Trainee entitlements

A trainee is an employee who is working towards a qualification (other than a trade qualification) in a particular industry under a formal training contract.

As a trainee, many of your entitlements will be the same as other employees. These are your minimum entitlements under the National Employment Standards and include annual leave, sick leave, public holidays and breaks.

Most trainees get their conditions and entitlements from Schedule E in the Miscellaneous Award. Other entitlements like payment for time spent at training may depend on the award or registered agreement that applies.

Use our Find my award tool to check which award you’re covered by. You can find enterprise agreements and other registered agreements at Fair Work Commission website – Find an agreement.

Check your award specific entitlements to see what applies to you.

Training costs and fees

Some awards set out rules and entitlements for training contracts and payment for training fees. If the award doesn’t cover this, it will depend on what was agreed to by the employer and the employee in the training contract.

Some awards say that employers are required to pay for training fees charged by the trainee’s Registered Training Organisation. They can include:

  • course fees
  • the cost of course required textbooks
  • the cost of assessment materials.

There are some exceptions to this. To understand more about your training costs and fees, see our Trainee’s training costs library article.

Find your award specific entitlements

Find information about trainee entitlements in your award by selecting from the list of industries below.

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If your award is not listed, see our List of awards to access the one that applies to you.

Tools and resources

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