Traineeships and Work Experience

Traineeships and Work Experience

Combining on-the-job experience and study towards a nationally recognised qualification, our Annual Traineeship Program offers over 50 positions in Children’s Services, Business Administration and Information Technology.

Business Administration

Our Business Administration traineeships are offered in a range of departments at Council. You’ll take care of general office duties and tasks specific to the department while studying a Certificate III in Business Administration once a month at Nepean TAFE.

Traineeships are offered in a range of areas each year, including Human Resources, Finance, Communications and Marketing, Major Projects, Asset Management and City Planning.

Information Technology

Our Information Technology department provides PC support to hundreds of Civic Centre and off-site Council staff. You’ll develop communication and diagnostic skills, whilst studying a TAFE Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology and gaining on-the-job IT experience.

Children’s Services

You’ll work in one of our quality local Children’s Services Centres and attend formal training with TAFE to gain a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. You will gain hands on experience in a demanding but very rewarding career path.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeships

Each year, we offer a number of positions within our traineeship program to applicants who identify of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background.

Traineeships will be offered to people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background – exemption granted under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Professional Specialist Traineeships

Council offers a range of Professional Specialist traineeships in areas including Engineering, Legal, Planning and Library Services to applicants studying in their field.

Employed for the length of their degree, successful applicants have access to a range of study leave options to balance study and full-time employment. In addition, all your university fees are paid for, under Council’s Educational Assistance Policy.

How to apply

Applications closed on Sunday 28 October 2018.

For further information about the position please contact Robyn Fox on 4732 7596.

Our work experience program offers experience in a 'real-life' work environment for students (Years 10-12, TAFE, University or College). Due to the huge number of requests Council receives for work experience, our program is aimed at students currently studying only. The program offers unpaid developmental opportunities for students studying in a chosen field relevant to the work of Council. Options include:

  • Building Approvals/Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Children’s Services
  • Civil Construction
  • Environmental Health
  • Events
  • Finance (unavailable between June and September)
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Management (Records)
  • Library
  • Metals/Mechanics
  • Town Planning

Placements depend on the host department's requirements and availability at a given time. Work placements are limited to 1 week in most areas, however if it is a course requirement for set hours please contact our Work Experience Coordinator. Please note we cannot guarantee any work placements. If we are unable to accommodate an applicant we will contact them as soon as possible.  

Due to the large number of requests, please allow 14 days for a response.

All placements must be organised and approved through Council's Workforce and Organisational Development Department.

Am I eligible?

You can apply if you:

  • are currently studying (high school - Years 10, 11 or 12, TAFE, university or college) and
  • can provide insurance coverage (certificate of currency for Public Liability & Personal Injury insurance) from your place of study.

Additional requirements for specific Council service areas:

Building Approvals/Surveying, Civil Construction, Horticulture, Metals & Mechanics and Town Planning: a Work Health Safety (WHS) White Card before placement. You must wear steel-capped boots on site.

Early Childhood Education: a Working with Children Check before placement for any student 18 years and over.

How to apply

Apply using our Work Experience Application Form or in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This allows us to consider all applications and make every attempt to place students in their preferred areas. Please note: we cannot guarantee any work placements. If we are unable to accommodate a student we will contact them as soon as possible. 

Apply for work experience

All applications must include your:

  • name
  • school/college/RTO/University
  • phone number and email address
  • type of placement, including details of what you want to learn and experience in your placement
  • length of placement required
  • specific dates requested
  • your availability (e.g. Monday to Friday)
  • insurance cover details
  • any additional information, such as any reasonable adjustment to the workplace you require and
  • any additional documentation required for your placement type (see above).

For more information on work experience contact the Work Experience coordinator on  4732 8212.

Early Childhood Industry Placement

Council's Children's Services Department offers industry placement in numerous locations across the Penrith Local Government Area. Direct applications for industry placements to:  

  • For High School, Certificate and Diploma level qualifications: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 4732 8212
  • For University Early Childhood Teaching qualifications: Courtney Elborough, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Civil Engineering work placements

Council currently coordinates with various universities to offer placement opportunities.

To be eligible, you must be in at least the third year of a related Engineering degree at University and have:

  • a valid driver's licence
  • WHS White Card
  • knowledge of survey practices and CAD
  • 4-5 day availability, Monday to Friday.

In 2009, Council established a staff scholarship in recognition of former Sustainability Unit Coordinator, Louise Petchell who passed away suddenly. The scholarship is a lasting legacy to Louise, built around her passion for lifelong learning and encouraging staff across our organisation to recognise the opportunities in their roles to embrace the principles of sustainability.

The scholarship provides funding to staff to undertake formal training, attend conferences and participate in study tours to enhance their knowledge and understanding of sustainability principles related to their work, and to share what they have learnt with their colleagues.