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Success comes to those who are willing to put in the work. Along your journey with Programmed, you will develop new skills, meet innovative people and encounter experiences that will take your career to heights – and places – you really want to go.

With hard work and dedication your career can grow in the same way our organisation has – in giant strides. If you can imagine it, we can help prepare you for it.

From the top of tallest light towers in the MCG, the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, to the mines in WA, and in locations like wineries, hotels, container terminals and defence bases. Even our office-based jobs are exciting because we’ve worked with customers like the Adelaide Oval, Ronald McDonald House, Porsche and Mercedes Me.

No two days are the same. Because as one of Australia’s leading providers of operations and maintenance services working on some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and buildings; with customers numbering 10,000 and growing still, we make sure our employees are always learning so that they are highly skilled at what they do. This means you.

Programmed employs people from many diverse backgrounds in equally varied positions. Indoor jobs like finance, marketing and operations to those on the road like project management and business development. And if the great outdoors is your cup of tea, check out our abseil painting, grounds maintenance and signage teams.

Our journey began over 65 years ago, with one van and a few painters. Today Programmed employs over 20,000 people across Australia and New Zealand providing all kinds of services, from painting, signage, grounds and building refurbishments to providing data communication, lighting, audiovisual and electrical technology installations. We also look after industrial and facility maintenance and are Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of managed workforce and training services.

Our continuing growth means there is an opportunity for you to develop and grow with the company. With Programmed, we’ll help you on your journey throughout your career.

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Working at Programmed

Equality and Diversity in the workplace

We believe in providing an equal and diverse workplace where everyone feels welcome. Our commitment to diversity focuses on cultural and generational diversity. This includes providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities and improving gender balance in the workplace.

Indigenous Engagement

Programmed is a recognised service provider for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy. We are committed to providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with sustainable employment opportunities. Ensuring they gain relevant skills and experience that will set them up for a lifetime of employment.

Attitudes and Values

We put people first, which is why we have a culture that focuses on personal safety, teamwork, accountability, recognition, honesty, integrity and customer service. These values and attitudes allow us to fulfil our commitment to our customers and employees.

Training and Development

Whether you are settled on a career or are looking to explore different opportunities, Programmed encourages employees to gain new experiences and skills. As you progress throughout your career, we will assist you with training, mentoring and the opportunity for further study and upskilling.

Make a difference

We value thought leadership and encourage everyone to bring new ideas, thoughts and fresh perspectives to our workplace. As a Programmed employee, you are encouraged to make decisions and speak to management when you have a new idea.

Safety First

Safety is a core part of our business, which is why we have a zero-harm culture. We want you to return home the same way you arrived, injury-free. Our approach to safety ensures we are taking the necessary steps so that you, our customers and the environment is always safe.

Follow your path

We work closely with employers and businesses from a range of industries including:

  • Commercial and Retail
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Defence
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Mining, oil, and gas
  • Tourism and sport
  • Government and infrastructure
  • Health, aged and community care
  • Utilities
  • Business services
  • Telecommunications
  • Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)

You could work here

Working at Programmed means you could work with customers, including:

  • Anglo Australian Telescope
  • ANZ
  • Australian National University
  • Australian Unity
  • Baptcare
  • Brown Brothers
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Medibank
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of New South Wales
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA)

Employee Benefits

At Programmed, we like to reward our employees for all their hard work. Whether it is with chocolates, cake or coffee, Friday lunch or staff gatherings, we love rewarding our staff. Birthday coming up? Get ready for a resounding rendition of Happy Birthday.

Opportunity to grow

Everyone has different goals and ambitions. Which is why we are committed to helping you succeed in your career. We are here to help you grow and explore opportunities within the company. With the right training and mentoring, we’ll help you progress.

All we seek is a can-do attitude from you.

Traineeships & Apprenticeships

Whether you’re interested in a short course to kick start your career, a formal apprenticeship, or training to extend your existing knowledge, Programmed Training Services can help you build the skills you need to realise your potential.

Great jobs with great companies

We match people with great career opportunities in a range of industries including telecommunications, NBN, engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics, health, community services, business, management, utilities, infrastructure, mining, resources and customer service.

