Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 [MA000020].
This award has entitlements for apprentices. This means that the training and fees information above applies to you.
The list below includes common apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Award:
- carpenter and/or joiner
- bricklayer/refractory bricklayer
Pay increases during an apprenticeship
The Building and Construction Award has competency-based pay increases. This means you move to the next pay level when you can show you've got the required skills. This happens when you have completed a certain percentage of the total competencies set out in your training plan (for example 25%). This might be earlier (but can't be later) than 12 months.
If you haven't completed the competencies at the end of 12 months, you'll still move to the next pay level.
Figuring out if you have reached the competency level that you need to get the pay increase will depend on:
- the competencies set out in your training plan
- approval by the training provider
- agreement from your employer.
If your employer doesn’t agree that you’ve met the competency level, check the Building and Construction Award for details on what you can do.
Example: Competency-based pay increases
Betty is doing a carpentry apprenticeship and is covered by the Building and Construction Award. Betty completes 25% of the competencies of her training plan. Betty now gets the pay rate for a stage 2 apprentice.
For more information on your training plan or how to determine what stage applies, contact the relevant state apprenticeship authority. Go to apprentices and trainees for contact information.
Overtime and shiftwork
Your employer can't make you work overtime or shiftwork if you're under 18. However, you can work overtime or shiftwork if you choose.
You can't be required to work overtime or shiftwork if it stops you from going to your RTO, unless it's an emergency.
Reimbursement of training costs
The training fees and textbook costs need to be reimbursed within:
- 6 months of starting the apprenticeship or a stage of the apprenticeship (eg. start of second year) or
- 3 months of starting training with the training organisation (whichever is later).
Time spent travelling to training
You don't get the daily travel allowance for days you attend trade school.
When you have to attend block release training and have to stay overnight, your employer will have to pay for the excess reasonable travel costs to and from training.
Excess reasonable travel costs include:
- the total cost of reasonable transportation
- accommodation costs (where necessary)
- reasonable expenses including meals.
It doesn't include payment for travelling time or expenses while you weren't in transit travelling to and from training. This payment applies instead of the living away from home distant work allowance.
These payments don't apply if:
- you could have attended a training organisation that was closer to your usual place of work and
- your employer didn't agree to the more distant training organisation.
The amount can be reduced if you're eligible to get assistance for travel costs to block release training under a government assistance scheme and:
- you have been paid this amount or
- your employer has told you in writing these payments are available to you.
Allowances for apprentices
You're paid the full amount of the following allowances:
- tool allowance
- industry allowances
- allowances for travel and expenses.
You get a percentage of the special allowance and the fares allowance.
The percentages are set out in the award. For the special allowance, they are based on the level of your apprenticeship. For the fares allowance, there are specific percentages set out in the fares and travel patterns clause.
Check the Building and Construction Award for more information about your allowances.
Making up lost time
When you have time off during an apprenticeship year that isn't paid leave or leave without pay specifically because of a shut down, you need to work the extra days before you can move to the next apprenticeship level.
The extra time you need to work will be reduced by any hours you worked in that year in excess of your ordinary hours.
If you're an apprentice in Queensland you may have different entitlements. Go to our Pay and Conditions Tool for more information.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Building and Construction Award summary.
Source reference: Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 [MA000020] clauses 15.1, 15.2, 15.5, 15.6, 15.8 and 25.2-25.4