Young people (15-24)

Traineeships in the Western Australian public sector

Many traineeships in the Western Australian public sector are facilitated through the Public Sector Commission’s ‘Public sector traineeship recruitment and referral service’.

This service offers opportunities for young people to be selected by public sector agencies for both school-based and full-time traineeships. Those who are selected for a position in an agency traineeship will:

  • be employed and hosted by their agency for a period of 12 months for full-time trainees or 18 months for part-time trainees
  • earn a trainee wage, based on age and final year of schooling completed
  • receive support, including mentoring, to complete the traineeship
  • develop skills relevant to public administration
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification on completion of the traineeship – Certificate II, III or IV in Government (Public Administration)

To be considered for a traineeship, individuals must:

  • be between 17 and 24 years of age
  • have completed a minimum of Year 10 or equivalent
  • have a current residential address in Western Australia
  • be committed to working full time for up to 12 months (or part time for up to 18 months) in an office environment within a public sector agency.

Interested individuals can receive traineeship job alerts as they are advertised on the WA Government's Jobs Board by registering at ‘Email me jobs’ and selecting Apprenticeship/Traineeship under 'Occupation' when completing their details.

Please note that there are no set recruitment dates for traineeships. Registering will ensure that you will be notified of any traineeship opportunities as they arise within the WA public sector.

All streams offer opportunities in metropolitan and regional areas.

For more information, download Traineeships in the Western Australian public sector - a guide for youth and agencies (PDF - 812kb). If you have further queries, please email

School based traineeships

Applications are closed.

If you are currently a year 10 a school student entering Year 11 in 2021 you can apply to take part in the Public Sector School Based Traineeship program. As a school based trainee you combine your studies with paid part-time employment in a Western Australian public sector agency. You will study for a Certificate II in Government (Public Administration) which goes towards your Western Australian Certificate of Education. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to combine practical work experience with structured training and a great way to kick start your career.

What do you get?

  • Part time employment two days a week on a trainee wage for 18 months.
  • Experience which counts towards your WA Certificate of Education.
  • The opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Government (Administration) - a nationally recognised qualification. There are no exams or essays to complete.
  • Foundation knowledge and experience of government administration.
  • On and off-the-job training.
  • Potential ongoing career opportunities in the public sector when you leave school.

Can I register?

You can register from July 2020, if you are:

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, and living in WA. Temporary visa holders may be eligible. Telephone the Public Sector Commission on 6552 8764 or email us to find out more
  • currently enrolled in Year 10 at a WA secondary school and commence Year 11 in 2021
  • deemed academically capable of undertaking a school based traineeship by the school s VET coordinator along with a subject teacher recommendation
  • achieved minimum C grades for general mathematics and general English subjects in your Year 10 Semester 1 school report
  • in receipt of a good attendance history at school
  • able to obtain school recommendations indicating you are enthusiastic, reliable and dedicated to completing your schooling as well as meeting the school-based traineeship requirements.

Further information

For any further information or questions, and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria please talk to your school’s VET Coordinator. Alternatively, contact the Public Sector Commission on 6552 8764 or email us.