Digital Apprenticeship Program
The Digital Apprenticeship Program is for people looking for a career change or finishing year 12. You’ll get to work with digital technologies and solve problems for things that matter. No degree necessary.
Who is it for?
The Digital Apprenticeship Program is for Australian citizens who are passionate about digital technology.
You don’t need a degree or any prior study for the program. You just need to be interested in digital tech and solving problems. So if you’re looking for a career change or finishing year 12, this program is for you.
If you enjoy pulling apart or building PCs, setting up home networks, building apps, finding trends in data or simply problem solving and making things simple, then you should consider applying.
What you’ll get to work on
Government agencies have many different digital and technical roles. These roles support the core functions of each agency and are always changing. Past apprentices have worked in the following areas:
- cyber security
- user research
- interactive media
- software engineering
- big data
- systems analysis and design
- web development
- data analytics
- systems testing
- infrastructure support
- help desk
- applications development.
Apprenticeship locations vary each year based on requirements. A complete list of available locations are published when applications open. Past apprentices have worked in the following cities:
You may be eligible for relocation assistance if you need to move to another city for an apprenticeship.
Who you’ll be working for
Participating agencies vary each year. A complete list of participating agencies are published when applications open. Past apprentices have worked with the following agencies:
- Attorney-General’s Department
- Australian Electoral Commission
- Australian Federal Police
- Australian Taxation Office
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
- Geoscience Australia
- IP Australia
- National Library of Australia
- Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Department of Defence
- Department of Finance
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Department of Health
- Department of Home Affairs
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
- Department of Jobs and Small Business
- Department of the Senate
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- The Treasury
In this program you’ll get:
- industry experience while you study
- vocational qualification in digital technology for government
- support from supervisors
- competitive salary and super
- permanent government employment
You’ll work full time and get to complete a Certificate IV or Diploma in a digital or technology related field. It’s all paid for by your government employer.
Once your qualification is complete you will be able to continue working with permanent employment.
Support and coaching
You will have support from your supervisor and a dedicated career coach to give you the best chance of success.
Your supervisor will provide guidance and feedback on day-to-day work and help you understand how your work is contributing to the agency’s goals.
Your career coach (career development and support officer) will help you with your studies and job skills. They will help guide your professional development towards a successful and rewarding career.
You will also get to network with other apprentices and develop professional relationships that will support you throughout your career.
How to apply
Applications for the 2019 program open 21 May 2018.
When applications are open, the application form will be available in the jobs section of our website.
You will need these documents:
- proof of Australian citizenship (birth certificate or passport)
- passport-size photo
- year 12 certificate (or equivalent)
- a resume
3 stages to success
- Submit your application. You will be contacted if your application is successful.
- Attend an interview. If your interview is successful we will invite you to stage 3.
- Meet with participating agencies. At this stage you will get to select a preference for which agency you would prefer to go to.
If you are not successful at a particular stage, you will be notified by email and given feedback as soon as possible.
At the end of this process we will do our best to match you with an agency that you prefer and that has roles available to suit your skills.
The process usually takes around 4 months from the time applications close.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about starting a digital career with the Australian Government, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6120 8701.
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