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Employment conditions for apprentices and trainees

Hiring an apprentice or trainee can be a great investment for your business. If you have the right employment arrangements in place, it will save you time and money in the long run.

It is important to understand relevant workplace laws and entitlements for your apprentice or trainee.  For example, this includes paying your apprentice/trainee the correct wages orr ensuring that your apprentice/trainee has employment arrangements in place which support their training. Contact Fair Work and/or see Tasmanian policies to check your employment arrangements are in order.

1What wages and entitlements do apprentices or trainees need?

Apprentices and trainees basically have the same entitlements as other employees.

Your apprentice/trainee will need to be a part-time or full-time employee. They cannot be employed on a casual basis.

It is your responsibility, as the employer, to ensure that your apprentice or trainee are paid according to the appropriate industrial arrangement. The wages payable to apprentices and trainees are often lower than a full wage rate. This is in recognition that the apprentice or trainee is still training.

In addition to wages, there are other costs the employer needs to consider when employing apprentices and trainees.  For example, these can include additional training costs, the provision of special equipment and administration costs.

2Employment arrangements for apprentices/trainees in Tasmania

In Tasmania, we want to ensure that the right employment arrangements are in place for your apprentice/trainee. This will provide them the best chance of completing their qualification, to result in skilled employees for your business.

These details are provided in Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) Policies and Guidelines I PDF 664KB but essentially, to be able to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship, you will need to ensure your potential apprentice/trainee has:

  • Guaranteed employment for the duration of the training contract AND
  • A regular pattern of work - usually this becomes the number of hours that is entered on the training contract and must then be offered to the employee on a consistent basis AND
  • Part-time workers need have a minimum of 15 hours employment per week, including on and off the job training.

There are also some additional requirements for school based apprentices or trainees. For more information see VET for school aged learners.

Need further information?

You can find information on employment conditions, rates of pay for industrial awards and other industrial relations matters by contacting the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au.

The Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeship Committee (TTAC) sets policies which govern most aspects of apprenticeships and traineeships, including the Employment Requirements for Training Contracts. Refer to the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee (TTAC) Policies and Guidelines I PDF 664KB.

Please note that neither Skills Tasmania or the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee are able to determine industrial relations matters or give advice about employment entitlements, wages or awards. Questions on those matters will always be referred on to the Fair Work Ombudsman.