Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship is an opportunity for First Nations Queenslanders under 25 to earn and learn with the Department of Housing and Public Works. Trainees receive:
- paid work at a real job
- a nationally recognised qualification
- hands-on learning
The traineeship program received $2 million in additional funding under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Action Plan 2019-2023 in 2019. The initiative will employ 64 trainees to 2023.
The traineeship program is delivered by a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training provider.
The traineeship program aims to create work opportunities for First Nations peoples between 16 and 25 years of age. It will:
- build careers in industries where workers are needed
- enrich learning and professional development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban and regional areas
- create jobs across the state.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees benefit through:
- a generous salary and superannuation
- paid holiday and sick leave
- fee-free training
- flexible working arrangements for study, sporting, community and family commitments
- lifelong skills and professional learning
- a safe and supportive working environment.
Work and study arrangements
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees work fulltime and/or part-time. Trainees work toward a qualification in either:
- business administration
- community services
- information, digital media and technology
- social housing.
Students in years 10, 11 and 12 can work part-time around school hours and count their certificate toward a Queensland Certificate of Education.
Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples between 16 and 25 years can apply online.
Successful applicants will be placed in a job that matches:
- their preferred location and area of study
- business need at the time of application.
Learn about the experiences of our past trainees.
John: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program I think is just a fantastic opportunity in working with a fantastic employer.
John: You get paid, you get exposure to all the government systems. It gives you all the support you need to be successful in your life.
Jacinta: The Department of Housing and Public Works is a great place to work.
Jacinta: My traineeship did change my life. My family fell on hard times. I grew up in housing, so then later to be able to engage through a traineeship was the best thing that I ever did.
Ryan: On a scale of one to ten, I would give it a ten, definitely, being that glad that I’ve done the traineeship.
Liam: I think the best thing about the traineeship was just the experiences, the people I got to meet.
Jacinta: I’ve travelled to some of the most amazing remote and discrete communities, established relationships, working on country.
Ryan: There’s definitely plenty of opportunities in the department to grow upwards and sidewards and just to give roles and positions a go.
Liam: The traineeship gives a chance for young people to learn new skills.
John: It’s just such a fantastic opportunity and incentive to get Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved so they can learn, and then earn, and benefit all their families, and all their extended families.
Jacinta: As an Indigenous person, I’m in the role that I am because of the privilege of having the opportunity to engage in a program like this.
Jacinta: So if you’re aged 16 to 25 and interested in igniting a passion for helping your mob and your community, then please go online and apply for one of our traineeships.
For more information, contact the group training provider.
- Last updated:
- 1 September 2020