Pathways Program cohort 2024

Pathways Program sets local talent up for career success

Maitland City Council is excited to welcome 15 local students and young professionals, providing them with the opportunity to gain practical experience and mentoring through its 2024 Pathways Program.

The Pathways Program, which has been running for several years, provides participants with structured training in areas such as accounting, business administration, civil engineering and cyber security.

The program places participants in one of five categories: traineeships, apprenticeships, cadetships, internships and graduate positions, ensuring individuals at various educational stages receive on the job learning tailored to their chosen careers.

Maitland Mayor Philip Penfold expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative saying, 'the Pathways Program not only provides valuable insights into the workings of local government but also equips participants with the skills and knowledge required for their chosen career paths.

‘This tailored approach ensures that the program aligns with the individual career aspirations of each participant.'

The program is designed to support Council’s objective of nurturing a skilled and innovative workforce that delivers an optimised service to the community of Maitland.

A notable number of past trainees, cadets and graduates have continued to pursue further opportunities at Maitland City Council.

Maitland City Council General Manager Jeff Smith says, 'the programs structured training, diverse categories and tailored approach reflect our commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and professionals.

‘Over the years, we’ve had numerous success stories of past participants who have continued to thrive, not only within Council but also in exciting opportunities beyond.’

To learn more about the Pathways Program and explore opportunities, visit