Work. Learn. Grow.

Are you looking to gain practical on-the-job work experience and a qualification?

The Shire is offering you the chance to improve lives and shape your own career in a truly special place.

You’ll enjoy diverse work and opportunities to grow, working in a truly special community and a region of outstanding natural beauty. In return for your passion and commitment to moving the Shire forward, we offer great benefits and the balance you need to bring the best you.

As a trainee, you’ll work at the Shire for a 12-month program which will offer learning and development opportunities, the chance to expand personal and professional capabilities, while completing a Certificate III in Business - a formal and recognised qualification, through a Registered Training Organisation.

Applications will open in October 2024 with an information session being held on Monday 16 September in Mornington.

Secure your ticket

The Shire’s Traineeship Program provides flexible employment and training opportunities for people wanting to build a career. The program is aimed at attracting:

  • School leavers
  • Adults entering or returning to the workforce, reskilling, or seeking a career change.

What should you expect?

The 12-month Traineeship Program is a full-time position. Participants in the program are supported every step of the way with opportunities to learn and grow on the job while completing a Certificate III in Business - a formal and recognised qualification.

Huge Opportunities

Benefit from the wide and varied work that the Shire offers making it easier for you to find your perfect fit.


Support & Guidance

Trainees receive a circle of support that includes your Program facilitator, supervisor, mentor, study provider and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Diversity & Inclusion

We celebrate an inclusive workplace culture that promotes and values diversity. Our employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas.

Skills for your Future

Gain a nationally recognised Certificate III in Business qualification by combining employment (real wages) and training (formal study).

Make a Difference

Spend your working hours doing something that makes your local community a better place to be.


Health & Wellbeing

We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment with programs that seek to optimise the health and well-being of its employees.

Who are we looking for?

If you are looking to kickstart your career, a career change, to re-enter the workforce, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Traineeship Program is a great opportunity to take you in a new direction.

Don’t worry if you don’t have experience, our Values are everything - Integrity, Courage, Openness, Respect & Excellence. If these resonate with you, what are you waiting for?

We want team orientated individuals who are willing to go above and beyond. You must be reliable, punctual, and willing to follow instructions.

We celebrate an inclusive workplace culture that promotes and values diversity. Our employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas. At the Shire, we see all forms of diversity as real value for the region and a reflection of our community.

Take this opportunity to kick start your career and earn while you learn!

Is Council right for you?

Our Core Values set the framework for how we work together to achieve outstanding outcomes for our customers and our community. Our values guide us in clearly defining and communicating:

  • How we do things at the Shire;
  • How we make decisions in the best interests of the community we serve; and
  • How we hold ourselves and each other accountable the highest standards of performance and conduct.

Our Values set our organisational culture and articulate the shared behaviours we are all required to live by when making decisions in the course of our work.

In living our values, we build a collective culture committed to high performance, and send a clear message to our colleagues and our community about how we go about our business.

Visit: Our Organisational Values page.

What kind of work could I do?

Your Career. Your Community. The scale and diversity of the work we do means the Shire can offer you many different career paths.

Some examples are:

  • Business Services
  • Communications
  • Community Services
  • Customer Service
  • Economic Development
  • Engineering & Asset Management
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Park & Sports facilities
  • Planning & Development
  • Procurement
  • Property
  • Tourism, Culture & Recreation

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a traineeship, applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 years or older and no longer at school.
  • Be able to meet citizen, residency, and visa requirements to undertake a traineeship.
  • Not have completed a certificate III (or above in Business or a similar field).

Application Process

Information coming soon.