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8 things you need to know

8 things you need to know about apprenticeships:

  1. Within 3 months, your employer must enroll you in a vocational education and training course and arrange for the signing and lodgment of a Training Plan. 
  2. You must be paid at least minimum wage.  
  3. Your employer must provide the minimum conditions for your industry, including: 
    • Minimum rates of pay, penalty rates and overtime rates. 
    • Meal and rest breaks. 
    • Hours of work and rostering.  
    • Duties. 
    • Superannuation. 
  4. You must be supervised at work. 
  5. You must attend your training sessions - training time is paid time! 
  6. Your TAFE fees and textbooks must be reimbursed or paid for by your employer. 
  7. You are entitled to a safe workplace including being trained to work safely, be given appropriate PPE and safe equipment. 
  8. You have the right to refuse unsafe work & to report safety issues without fear.

If you are unsure of any of the above, contact The Young Workers Centre or find support here.