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Apprentice and trainee rights and responsibilities

Version 7.1
July 2015
Apprentice and trainee responsibilites (PDF, 226KB)

Rights of the apprentice or trainee

Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances.

Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices/trainees) within one working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy. Visit the wages and conditions page for some useful hints before calling the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding your pay and pay rates.

When employment is ceasing the employer and employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give an end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman's website.

Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman's website.

Obligations of the apprentice or trainee

Further responsibilities that relate specifically to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships:

It is the responsibility of both the employer and apprentice or trainee to select the training organisation.

It is very important that the employer and apprentice or trainee maintain open lines of communication and attempt to resolve disputes between themselves. If these attempts fail, the apprentice or trainee should contact the department through Apprenticeships Info for assistance and early intervention.

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