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Employment programs

Transport for NSW is committed to creating a seamless and efficient world-class transport system; to achieve this we need a sustainable and professional workforce to deliver key projects.

Graduates, Cadets and Scholars

Our Talent Programs provide opportunities for motivated Graduates, Cadets and Scholars with a range of different disciplines in both Engineering and Business to work across some of NSW's leading public transport agencies such as Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, State Transit and the Transport Management Centre

Find out more about Transport for NSW’s talent programs.

Apprenticeships

If you're a motivated individual looking to learn a trade qualification while working on some of the most important projects in NSW, a Roads and Maritime apprenticeship is for you.

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with study at TAFE towards an accredited trade qualification. It is structured over four years and Roads and Maritime will pay your TAFE fees and provide your work safety clothing. You will gain your trade certificate, and receive other important training in Occupational Health and Safety (White card), Work Activity (Blue card), manual handling and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime is a great place to learn a trade, with our projects ranging from maintaining the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to keeping the state's traffic signals working, to supporting the hard-working teams who keep our roads in good condition. Apprentices are rotated between workshops and worksites across NSW, giving them exposure to a broad range of skills and a variety of projects.

You will receive strong support from experienced tradespeople and, at the end of your apprenticeship, you will then be eligible to apply to join Roads and Maritime's permanent workforce, with great pay, flexible conditions and challenging work.

When you start your apprenticeship you will attend a two day orientation where you learn about working in Roads and Maritime, meet and spend time with other apprentices, and meet Roads and Maritime supervisors. As you finish your apprenticeship, you are encouraged to apply for any suitable jobs advertised in Roads and Maritime or in the broader public sector. Successful apprentices will complete a three-year accredited Certificate III TAFE trade course, a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships offered

  • Bridge and wharf carpenters - Carpenters build, install, finish and repair timber and metal structures and fixtures including bridges and other civil engineering projects.
  • Fitters - Fitters assemble and fit parts and sub-assemblies made from metal and other materials to make production machinery and other equipment. They repair or replace defective parts and check for accuracy and quality.
  • Metal fabricators (Boilermaker) - Fabricators cut, shape, assemble and join metal parts to produce or repair containers such as boilers and storage tanks. They use hand tools, flame cutting torches and metal working machines.
  • Painters - Painters apply paint, varnish and other finishes to exterior and interior surfaces. They remove old paint, prepare surfaces, erect scaffolding and work out the quantity of materials needed for particular jobs.
  • Plant mechanics - Plant mechanics repair, maintain and test heavy vehicles, plant items, engines and related mechanical components. They use oxy, electric, MIG welding, hand fitting and machinery processes to replace or repair faulty parts.
  • Plumbers - Plumbers lay out, install, test and maintain pipes, fixtures, fittings, and maintain and repair piping and plumbing systems. They also install, adjust and maintain water services and fire services.
  • Systems electricians - Systems electricians install, maintain, repair, test and commission electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They read electrical, architectural and mechanical diagrams and plan the layout of wiring systems.
  • Traffic signal technicians - Traffic signal technicians maintain, build, repair and modify traffic signals and control equipment.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you need to:

  • Have completed Year 10 and obtained the School Certificate or equivalent certificate.
  • Be at least 16 years of age when starting your apprenticeship.
  • Agree for Roads and Maritime to do a Criminal History Check
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Roads and Maritime encourages applications from women, people with disabilities and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

View our current employment opportunities.

Traineeships

A traineeship provides you with the opportunity to gain a nationally accredited qualification while working full time to gain relevant skills, knowledge and valuable work experience.

You will receive a competitive salary, work with experienced supervisors, meet other trainees, and benefit from formal training both in the workplace and off the job. Traineeships take 12 or 24 months to complete, depending on which one you apply for.

Our traineeships cover critical industries and skills in Business, Government and Civil Construction.

At the completion of the traineeship, successful trainees gain a nationally recognised Certificate III qualification.

Traineeships offered

  • Government - The Government Traineeship is a 24 month, office based program. At the end of the 24 months, individuals will receive a Certificate III in Government which is a nationally Accredited Qualification. Government Trainees must hold their Higher School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Business (Administration) - The Business (Administration) Traineeship is a 12 month, office based program. At the end of the 12 months, individuals will receive a nationally Accredited Qualification in Certificate III in Business - Administration. Business (Administration) Trainees must hold their Higher School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Business (Registries) - The Business (Registries) Traineeship is a 12 month program with the trainees based in Registries around NSW. At the end of the 12 months, individuals will receive a Certificate III in Business - Registries which is a nationally Accredited Qualification. Business (Registries) Trainees must be at least 18 years of age and hold their Higher School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Customer Contact - The Customer Contact Traineeship is a 12 month program with the trainees based in the Newcastle Contact Centre. At the end of the 12 months, individuals will receive a Certificate III in Customer Contact which is a nationally Accredited Qualification. Customer Contact Trainees must be at least 18 years of age and hold their Higher School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Civil Construction (Road and Bridge) - The Civil Construction Traineeship program is a 24 month program. Civil Construction trainees can specialise in two areas: Road Construction or Bridge Construction and work outdoors with a crew of experienced road workers. Civil Construction trainees attend block release training every six to eight weeks with their fellow trainees across NSW to gain a Certificate III in Civil Construction. Civil Construction Trainees must be at least 16 years of age and hold their School Certificate and be willing to obtain a NSW driver licence.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a traineeship you:

  • Must have completed your HSC or equivalent school certificate.
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • If you have completed a Certificate III or higher (such as a Diploma or Degree) you may not be eligible for an Roads and Maritime Services traineeship. You must let us know up front if this is the case.

We encourage applications from women, people with disabilities and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

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