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Job Description
Reference number:                                                                 Date Approved:
Title:                             School Leaver Trainee                          Closing Date:          24 September
Designation:                       APS Level 1/2.1
Division                           Corporate Strategies Division
Branch:                            People Strategies Branch
Section:                           Workforce Planning and Strategic Support Section
Location:                          Canberra
Immediate supervisor:              School Leaver Traineeship Manager
Security classification:           N/A


The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is offering up to 10 traineeships, based
in Canberra. The School Leaver Traineeship Program is an entry-level program designed to provide trainees with the skills
and knowledge to prepare them for a career within the department and the wider Australian Public Service. The traineeship
combines paid work with an extensive learning and development program. It provides a great opportunity to ‘earn and
learn’ for students just out of school to gain invaluable experience and skills in an interesting and supportive workplace
while at the same time earning a living. Trainees will work in three different areas of the department and undertake the
nationally recognised Certificate IV in Government. Trainees work in their rotation placements four days per week, and have
one day per week dedicated to study or further learning and development.

Trainees who successfully complete the program will be offered employment with the department.

The traineeship starts in February 2013 and finishes in December 2013.

Who we want
The department is looking for people who:
     are interested in working for the Australian community
     have good communication skills and work well with others
     have achieved sound academic results
     demonstrate initiative and motivation.

What we offer
Successful applicants will be offered:
      an extensive 11-month learning and development program, which includes the qualification of Certificate IV in
          Government and additional development opportunities
      the opportunity to gain on-the-job skills and experience in three different areas of the department
      support networks that include current and past trainees, mentors and program support staff
      ongoing employment on successful completion of the traineeship
          various extracurricular activities, such as visits to the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parliament House and the
          High Court.
You MUST be completing Year 12 this year or have completed Year 12 in 2011 to be eligible for a traineeship AND you must
be an Australian citizen at the commencement of the program.

                             If you require further assistance please contact the Recruitment Team
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          Duties may be varied, depending on the rotation placement, and may include:

              assisting in the day-to-day operations of a section
              providing administrative assistance and general support to other members of the team
              assisting with project management or contract management
              organising and coordinating travel, events and meetings
              undertaking basic research
              liaising with clients, service providers, other stakeholders
              media monitoring
              developing information sheets and other written documents.

 Selection Criteria
 All criteria will be assessed in relation to candidates’ ability to perform in accordance with: the APS Values and Code of
 Conduct; the social justice principles of equity and workplace diversity; and occupational health and safety in the workplace.

     understands and follows direction
     communicates messages clearly
     provides accurate information
     shares ideas and information and seeks guidance from others
     works cooperatively and productively in a team
     treats others with respect and courtesy
     identifies and analyses situations and issues, considers options and chooses solutions
     resolves problems in accordance with standard procedures and when required refers problems to others
     monitors and evaluates the solutions implemented
     manages assigned tasks and timelines for short and long term planning
     identifies objectives, methods and resources needed to carry out and complete tasks.
Applications should be made through the department’s online recruitment system

Your responses to the Selection Criteria should be no more than 200 words per criterion.

To obtain further information about the position, please contact:
Name: Claire Head
Phone: 02 6274 2200

                              If you require further assistance please contact the Recruitment Team
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