Many people start their career with the Department through an ‘entry level’ program such as a cadetship, internship or traineeship opportunity. These programs provide people with limited or no work experience with a range of development activities to equip them for a longer term career with the Department.
The Department hosts trainees across the organisation in its Community and Business Services directorate and in country and metropolitan district locations. The traineeship is an employment-based training initiative that provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with administrative work experience, whilst they achieve a Certificate in Government. The traineeships range from 12-18 months, and there are specific streams targeting high school students, and young people 24 years of age and under.
If you want to find out more about these programs, visit the following links on the Public Sector Commission’s website. Remember to nominate the Department for Child Protection and Family Support as your top preference if you want to complete your traineeship here.
- Aboriginal Traineeship Program - This is a 12 month, full time traineeship program for young people 24 years and under. There is a regional focus for this program.
- Public Sector Traineeship Program - This stream offers trainees an opportunity to complete a 12 month, full time traineeship program. This is for young people 24 years and under.
- School Based Traineeship Program - This stream offers high school students an opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Government whilst gaining work experience in the public sector. Trainees will spend two days a week in the workplace during Year 11 and 12, gaining practical work experience to become job ready before high school graduation.
These programs offer a great foot in the door for people who want to begin their career journey with the Department in an administrative role.
Aboriginal Cadetship Program
The Aboriginal Cadetship Program is a key entry level employment strategy for Aboriginal university students aspiring to work with the Department to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable children and families in Western Australia.
How does it work?
As a cadet, you’ll receive a fortnightly allowance to support you during the academic year while you study full time. At the end of the academic year, you would complete a 12 week paid placement in one of the Department’s district offices. This is a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in an academic setting in practice, under the supervision of experienced child protection workers.
Who can apply?
To be eligible you must:
- be working towards a degree in Social Work, Psychology (4 year) or other relevant human services degree;
- be studying full time; and
- be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and be accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived.
What supports and training are available?
The placement supervisor provides day to day support and assists cadets throughout the placement. They play a key coaching role, and guide the cadets’ towards achieving personal and professional goals during the placement.
Cadets have access to mentoring support and guidance from a dedicated program coordinator and Aboriginal staff in their placement location. The Department’s Aboriginal Engagement and Coordination unit are also available to provide additional support to cadets.
Cadets can attend training at the Department’s Learning and Development Centre, which is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), – at no cost. Cadets also have the option of doing a placement in a country district too!
How to apply?
For more information:
Phone (08) 9222 2779 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not studying Social Work?
If you aren’t completing one of the degrees mentioned above, check out the Public Sector Commission’s University Cadetship Programs page. You may be eligible to apply through their intake process and nominate this Department as your preferred placement agency. If you are found suitable for one of our projects, your details will be referred to the Workforce Strategy Coordinator.
Make sure you sign up to the Aboriginal Employment Register to keep up to date with upcoming jobs, including entry level roles and work experience opportunities!