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Apprentice Bridge and Wharf Carpenter - 2023 Intake

Job No: CEN2915
Location: Central Coast NSW


First Year Apprenticeship - 2023 Intake

Primary Work Location: Erina

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

Council is excited to offer Apprenticeship opportunities for motivated people who have an interest in gaining “hands on” work experience and technical training as a Bridge and Wharf Carpenter. The objective of our program is to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to complete the Apprenticeship, with a view to establishing a career as a Bridge and Wharf Carpenter.


The Apprenticeship program requires the successful applicants to enter a Training Contract for four (4) years commencing in January 2023.

As part of their individual Training Plans Apprentices are required to undertake and complete a Certificate III Formwork/Falsework course at either a NSW TAFE Campus or through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). 

Apprentices commence as a 1st year Apprentice and are trained under the instruction of a suitably qualified supervisor. You may be required to rotate between job locations to nurture on-the-job experience for the duration of the Apprenticeship. Council offers an excellent development program with exposure to many facets of the job throughout the course.

We encourage those applicants who have a passion for the trade/area and for developing their knowledge and skills to apply.

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Applicants must meet screening requirements for existing qualifications which determine eligibility for an apprenticeship.

Please Note – Employment beyond the term of the Apprenticeship is neither automatically offered nor guaranteed.


The successful Apprentices' primary responsibility in the position is to obtain the knowledge, skills and competence through tertiary qualifications and on-the-job training.

As an Apprentice Bridge and Wharf Carpenter you will work within a team, providing assistance in the civil construction and maintenance of bridges, wharves and signs across the Central Coast region.

What a 'day in the job' could look like:

  • Supporting the minor construction of concrete/ timber bridges, wharves and signs;
  • Operating vehicles and cranes to support civil works;
  • Perform labouring duties on Council work sites;
  • Complete formal studies and receive on the job mentoring from experienced tradespeople.

About You:

  • You have a genuine interest in the Trade area;
  • You have made the extra effort to gain practical experience or undertake additional relevant learning in the area;
  • You understand the importance of being a team player;
  • You are committed to undertaking and completing the required studies;
  • You are keen to learn from others to further your career;
  • You have a focus on providing the best quality service to the Central Coast.

About Us:

  • We are one of the largest employers on the Central Coast, a large and progressive organisation delivering a wide variety of services to our local community;
  • You’ll be joining a team who love what they do;
  • We provide a supportive learning environment with the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience and technical training.


  1. Minimum education requirement - Year 10 School Certificate or RoSA (Record of School Achievement) or equivalent leaving certificate. Please note: Current Year 10 students are eligible to apply and if successful in selection it will be based on the proviso that they complete the Year 10 RoSA and provide documentation prior to commencement in position;
  2. Demonstrated interest and/or experience in the chosen trade or area;
  3. Be an Australian Citizen or granted permanent residency status;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

Central Coast Council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees. In accordance with Council's WHS requirements and COVID-19 Safety Plans we require all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to commencement with Central Coast Council.

Successful candidates may be required to undertake a course of vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus or be able to demonstrate their immunity.

Successful candidates may also be required to undertake a Confined Spaces Medical.

Please click on the Position Description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.


A commencing salary range of $443.41 to $760.08 per week ($23,119.63 to $39,630.76 per annum) plus 10.5% Superannuation will apply, dependent upon age and school qualifications.


Applications will be assessed based on information provided in the application. Council receives numerous applications for Apprenticeships and applicants need to meet the essential criteria and clearly establish their aptitude for their chosen role. For additional information on applying for an Apprenticeship role click on the following link: Checklist for applying for a CCC Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

Applicants who are selected to progress in the recruitment process will next be invited to complete an online assessment. Applicants successful at progressing to interview may be asked to undertake a second assessment at time of interview to verify on-line results. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend a panel interview which will be conducted during a week day. Applicants shortlisted for interview will be advised via phone and e-mail. 

Further enquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Swaney, Workforce Development Officer, on 0436 331 240 or

 If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 28 August 2022.


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Thank you for your interest in the position.

For more information on applying for an Apprenticeship role with Central Coast Council please click on the following link: Checklist for applying for a CCC Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

Apply now using our fast, easy to use on-line application process. 

Don't have access to a computer or electronic device? Applications can be lodged at any of Council's 11 Library locations. Pre-book a free 1 hour computer timeslot by contacting your nearest library or ask at the enquiry counter.

Please note that you do not need a "password" to use our on-line application system, however you will need to complete your application without leaving the system as your application will not be saved.

** It is recommended that you review the questions and prepare your responses in a Word document or similar before commencing your on-line application. Your responses will not be saved if you encounter any problems submitting your application.

** We recommend that you use Google Chrome for best System performance.

To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach your Resume 

Step 3:  Attach your qualifications and licences (if applicable)

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing or phone 0409 601 161 to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail. Please be advised, in order to ensure you receive all email communications from Central Coast Council, please whitelist '' in your preferred email client.  For Further instructions please click here

 PLEASE NOTE: By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information provided by yourself in this application is true & correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false.  You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks (Referee check, Working With Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, Employment History and an Australian Federal Police Check) as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.

I also acknowledge that I will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.


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