City of Newcastle doubles 2024 trainee and apprenticeship intake

City of Newcastle doubles 2024 trainee and apprenticeship intake

City of Newcastle (CN) has boosted its annual apprentice and trainee intake for 2024 with 18 roles on offer to help people take their first career steps.

Recruitment has begun for a range of early career positions, with roles available across various sectors including greenkeeping, civil construction, carpentry, heavy vehicle mechanics, information technology, customer service and digital marketing.

Four positions have been targeted towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of our commitment to our Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said she looked forward to welcoming even more faces as part of the expanded 2024 cohort, bringing the total number of apprentices, trainees, graduates and undergraduates currently employed with City of Newcastle to more than 50.

“City of Newcastle is committed to being a diverse, inclusive and culturally welcoming employer of choice and has doubled the number of opportunities on offer this year, compared to last year, to give more people starting out a leg up,” Nuatali said.

“This year, we’ve also increased the number of positions targeted towards individuals who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, aligning with our commitment to bridge the gap in Indigenous employment across the organisation.”

Twenty-six-year-old Shanden Mills is nine months into completing a dual apprenticeship in landscaping and arboriculture as part of CN’s Trainee and Apprentice program, based at its Kotara Nursery.

“I sought out apprenticeship opportunities and the program CN offered really stood out,” Shanden said.

“I’m really enjoying learning new skills like how to use a chainsaw safely from an elevated work platform and eventually conquering my fear of heights.

“I’ve been getting my hands dirty helping to plant, prune and maintain more than 2,000 trees across the LGA as part of our annual tree planting program and working on projects like Orchardtown Road’s Local Centre upgrade.

“CN also offers the option to work a nine-day fortnight, which allows me a day to study and complete my TAFE coursework.”

Shanden is learning under the supervision of CN’s City Greening Coordinator, Tahn Woolmer who started out in horticulture as a CN apprentice 21 years ago.

“It’s very rewarding training up-and-coming apprentices over three or four years and then seeing many of them secure a full-time position,” Tahn said.

“I’d encourage anyone starting out or looking for a career change to consider applying for an apprenticeship or trainee role, as there are plenty of opportunities on offer.”

Successful applicants under the program will begin work on 29 January 2024.

Applications are now open and close on Sunday 24 September 2023.

City of Newcastle

In 2030, Newcastle will be a smart, liveable and sustainable city.

Council developed and adopted a suite of strategic documents to guide delivery of Council's seven key strategic directions, outlined in the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

  •  A Connected City
  •  A Protected and Enhanced Environment
  •  Vibrant and Activated Public Places
  •  A Caring and Inclusive Community
  •  A Liveable and Distinctive Built Environment
  •  A Smart and Innovative City
  •  Open and Collaborative Leadership

This planning strategy has assisted in the delivery of a City Revitalisation Program that has encouraged a large investment in the City by both Government and private investors that are willing to prove that Newcastle is ready for change.   

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