Help a trainee and become a host employer

CEO of Roberts Co shares what it's like hosting a trainee

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Become a host employer

We are asking our contractors and consultants to partner with us and host trainees for 8-month rotations. This is a great opportunity to further your commitment to supporting NSW’s young people and provide career pathways into infrastructure.

Change a young school leavers life

Become a host employer and commit to supporting NSW’s young people to give them a head-start into an infrastructure and construction career.

Each year approximately 87,000 students leave high school taking the next step into a variety of pathways including university, TAFE NSW, employment and looking for work. This year, these school leavers are starting this journey at a time of unprecedented uncertainty, which is why the NSW Government has designed a two-year traineeship in the infrastructure sector to provide paid training opportunities for NSW’s school leavers.

‘‘As a host employer, it’s a great opportunity to engage and develop individuals in our industry and really work toward addressing some of our industry’s skill gaps.

Hosting a trainee is about being instrumental in nurturing, coaching, and supporting an individual through their professional growth journey and it gives the industry an insight into what a diverse workforce can bring to a business in terms of energy, growth, and sustainability.  It’s a fabulous avenue for building a talent pipeline for organisations to ensure growth and succession.

The advice I’d give to others considering becoming a host employer is to ensure there is a program of experiences and opportunities prepared for the trainee and that internal stakeholders are ready to engage and provide ample coaching, mentoring and support for a purposeful and meaningful experience."

How the program works

The traineeships are office based, with trainees spending:

  • 8 months with a government agency

  • 8 months with a contractor

  • 8 months with a consultant .

This will provide them with valuable exposure to the broader industry, understanding the important role each party plays in the successful delivery of public infrastructure.

Trainees will study 1 day a week to complete a Cert IV in courses such as project management practice and procurement and contracting. The program will be managed by Apprenticeship Careers Australia, a group training organisation who will recruit, manage and support trainees to complete their qualification. The courses will be funded by Training Services NSW and each government agency will fund the trainee’s salary.

Trainees will come from regional and metro areas.

Download the factsheet for host employers

Get in touch

If you're interested in learning more about how you can make a difference to a young school leaver please email us at

Thank you to the following organisations

Altus Group | APP | Arenco (NSW) Pty Ltd | ARUP | Barpa Construction Services | Beyond Fire Pty Ltd | Bickerton Masters Architecture | Billard Leece Partnership | BMD | Broockmann Water Advisory | Buildcorp | Built | CBRE | Conrad Gargett | Cox Architecture Pty Ltd | CPB Contractors | Cushman & Wakefield Pty Ltd | Daracon Engineering Pty Ltd | Delivering 4 Customers | Western Project Services | Edwards Constructions | EnviroScience Solutions | Essence Project Management | Facilities First Australia | FK Gardner & Sons Pty Ltd | Fleetwood Building Solutions | Fredon NSW Air | Fulton Hogan | Future Generation Snowy 2.0 | Gallagher Jeffs | Genus Advisory | GHD Pty Ltd | Growthbuilt Pty Ltd | Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd | Hindmarsh Construction Australia | Icon Corporate Services | Intrec | J Wyndham Prince | Johnstaff Projects | John Holland Group | Joss Construction | KF Williams & Associates | Laing O'Rourke | Lendlease | Lipman Pty Ltd | Lloyd Group | Maas Constructions (Dubbo) Pty Ltd | Mace Australia | Main Facilities Pty Ltd | MBB Group Pty Ltd | MBMpl Pty Ltd | McConnell Dowell Constructors | Mirvac | Multiplex Construction | Network Rail Consulting | Norman Disney Young | North Construction & Building | O'Donnell & Hanlon | Planix Projects | PriceWaterhouseCoopers | Probuild Constructions | PTW Architects | Regional Project Managers Australia Pty Ltd | Renascent Australia | Renzo Tonin & Associates | Resource Design & Management | Richard Crookes Constructions | Rider Levett Bucknall NSW | Roberts Pizzarotti | Root Partnerships | Rork Projects | RPS AAP Consulting Pty Ltd | Savills Project Management | Shakeup Architecture | SMEC Australia | St Hilliers Property | Steensen varming | Stephen Edwards Constructions | Taylor Construction Group | TCQ Construction | The Frame Group | The NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Incorporated | Thelem Consulting | Linesight | TSA Management Pty Limited | Turner & Townsend Urban Fitouts & Construction | Viridi Group | Woollam Constructions

for supporting the first Infrastructure Traineeships program.

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