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Sarina Russo supports you from your recruitment, right through to the completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you need any advice, or have any issues on the job, get in touch with us straight away.

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Your agreement

You will enter into a formal agreement (Training Contract) as part of your apprenticeship or traineeship. The contract will address:

  • Commitment to work responsibilities
  • Commitment to training responsibilities

Commitment to work responsibilities

To comply with your commitment to work responsibilities, you must:

  • Attend and perform work in a professional and courteous manner in accordance with the employer’s requirements
  • Take care of workplace property and resources
  • Respect the rights of other apprentices and employees in the workplace
  • Respect confidentiality - information obtained from the employer is confidential and must not be disclosed without approval from the employer
  • