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Toowoomba Regional Council
Telephone: (07) 4688 6611
153 Herries Street,
Toowoomba QLD 4350


Trainee & Apprentice Programs
Our apprenticeship and traineeship programs are a great way to kick-start your career and secure a pathway into our large and diverse workforce. We provide a structured apprenticeship or traineeship process, supported by block theory components through local TAFE colleges or registered training organisations. By combining paid work and training, you will learn some of the practical skills that we require of our team and gain nationally recognised qualifications along the way.

Positions can be located at any one of our service centres so please consider your ability to get to and from work.

As an apprentice or trainee, you will be taking advantage of:
   structured off-site training.
   learning a trade/skills and gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid.
   paid college fees and travel related expenses.
   fully equipped toolkits for apprentices.
   supplied safety uniform and/or personal protective equipment (PPE).
   supportive mentoring and coaching from experienced tradespersons and supervisors.
   comprehensive induction program.
   access to the Employee Assistance Program.

The minimum age for entry into apprenticeships or traineeships is generally limited to candidates who are 16 years of age or have completed Year 10 schooling, and are an Australian resident or hold an appropriate visa. You can apply for an apprenticeship and traineeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage females, mature aged and Indigenous candidates to apply.

Each year we employ a number of new apprentices and trainees who demonstrate:
   mature/responsible attitude
   good work ethic
   willingness to commit to structured training
   solid communication skills
   ability to work in a team based environment
   willingness to learn new skills
   ability to accept direction
   'can do’ attitude towards work
   attention to detail.

The application process
   Positions are posted on our current vacancies website when they become available and around August/September each year.
   If you are interested in a position complete an online application, through the current vacancies website.
   We contact you via phone, email or letter to advise if you have been selected to proceed to the next stage
   The recruitment process begins.

The recruitment process
New apprentices and trainees usually start in early January. The stages in the process are:

   You will be invited to attend a one-on-one interview.
   In the interview you will be asked for examples that demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experiences.
   If successful at your interview, further assessment is required such as a pre-employment medical.
   References you have provided in your application will be checked.
   If successful, you will be made a verbal offer explaining in detail the package being offered.
   If you verbally accept the offer, you'll receive a formal letter of offer. This must be signed and returned to us to confirm your employment.

Across our region, over 600 volunteers give their time and energy to Toowoomba Regional Council’s volunteer programs. We value the positive and extensive contributions volunteers make to our community and have a number of opportunities available for community members between 12–90 years of age:
   Visitor Information Centres
   Art Galleries
   Museums & Heritage Sites
   Parks & Recreation
   Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
   Advisory Committees
   Civic Event Working Groups
   Regional Youth Leaders

For more information on our volunteer programs, please visit:

You are welcome to express your interest to work with any of our programs at any time regardless of whether vacancies are being advertised. You can apply online or request an Expression of Interest form.

Youth Programs
Toowoomba Regional Council delivers a number of programs that encourage young people to participate and be involved in our community. These opportunities are delivered under the Youth Connect and Youth Leaders Programs. Council also provides an information advice and referral service for young people who are in need of assistance but don’t know who to ask.

Youth Connect
Stuck for things to do? Free programs and events are happening around the Toowoomba Region delivered by Youth Connect!

Youth Connect is a program delivery service created by Toowoomba Regional Council’s Youth Team. It is a program designed to target your needs, the needs identified by young people like yourself!

The Youth Connect program works with young people in our region and delivers classes, programs and events. Where possible, events are provided free of charge and include a wide range of activities such as: skateboarding, art, music, pool parties, basketball and more. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest details including times, locations and updates on our events and other community activities. Alternatively each of our events can be found on the Events register

Check out the following pages for events or programs coming to your local town!

Events Register:
Youth Leaders
The Youth Leaders Program is a volunteer platform developed to provide an opportunity for young people aged 14-24 to be involved in local government. This program allows youth from across the region to learn about local communities and groups, local events, activities and services available for young people. The Youth Leaders are also be provided with opportunities to learn our processes and the role of local governments, as well as encouraging them to have a say and assist in developing ideas that will benefit not only the young people of the region but the wider community.

The Youth Leaders play an important role in ensuring our programs are relevant and meet the needs of local youth and that promotions are reaching as many young people as possible. Youth Leaders are required to identify and share information on community issues and opportunities for young people to connect to events, programs and local service providers.

Applications for the 2021 Youth Leaders Program will open in July 2020. For more information contact

Youth Support and Online Contact Service

Toowoomba Regional Council is funded to deliver a youth support service for the young people of our region. The Youth Support access service is a free service for all young people aged between 10 to 18. The service provides:

   young people and their families with information on available services and resources
   an initial needs assessment to identify how to assist young people that may require help with presenting issues
   assistance with referrals and advocacy, to assist young people to access relevant mainstream and specialist services - e.g. drug and alcohol, education, mental health and homelessness services
   identification of the most appropriate assistance available in accordance with a young person’s level of need and circumstances
   assistance providing practical support until the appropriate referral is completed.

For more information or to gain access to the Youth Support access service, please contact us via email  or phone 131 872.

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