Blue Mountains City Council Cadet Holly Nettle

Apply for a 2022 Cadetship, Apprenticeship or Traineeship at Blue Mountains City Council to kick start your career

13 Sep 2021

The Blue Mountains Council Cadets, Apprentices and Traineeship (CATs) Program will commence in early 2022. Take this opportunity to start a career and earn while you learn!

Cadetships, apprenticeships and traineeships are available in the following areas in 2022:

  • Cadet Development Engineer 
  • Cadet Environmental Health & Building Surveyor 
  • Cadet Environmental – Healthy Waterways 
  • Cadet Strategic Accountant
  • Apprentice Civil Construction 
  • Apprentice Fabricator 
  • Apprentice Sign Writer 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) identified Trainee Business Administration.  

Mayor, Councillor Mark Greenhill, said: "Since 2015 Blue Mountains City Council has offered a range of opportunities through our CATs Program. The CATs Program provides the opportunity to learn new skills, gain a qualification and be mentored by long-standing Council employees, who serve the local community.”

The positions in this program provide a range of benefits including the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification, earn a weekly salary or wage, gain industry experience, and have the ability to access and learn about other areas of the business – all within the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

The benefit to Council from providing these opportunities includes increasing the skills base within teams, increasing mentoring opportunities for supervisors and colleagues and providing opportunities to the local community, including young people and those wishing to re-skill in a new area.

Holly Nettle is Council’s current Environmental Science Cadet and she encourages others to take the same step she has. 

“For anyone considering applying for a Cadetship, Apprenticeship or Traineeship with BMCC, I encourage you to take the leap, you won’t regret it!” Holly said.  “Council has been more supportive than I could have imagined and has given me the opportunity to make real world change, whilst balancing my studies. My cadetship has laid the foundations of my career and I could not be more grateful for this opportunity."

Environmental Sustainability Cadet, Michelle Bird, echoes Holly’s sentiments: "This Cadetship has been an invaluable experience, where I am able to put what I am learning at university into action. There is so much diversity in the role and I have the opportunity to dabble in many different types of projects to find what I really enjoying working on. There are so many projects you can get involved in, that benefit the community you live in, which is a really great feeling."

The CATS Program’s entry-level roles are open to everyone but also reserve placement for those in our community who may not have the same opportunities or are under-represented in the workplace. One of these positions currently available is an ATSI identified Trainee Business Administration.  

Ed Hunter, a representative of Council’s Indigenous Staff Reference Group, said: “This is about promoting equal opportunity in building a career. It is a great experience to work for Council and serve the community you live in.” 

Gundungurra elder, Aunty Merle also has some encouraging words for local indigenous people. “Put your name down, it’s a good stepping stone,” she said.

Earlier in the year, Council endorsed the Statement of Recognition and Commitment; a historic statement that acknowledges the wrongs of the past and pro-actively addresses the current and ongoing disadvantage First Nation people continue to suffer.

Please visit Council's trainee webpage or contact Louise Daley on 4780 5000 (upper mountains) or 4723 5000 (lower mountains) for more information including position descriptions and information on how to apply.  THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 24 OCTOBER 2021.

Photo: Blue Mountains City Council Cadet Holly Nettle.

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