various trades, including:

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

Eligibility information

To apply for pre-trade work experience, you must:

  • be enrolled at high school or in a pre-vocational training course at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia.
  • have personal accident insurance and public liability insurance coverage provided by the educational establishment you are currently enrolled in (speak to your Vocational Education and Training, (VET) coordinator or careers advisor to confirm).

How to apply

Contact the career advisor at your school or RTO for help with your application and to confirm that personal insurance coverage can be provided during your work experience.

Email your trade of interest, availability dates and a resume to Council's Employment programs team

More information

For more information on Council's Pre-trade Work Experience program:

Last updated: 1 April 2021

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