Why choose the Queensland Rail Apprenticeship Program?

Queensland Rail is built on true connection. And everything we achieve is made possible by people just like you.

As a Queensland Rail Apprentice, you’ll go on a journey where your personal and professional growth matters. You’ll join an organisation that’s going places and has big plans for the future. And you’ll contribute to a brighter, more sustainable future for Queensland Rail and your career.

We’re committed to your development so you can enjoy a secure future in the rail industry and beyond. With essential skills programs, dedicated mentoring, access to our Young Professionals Network and so much more, you'll find the support you need to thrive right here, with people who have your back.

Join us at Queensland Rail and unlock your true potential.

Purpose that Counts.

If you love hands-on work and the satisfaction of fixing things, you'll find fulfilment here. Everything you learn with us opens the door to limitless possibilities.

In every apprentice role, you’ll feel a true connection to the impact you make on lives across Queensland - every moment, every day. Impact you can be proud of.

You’ll have the opportunity to be a part of many innovative and interesting projects - including the European Train Control System rollout, new station builds, the Cross River Rail project, and preparations for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

That means incredible things for you and your career. And as we grow with Queensland, you’ll know your contribution really counts as you grow too.

People who Count.

At Queensland Rail our people count above all else. You’ll see that yourself when you join our Apprentice Program. You’ll find experienced, down-to-earth people who will help you learn the ropes and all the support you need to excel and thrive- a dedicated team of Apprentice Coordinators, mentorship from highly skilled tradespeople, access to our Young Professionals Network and QRWomen: Collective.

Our people connect with each other and become part of something bigger. You’ll build connections that count too with your fellow apprentices and future mates.

Here, every single person counts, no matter their background. We’re a team of thousands and we’re proud of every single person’s journey. As we grow, we need more diverse backgrounds and perspectives than ever before to help us tackle the challenges ahead. For you, our future is focused on building an even greater organisation where everyone can thrive. Find out how you can get involved in our Diversity and Inclusion experience.

Progress that Counts.

Your journey matters. Start your journey with us and see where it can take you.

We’re proud of every apprentice who has built their career here. For some, it’s about the diverse range of work. For others, it’s about gaining new knowledge and experience through our Essential Skills program. At Queensland Rail, the opportunity is what you make it - and everything you learn will set you and your career apart.

Thinking about what comes next? The size of our organisation means new opportunities are often up for grabs.

Apprentices work in locations throughout regional Queensland such as Townsville, Maryborough, and Emerald, for example, as well as central locations based north and south of Brisbane.

So, when it’s time to take your next step, just put up your hand - we’ll help you carve out the future you’ve always wanted.

Learn more about our Apprenticeships.

As an Electrical apprentice at Queensland Rail, you'll work in the fascinating world of electrical systems within the rail industry. In this field, you might maintain plant, substations, rollingstock, and signalling systems, contributing to the reliability and safety of our network. You’ll also gain invaluable hands-on experience installing critical components that keep our operations running smoothly.

As a Telecommunications apprentice at Queensland Rail, you will be trained in the installation, maintenance, and repair of telecommunication systems and electronic equipment which is an integral part of the safe running of our rail network across the state. You’ll also assist in the reporting of the performance and condition of the telecommunication asset.

Rail Traction
As a Rail Traction apprentice at Queensland Rail, you’ll gain extensive knowledge and experience to become a skilled Linesperson. From construction to maintaining the overhead line network, you’ll play a vital role in keeping our electric trains moving and on time. This unique speciality in rail traction delivers an in-demand qualification that will take you places.

As a Mechanical apprentice at Queensland Rail, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in Mechanical Fitting or Diesel Fitting. You’ll gain invaluable experience repairing, servicing, and maintaining a variety of essential assets. Whether you're working on rollingstock, heavy earthmoving machinery or rail track maintenance equipment, your role directly contributes to the reliability and efficiency of Queensland Rail's operations.

As an Apprentice Plumber at Queensland Rail, you'll develop a comprehensive knowledge of plumbing work ensuring compliance with the National Construction Code and Queensland Plumbing Codes. You’ll play a crucial role in maintaining and repairing our facilities and heritage assets, including depots, stations and equipment rooms providing safe and well-maintained infrastructure for Queensland's transportation needs.

As an Apprentice Carpenter at Queensland Rail, you'll maintain and repair our diverse range of facilities and heritage assets, including depots, stations, and equipment rooms. Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll develop essential skills and knowledge tailored to the rail environment, ensuring our infrastructure remains safe and functional.

As an Apprentice Painter at Queensland Rail, you’ll get to make your mark on the presentation and preservation of historic and modern facilities to enhance the environment and experience for our people and commuters. You’ll get to develop your passion for precision and creativity and learn all aspects of preparation, application, and finishing.

Build your future.

Build the future of Queensland.

Become a Queensland Rail Apprentice today.

When it comes to apprentice programs in Australia, Queensland Rail stands out as a leading choice for your career.
Here, your future is in your hands.