Apprenticeships & traineeships

Apprenticeships, traineeships and school-based traineeships are an excellent way to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a variety of exciting career paths. Apprenticeships combine work, study and training; letting you “earn while you learn”.

You will receive on the job mentoring by skilled professionals and teams and gain access to our great employee benefits, such as time off to attend study commitments.

We offer nationally recognised apprenticeships and traineeships in a variety of study areas throughout the year, including:

  • electrical
  • mechanical
  • carpentry
  • painting
  • horticulture
  • business administration

Current vacancies 

We advertise for apprenticeships, traineeships and school-based trainees from August to December each year. Keep an eye out for openings on our Current Vacancies page.  


Student work placement opportunities

We always aim to place our work experience students in their preferred team at Council, depending on availability.

Students applying for a placement should submit the following documents with your application:

  1. A submission which outlines your specific area of interest to gain experience or volunteer in
  2. The length of the placements and specific dates if available
  3. A copy of your school’s insurance details (i.e. a certificate of currency for insurance covering you for personal accident and injury while undertaking work experience at Council)

Please submit your completed application together with all relevant documentation to recruitment@cessnock.nsw.gov.au. Unfortunately we're unable to process applications submitted without completed documentation.