Young people

The Queensland Government is committed to the recruitment and retention of young people as they bring fresh new ideas and perspectives, creativity, adaptability to technology and change, and eagerness and willingness to learn to the workplace.

We engage and develop young people, enabling them to contribute to the delivery of services to Queenslanders now and in the future.

The Queensland Government ‘Inclusion and Diversity Strategy’ (PDF, 895 KB) has actions specifically related to young people. For example:

  • making better use of the graduate portal to educate and promote early career pathways and opportunities across the public sector
  • establishing a web presence to showcase examples of flexibility in action.

The Queensland Government is an employer of choice for young people because of the breadth of career opportunities it offers, the value it places on improving the life of Queenslanders and the way in which work is performed in the public service.

Government also provides a range of employment benefits, such as development opportunities, on-the-job training, entry level programs, competitive salary, salary packaging and superannuation.  Flexible working conditions and generous leave options create an appealing work life balance proposition.

1. Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with paid work which also contributes to the completion of a nationally recognised qualification. This is a great way to learn valuable skills on the job under the guidance of a training organisation.

Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade (e.g. electrical, plumbing, cabinetmaking, automotive) and when completed you will become a qualified tradesperson. Apprenticeships generally take up to 4 years to complete.

Trainees are trained in vocational areas (e.g. business administration, information technology, tourism) and when completed you will receive a qualification in your chosen vocational area. Traineeships generally take between 12 months and 3 years to complete.

School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies (generally in years 10, 11 and 12). A school-based apprentice or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. The nominal term of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is generally double that of the full-time apprenticeship or traineeship.

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2. Cadetships

Cadetships combine formal vocational training with practical work experience. Cadetships vary in length depending on the vocation but are generally 18 months to 2 years in length. Cadets complete a nationally recognised qualification. Employers are responsible for organising and funding the vocational training component with a Registered Training Organisation.

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3. Graduate Portal

The Queensland Government graduate portal offers young people with a tertiary qualification (degree or higher) a variety of career paths within Government.

4. Industry placements

Industry placements are usually compulsory as part of the completion of your degree. Departments conduct their own recruitment process and applications can open at any time of the year. Departmental websites contain the most up-to-date information on available opportunities and closing dates.

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5. Scholarships

A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.

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6. Vocational placements

These placements are for current students and can give you an opportunity to apply theory and skills gained while studying in a professional workplace. Placements can give students the chance to get the skills they need to transition successfully from study to work. Courses offering vocational placements can be delivered by universities, TAFE colleges and schools (whether public or private) and bodies authorised to offer training courses under state or territory legislation.

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7. Other programs