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Join the Transport team as a Graduate, Cadet, Scholar or VET Cadet.

Entry Level Talent Programs

At Transport, we’re dedicated to creating an efficient, world-class transport system. To do this, we need an innovative, diverse and skilled workforce to help us deliver key projects.

We're  looking for driven and passionate individuals from all walks of life to join us and our agencies. Entry Level Talent Programs provide people with the opportunity to join our team as a Graduate, Cadet, Scholar, VET Cadet or Aboriginal HSC Scholar.

A career in Transport offers:

  • Diverse opportunities across our agencies
  • Diverse projects that make NSW a better place to live, work and visit
  • Career development
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Access to mentors
  • Young Professionals Network (YPN) forums and events
  • Competitive remuneration package.

Our Programs

Transport offers a variety of programs in both regional and metropolitan areas of NSW and you have the choice of applying for either Sydney or Regional roles. We’re looking for talent from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: 

  • Engineering: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Planning, Environmental, Telecommunications, Software and Surveying
  • Business: Management, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Communications
  • IT: Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and IT.

How to apply

Potential applicants can apply for the Entry Level Talent Programs through the ‘I work for NSW’ website. Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of application.

Register your interest in our Graduate, Scholar and Cadet Programs. When applications open, we will email you a friendly reminder so you can get started on your application. Learn more about our Talent Programs recruitment process

Graduate Program

Our Graduate Program is a two-year development program, consisting of four six-month placements. You’ll be able to work full-time in metropolitan or regional areas, while enjoying a variety of Transport roles. Your placements can be completed across the Transport cluster agencies.

To be eligible for our Graduate Program, applicants must have completed* or be completing their final year of an undergraduate degree at university. Graduates with an overseas qualification must demonstrate that their degree has been officially recognised by the Australian Education International Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEINOOSR).

* Completed within two years of the Transport for NSW Graduate Program starting.

Cadet Program

The Cadet Program is a one- to two-year development program. Cadets are placed in business areas related to their undergraduate qualification. You’ll have the flexibility to work around your study obligations and can undertake the program in metropolitan or regional areas. 

Cadets are required to work a minimum of 14 hours a week during the university semester and 35 hours a week during university breaks.

To be eligible for the Cadet Program, applicants must be entering their penultimate or final year of their undergraduate degree at university.

Cadets may have the opportunity to stream into the Graduate Program once they complete the Cadet Program.

Applications for the Cadet Program are now open.

Scholar Program

Our Scholar Program is a three- to five-year program. You can gain invaluable work experience while you study with this versatile program, available across metropolitan and regional areas. Our scholars have the option to work 14 hours a week during the university semester and must work 35 hours a week during the university break.

Transport provides reimbursement for university fees at the end of each semester. Scholars must maintain a credit average to remain on the program.

To be eligible for the Scholar program, applicants must be entering their first or second year of their undergraduate degree at university.

Scholars may have the opportunity to stream into the Graduate Program once they complete the Scholar Program.

Applications for the Scholar Program are now open.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Cadet Program

Our VET Cadet Program is a two-year development program, for people from diverse backgrounds, looking to gain paid work experience whilst they undertake a Certificate IV in a related discipline such as business, surveying, IT or project management. The program is available in regional and metropolitan areas, 

VET cadets are required to work up to 35 hours a week while studying their vocational qualification with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or TAFE.

VET Cadets will have the opportunity to apply for roles within Transport at the completion of the VET Cadet Program.

Applications for the VET Cadet Program open in September each year

Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program

This is a great program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking work experience and financial support that complements career aspirations. 

More information on the Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program.

Applications for the Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program open in July each year.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Entry Level Talent Programs Team.


Talent participant profiles

  • Gabrielle Puskas

    Graduate, TfNSW Organisational Development

  • Chris Verviris

    Cadet, Roads and Maritime Services

  • Kawai Leung

    Scholar, Sydney Trains Major Works

  • Jamaine O’Brien

    VET Cadet, Centre for Road Safety

  • Mona Prescott

    Aboriginal HSC Scholarship Program recipient

Last updated: 16 June 2017