The Eurobodalla Shire Council welcomed 12 new trainees, apprentices and cadets this week.
The 2020 intake filled positions ranging from horticulture to asset support, engineering to business administration.
Moruya's Jack Harding joined the council's infrastructure team as a trainee design and survey officer.
"I'm looking forward to learning the ropes while I study for a diploma in civil engineering," Mr Harding said.
William Inglis has been visiting the area for the last 24 years and moved permanently to the area to take up a cadetship with the council's water and sewer team.
"I'm currently studying civil engineering with an environmental minor," Mr Inglis said.
"My grandparents live at Broulee and I've wanted to move here; this is a dream job, it's worked out really well."
General manager Catherine Dale said young locals often struggle to find employment within the shire and the council's program provided on-the-job experience alongside formal training.
"There was keen interest with hundreds of school leavers registering their interest," she said.
"I wish these successful applicants all the best as they acquire skills for the future and bring new perspectives to our team."