​​​​Apprent​ice and trainee rights and responsibilities

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Apprentice and trainee responsibilites (PDF, 226KB)

Rights of the appr​​​entice 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, conditions and workplace requirements 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 th​​​e appre​ntice or trainee

    Attend work, do the job and follow the employer's lawful instructions.
  • Work towards achieving the qualification or statement of attainment stated in the training contract.
  • Participate in negotiating the training plan for the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Obey all workplace health and safety (including dress and equipment) and code of conduct workplace rules.
  • Undertake the training and assessment required under the training plan.
  • Pay student contribution fees to their training organisation (the employer may pay these on the apprentice or trainee's behalf).
  • Keep the training record and produce it to the employer, training organisation and/or the Department of Education and Training when requested.
  • Do not terminate the apprenticeship or traineeship before completion unless the apprentice or trainee and their employer mutually agree to cancel the training contract and notify the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or the department accordingly and in writing.
  • If it appears all required training and assessment will not be completed before the nominal completion date, talk to the employer and training organisation about applying to extend the training contract.

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

  • ​Ensure the school's agreement to the school-based arrangement has been obtained.
  • Commit to undertaking a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) paid work per 12 months (or 600 hours (80 days) for the electrotechnology field).
  • Talk to the school about how the training and employment will impact on the student's school timetable.
  • If the student is suspended or expelled from the school or the school withdraws their support to the school-based arrangement, contact the AASN provider or the department immediately to discuss how the apprenticeship or traineeship can be continued.
  • If the student changes schools, the support of the new school must be gained before the school-based arrangement can continue.
  • If the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is in the electrotechnology industry, ensure the required criteria have been met as outlined on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

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.

For further​​​ infor​mation


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Last updated
19 December 2016