Young people (17-24)

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 traineeship Recruitment and Referral Service

The Public Sector Commission annually coordinates the School-based traineeship in Government (Public Administration) under its Recruitment and Referral Service. 

The ‘School-based traineeship is aimed at Year 11 secondary students who have the opportunity to undertake paid part-time employment. Upon successful completion of the school-based traineeship, you will be awarded a Certificate II in Government (Public Administration) and this will count towards your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Recruitment an​d Referral Service Outline

Once you have submitted your application, the Public Sector Commission will consider if you are suitable. If your registration is accepted, you may be referred to public sector agencies that have a vacancy for a school-based trainee. This means your resume will be sent to agencies for their consideration. This may require you to attend an interview so that they can assess your suitability. If you are a successful candidate, you will commence your school-based traineeship in February the following year (as a Year 11 student). 

As a school-based trainee you will work two days (15 hours) a week and attend school the other three days over an 18 month period. Your school's VET Coordinator will decide what days you work in liaison with the agency. Note that you should be prepared to work through school holidays (unless annual leave is negotiated with your agency), as you will be classified as a part time employee.

As school-based trainee you will:

  • earn a trainee wage paid by your agency
  • perform public administration duties
  • deliver a service to clients
  • follow workplace safety procedures
  • work in a team environment
  • use a range of software, technology and office equipment
  • work effectively with diversity
  • achieve foundation knowledge and skills in best public administration and governance practices. 


You are eligible for the public sector traineeship program if you:

  • are currently a student in year 10 attending a government school in the Perth metropolitan area
  • have achieved a C grade or higher in Year 10, semester 1  English and Maths subjects and be deemed academically capable of undertaking a traineeship by your school (check with your school's VET Coordinator)
  • have a good attendance history at school
  • are an enthusiastic, reliable and dedicated student who will be committed to maintaining your schooling as well as the school-based traineeship requirements
  • are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or holder of an eligible working visa, who is currently living in Western Australia.

Trainee wage r​ates

As a trainee you will be paid a training wage of approximately $159.45 per week in Year 11 and $174.30 per week in Year 12.

Please note the wages listed change annually. To check the most up to date wage, go to the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety website and search for rates for pay for public sector trainees.  

Registrations are now open​!

Applications are currently open for the Public sector school based traineeships and close on the 31 August 2018.  Students must apply while in Year 10, either via the WA Government Jobs Board.

For more information, download the School-based traineeship in government guide for schools and students or email