Nationally recognised qualifications

As a Programmed apprentice or trainee, you’ll receive on-the-job training towards a nationally recognised qualification. All our trainees are supported by a dedicated field officer who provides ongoing coaching, mentoring and support, monitoring both on- and off-the-job progress, safety awareness and safety talks throughout your apprenticeship/traineeship.

Train with Australia’s best

Over the past decade, we have employed more than 8,500 apprentices and trainees, assisting each person to become qualified for the career they desire. Each year we support more than 1,500 trainees and apprentices, and help over 6,000 people to complete training courses.

Liam O’Brien completed his carpentry apprenticeship on Rottnest Island and became a full-time employee with Programmed.

Liam is an integral part of the Programmed team, who rely on him to assist in after-hour emergencies and his licensed ability to drive any vehicle on the island. Liam is also the captain of the Island Volunteer Fire Service team and has a reputation for having great potential for career growth.

We caught up with Liam to hear about his progress.

What made you move over to the island?
After high school, I permanently moved onto the island for the great surf, which is a passion of mine. That would be about eight years ago now. Rottnest is now my home, and the community here is my family.

How did you start your apprenticeship with Programmed?
When I arrived, I made many connections with the Programmed team through my hospitality work on the island. I also became quite involved with the Volunteer Fire Service, which is strongly supported by Programmed. Through those connections, I heard about the apprenticeship and successfully applied.

What has your time as an apprentice for Programmed been like?
I’ve been part of the Maintenance team as a carpentry apprentice, and I’ve been fortunate enough to get exposure to all levels of maintenance given the nature of work on the island. My line manager, Colin Trinidad, has shared a wealth of information with me across his experiences, which has been great. Being part of the team has taught me a lot, and I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship.

What are your plans now that you have completed your apprenticeship?
I have a young family, so having this opportunity to be a part of Programmed will help set us up for the future. I’m excited about the possibilities and continuing my work in the community.

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Inspiring change

Why Programmed? At Programmed, you’re valued for who you are.

We’re 100 per cent committed to you. This means we pursue gender equity, both in pay and job opportunities. Each day we take steps to ensuring gender balance within our workforce because we want to be known as an employer of choice for women.

Every day new opportunities unfold for women in Programmed; in trades teams as painters, gardeners, electricians and in office-based roles. There are many opportunities for leadership and learning; for fulfilling ambitions, following passions and discovering real joy.

Come join Programmed and be among the many women finding true satisfaction in jobs that do not always follow traditional career paths.

Make your story a part of ours as we broaden mindsets, empower young women and inspire change.

Meet Emma

Emma Reynolds – Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Apprentice

Uncertain of what to do after finishing Year 10, Emma was encouraged by her dad and uncle to apply for a trades position at Programmed.

Today, she is a second-year airconditioning and refrigeration apprentice based at Programmed’s Wollongong branch. Among the customer sites under her care are Bluescope Steel and the University of Wollongong.

Since commencing with Programmed two years ago, Emma has gained skills that will be useful for the rest of her life and knowledge she can pass on to others.

Her day consists of installing airconditioning and refrigeration units, finding faults and repairing the units and she is now able to fully install, remove repair and maintain air conditioning units and refrigeration systems.

A core value important to Emma is safety because she knows that being safe ensures she returns home the same way she came to work – injury-free.

How did you decide on an apprenticeship with Programmed?

“Pursuing a trade wasn’t something I was always interested in doing. It came about when I was talking to my dad one day who has done a trade and he also works for Programmed. I did a bit of research and found out that a trade was actually something I wanted to do.”

What is your career goal?

“I have always felt welcomed and supported by Programmed in every aspect. After my apprenticeship, my goal is to complete my electrical trade and progress into leadership roles.”

What advice would you give women who are considering taking up a trade apprenticeship?

“Do it. Go for it. When I am working I feel equal to everybody else. I do the same work, I communicate the same way. It’s totally different to what everyone says. Programmed looks after their workers really well and makes us all feel comfortable and we all feel like a team. There is always someone to talk to if you need anything and they are really supportive of everything that you do.”

Meet Kristy

Kristy Maher – Grounds Team Leader

Kristy started her apprenticeship with Programmed 12 years ago. Her career started off working with different mobile crews looking after the gardens and lawns of hospitals, nursing homes, schools and sports fields. She also had the opportunity to look after Waverley Park- home ground to the Hawthorn Football Club – and on occasion, the Village Glen retirement village, 9 hole golf course.

