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Wages and entitlements

School-based apprentices and trainees are a particular type of employee and are entitled to their own specific wage arrangements and entitlements.

Wages and entitlements (e.g. tool allowance) are managed by the Fair Work Ombudsman and vary depending on the award or agreement you are employed under.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to find out what pay and entitlements you should receive.

How many days will I work each year?

Your employer must provide you with a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment over each 12 month period from the date of commencement of the training contract. For training contracts in electrotechnology, a minimum of 600 hours (80 days) paid employment must be provided each 12 month period from the date of commencement of the training contract.

It is expected that your employer will provide 7.5 hours per week (in one day or over a number of part days) of paid employment which may be averaged over a three month period. If you are unable to meet the minimum requirements, it may be possible to work the additional time or days required during weekends or across school holidays.

View the ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet on the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website for further details on minimum paid employment.

Being paid for off-the job training

You may not be paid for off-the-job training.

The industrial awards that apply to your employer will specify whether you are paid for off-the-job training.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 for more information.