Career Development

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Western Downs Regional Council is committed to the professional development of its people.  The various career development initiatives offer a variety of pathways for employees and community members.   

You can find out more about these initiatives, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships, Cadetships, Graduate Program, Bursaries and Work Experience, on the following pages. 

Trainees and Apprentices | Kickstart

A traineeship or apprenticeship with Western Downs Regional Council is the perfect way to Kickstart your Career, but don't take our word for it! Hear from some of our current and past apprentices and trainees about their experiences working with Council.  

Kickstart Career Program Expression of Interest Form


Alex Bjorkman | Past Trainee


Sebastian Curtis | Disability Trainee

Council is committed to providing local opportunities to kickstart careers in our region as part of its Early Career Program, equipping our region's future generations with job-ready skills and qualifications.

WDRC provides a number of new traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities across the region throughout the year with vacancies advertised on Council's website and Facebook page.

We are looking for driven, friendly, passionate, and confident individuals, with a can-do attitude to join our team as a Trainee or Apprentice. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across a variety of areas while being fully supported throughout your study.

What to Expect from a Council Traineeship

  • Paid fixed-term employment for the duration of your course (Apprentice & Trainee wages apply)
  • Nationally-recognised qualification
  • Hands-on experience within a diverse organisation
  • Online and face-to-face training with a registered training provider
  • Experienced supervisors to coach, mentor, and assist you to be successful
  • Supportive work environment
  • Up to 3 internal department rotations (Business Trainees only), information sessions, and tours of Council facilities to better understand our business
  • Industry work experience with a private business located in your community


If you’re thinking of becoming a technical professional like an engineer, a cadetship is a terrific way to gain work experience while you train, with the extra bonus of having a guaranteed job when you finish.

Who can apply?

If you’ve recently completed Year 12 or are interested in attending university, you can apply and gain work experience whilst studying part-time for an appropriate tertiary qualification in the relevant field.

How long is a cadetship?

Depending on which course you do, they usually last three to four years.

What qualifications do I finish with?

A cadetship suits those planning on undertaking an Associate Degree level.

Do I have to pay for my course fees?

You are initially required to pay each semester’s fees up front. However, should you successfully complete each unit, you will be eligible for reimbursement of your fees.

Will I be employed permanently at Council when I finish?

You may have the opportunity to be employed permanently with Council upon successfully completing your Cadetship.

Cadets are also encouraged to apply for other vacancies at Council.

What's the benefit of doing a cadetship rather than full-time study at university?

You gain on-the-job experience through full-time work while you complete part-time study, culminating in the opportunity to be employed permanently with Council upon successfully completing your Cadetship.

When available, these opportunities will be advertised on the Current Vacancies page.


Being employed as a graduate is a superb way to get some real-world experience after completing full-time study.

Who can apply?

Those who have graduated with at least a bachelor degree from university.

How long is the graduate program?

Depending on which section you work with, between one and two years, full-time contract.

Will I be employed permanently at Council when I finish?

There is no guaranteed employment with Council when you finish your graduate program.

What's the benefit of being a graduate at Council?

It’s a great way to start your professional career by getting exposure to the full-time work environment while getting experience to back-up your degree.

The graduate program is run once per year. When available, these opportunities will be advertised on the Current Vacancies page.

For further information contact the Learning and Development team at Council.


Work Experience

Work experience is available to those who are studying within educational institutions or linked with a job placement organisation.

Some compulsory minimum qualifications do apply before placement within certain programs (depending on type of work experience):

  • General construction safety (White) card
  • Working With Children (Blue) card
  • Car licence
  • Supply of own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

School students wishing to arrange a work experience placement are encouraged to discuss their work experience options with the school.

If you would like to express an interest in work experience, please complete a Request Work Experience Form and send to

Request Work Experience Form

Community Spirit Bursary Students

Western Downs Regional Councils (WDRC) Community Spirit Bursary provide students with financial assistance of $1,000 towards their chosen field of study and the opportunity to return to the region during university breaks to undertake paid work placement within Council.

The paid work placement opportunities expose students to the diverse career opportunities and work areas available within Council and, in many instances, provide hands-on experience to complement their area of study.


Community Spirit Bursary Guidelines

  • 1 x Community Spirit Bursary to be awarded per regional high school to a graduating grade 12 ATAR eligible student and presented at Awards Night.
  • Eligible student to be selected by the principal from each school based on the following criteria:
    • Applied commitment to learning and growth
    • Academic performance
    • Contribution to the community
    • Contribution / participation of overall school involvement
    • ATAR eligible
  • One off payment of $1,000 paid to the successful student.
  • Opportunity of paid work experience with Council over University holiday periods. (Student to apply to Council in writing / email for work experience placement.)
  • Successful student is encouraged to attend University within 2 years of receiving notification of Bursary.
  • Notification of successful student to be supplied to Council 2 weeks prior to awards night.

What areas of work are available?

Students have the option to work at Council during university semester breaks in a team that aligns to their area of study or supports future career development. This is a great way to gain some industry experience while studying full-time.

Will students be employed with Council when they finish their qualification?

No, however students have the opportunity to gain on the job experience during semester breaks.

Community Spirit Bursaries are announced at the end of each schooling year.

For further information, contact the Organisational Development Team at Council.