Upon completing her apprenticeship and obtaining her qualification, the team leader role for the Village Glen retirement village, 9 hole golf course became available; and she quickly put her hand up for the role. Soon, Kristy was assigned to other sites Programmed was responsible for. This expanded her experience and honed her expertise, including mastering the use of specialised turf equipment, providing turf advice and even training two apprentices.

Now, Kristy runs a team looking after a nine-hole golf course within a retirement village. She is responsible for the daily maintenance of the golf greens, fairways and gardens. This includes mowing, whipper snipping, raking bunkers, chemical applications and also yearly planning for renovation works where we use specialised machinery to help prevent pest and disease in the turf, and creating a smooth playing surface for the golfers.

How did you decide on an apprenticeship with Programmed?

“I used to work in hospitality and knew I wanted a job outdoors in nature. I enrolled to do a Certificate II in Parks and Gardens to see if I actually liked it and got a job offer halfway through my course. I hadn’t heard of Programmed at the time, so I did a bit of research and realised it was a large company. I saw job security in that, and went for an apprenticeship.”

What is your career goal?

“Currently I’m involved in the early stages of implementing a mentor program. I’m passionate about mental health and safety. I’d absolutely love a role where I could still be hands-on but also help the company to get the most out of their staff by focusing on individual needs.”

What advice would you give women who are considering taking up a trade apprenticeship?

“We are such a diverse company. This industry needs both men and women of all ages with all kinds of skill sets and different ways of thinking to keep thriving. Programmed rewards outstanding workers and there are great opportunities within our company. Programmed will support you in your work to meet your personal ambitions where possible, so you should really consider it.”


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Apprentice Painter

Be part of an established brand with real career progression opportunities, exposure to a variety of client sites and earn while you learn!

South East/Mornington area, VIC
June 30, 2021

Apprentice Painter

Trades & Maintenance

South East/Mornington area, VIC
June 30, 2021

Apprentice Painter

  • Be part of an established brand with real career progression opportunities
  • Exposure to a variety of client sites
  • Earn while you learn!

At Programmed we are passionate about sourcing great local talent and providing our people with opportunities for growth and development.  We have a long and proud history of employing apprentices in our business with many of our leaders having started their careers undertaking an Apprenticeship.

We believe that everyone can take up a career as a painter and an apprenticeship will ensure you receive formal training and hands-on experience in a supportive environment to succeed in the role.

The Role

Due to continued growth we are looking for hardworking and enthusiastic individual to join our team in the South East as a 1st year Apprentice Painter. Our painting work takes us to many interesting commercial sites and projects.

Working closely with a team of qualified painters, a project and branch manager and even other apprentices you will learn all facets of painting whilst being provided with a safe working environment.

Your week will incorporate learning the trade at Tafe and receiving hands-on experience on a customer site.

We will invest in you over the four-year apprenticeship so you can continue your career with us as a qualified painter and provide you with the opportunities to progress to be team leader or even a project manager or branch manager.

An apprenticeship can open up a world of possibilities.

Skills and Experience

  • Motivation to succeed and a willingness to learn
  • Values team work and has a positive attitude to working in a safe and productive manner
  • Ability to follow direction with excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to listen and understand customer and company requirements
  • Commitment to building a long term career
  • A current driver’s license

This is an outstanding opportunity to begin your career with an industry leader. It is the ideal role for someone who has a genuine interest in the Property Service, Paint industry.

To find out more or to apply directly email

Who are we?

Programmed Property Services is a leading provider of painting, signage and grounds maintenance services across a multitude of industries.  Working with Programmed Property Services means you will become part of the Programmed family: a company that encourages career development, supports flexibility and cares about your personal wellbeing and safety.

Employee Benefits

Programmed offers a range of benefits to our employees including paid parental leave, great discounts with selected retailers and an Employee Assistance Program, which incorporates a tailored wellbeing initiative.

Our Commitment

Programmed and PERSOLKELLY supports a workplace culture of zero harm and encourages this in all that we do.

Programmed and PERSOLKELLY strives for diversity, inclusion and equality of our people. We seek a workforce that is representative of the communities we work in. We encourage people of all cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation or abilities to apply.

To learn more about working with Programmed and PERSOLKELLY, we encourage you to visit our website.

June 30, 2021