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.
- 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.
- Civil construction (Roads) - Civil construction apprentices construct and maintain roads and perform manual tasks using hand and power tools and equipment for work on roads, pavements, laying pipes, concreting and working on drainage.
- Civil construction (Bridges) - Civil construction apprentices construct and maintain bridges and perform manual tasks using hand and power tools and equipment for work on timber, steel, concrete, and other civil structures.
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.
Find out more about Apprenticeships in the Frequently Asked Questions.