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Apprenticeships and traineeships are formal training arrangements between you and an employee. To pay apprentice or trainee rates, the arrangement has to be registered with the relevant state or territory training authority.
Apprentice and trainee rates of pay and conditions come from their modern award and the National Employment Standards (NES).
Apprentices and trainees have the same conditions as other employees, including annual leave, personal leave and public holidays, except that their wages are different. Clauses 15 - 18 of the Manufacturing Award explain apprentice and trainee entitlements.
Visit the Apprentices and trainees section for general information including wages, signing up an apprentice or trainee, useful contacts and frequently asked questions.
Young workers may be unaware of their entitlements and obligations and might not feel comfortable talking to you. You should spend extra time with them explaining their rights and your expectations. This also has workplace health and safety benefits. Talking to them will ensure that they know to ask questions or to seek assistance before doing something that is potentially dangerous.
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