The First Start program is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work First Start Traineeship program aims to provide young people and disadvantaged job seekers with opportunities:

  • to gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • 12 months paid employment. 

Council offers a diverse range of opportunities through its annual Traineeship Program. Program participants develop the skills and experience required to kick-start their career. 

Our traineeship program is centred on providing 12 months paid employment and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification for:

  • young people (aged 15–24 years)
  • long-term unemployed job seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • mature-age job seekers (45 years or older)
  • migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • displaced workers
  • women re-entering the workforce
  • veterans and ex-service personnel

To be eligible, disadvantaged Queenslander job seekers must also be:

  • aged 15 years or older and no longer at school
  • able to meet citizen, residency and visa requirements to undertake a traineeship

The council has been running this program for over 20 years with trainees learning new and transferable skills and gaining experience and confidence by working in a real job.

The next First Start Traineeship program will commence early 2021. Details will be available on council’s vacancies page.

The First Start Traineeship program is a partnership. It is funded and supported by the Queensland Government and council.