Christopher showing a clown fish in a landing netChristopher McCarthy-Wood – Aquaculture Trainee in the NTPS

Your challenging and fulfilling career in government starts here!

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) offers exciting and challenging apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in remote, regional and urban locations.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine employment with structured learning to develop workplace skills and provide a nationally recognised qualification at the certificate II, III, IV or diploma level.

Study anything from Business, Information Technology, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management... the list goes on!

Eligibility

To apply for the Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) Apprenticeship and Indigenous Apprenticeship Program, applicants must:

  • have successfully completed year 10 (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • be able to provide most recent school results; (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide and up-to-date resume with two (2) current referee contacts;
  • not hold a higher level qualification, or equivalent qualification in a similar discipline;
  • be an Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status; OR
  • if you are not an Australian citizen, hold a relevant Working Visa;
  • if applying for the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program, be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent;
  • complete the application form in full; and
  • provide all supporting documentation.

Salary conditions

Apprentices and trainees are employed on a temporary basis for one to four years, dependent on their qualification. Salaries range from $15,019 - $31,733 per annum for the first year of the apprenticeship/traineeship dependent on the highest school level completed, year of completion and level of qualification being undertaken.

NTPS employees are entitled to six weeks annual leave and flexible workplace arrangements can be negotiated.

Apprentice/Trainee Designation​ Currently studying Year 11​ Currently studying Year 12​
School Based Apprentice/Trainee​ ​ Part-time equivalent salary of $18,155​ Part-time equivalent salary of $20,015​
Apprentice/Trainee Designation​ Completed Year 10​ Completed Year 11​ Completed Year 12​
Apprentice/Trainee undertaking a Certificate III
(under 21 years of age)​
Starting from $15,019 per year​ Starting from $16,542 per year​ Starting from $19,176 per year​
Apprentice/Trainee undertaking a Certificate IV
(under 21 years of age)​
Starting from $15,587 per year​ Starting from $17,168 per year​ Starting from $19,907 per year​
Apprentice/Trainee Designation​ First Year Second Year ​Third Year
Adult Apprentice/Trainee undertaking a Certificate III (over 21 years of age)​ Starting from $26,866 per year​ Starting from $27,888 per year​ ​Starting from $29,171
Adult Apprentice/Trainee undertaking a Certificate IV (over 21 years of age)​ Starting from $27,862 per year​ Starting from $28,916 per year​

Types of jobs available

There are apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in a range of fields from Aquaculture, to Information Technology, to Tourism and to Business. Apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities exist in remote, regional and urban locations.

On-and-off the job training

Apprentices and trainees are employed by a hosting agency within the NTG. Hosting agencies provide relevant on-the-job training for the length of the apprenticeship/traineeship.

Apprentices and trainees also receive structured off-the-job training through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The qualification undertaken and the location of the apprenticeship/traineeship determine the method of training provided, but could include workbooks, assignments, block training and local or interstate delivery.

How to apply

Apprenticeships and traineeships are advertised in approximately July of each year in newspapers across the Northern Territory and on the internet on the NTG Jobs Website with successful applicants commencing the program in the following February.

Once advertised, the applicant must submit their details online including:

  • evidence of having successfully completed year 10 (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide most recent school results (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide an up-to-date resume with two (2) current referee contacts;
  • provide confirmation of aboriginality, if currently available (for applicants applying for the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program);
  • visa details outlining working conditions (if applicable);
  • complete the application form in full; and
  • attach all supporting documentation.

Only applications submitted in full will be accepted.

More information will become available closer to the intake period.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship or traineeship with the NTG, please email the following details to employmentprograms@nt.gov.au

  • Full name
  • Date of birth (to determine your eligibility)
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Interested field(s) of study and employment

Once you register your interest, the Employment Programs Unit (EPU) will provide you with recruitment details and application opening dates.

Where can the apprenticeship/traineeship take me?

The Northern Territory Government is the largest employer in the Territory and offers a diverse range of employment opportunities on completion of an apprenticeship/traineeship.

Apprentices and trainees are employed on a fixed term (temporary) basis for the duration of their apprenticeship/traineeship and have a distinct advantage of applying for on-going (permanent) government jobs, having gained relevant hands-on experience. Apprentices and trainees also have access to employment programs that will prepare them for future employment opportunities in government.

Apprentices and trainees are encouraged to actively plan their own career path using the skills, knowledge and experience gained through their apprenticeship/traineeship.

On successful completion, apprentices and trainees may also have the opportunity to further their studies in their chosen field at a higher level.

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More information

Employment Programs Unit 
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391
Darwin NT 0801
E: employmentprograms@nt.gov.au 
W: http://www.employmentprograms.nt.gov.au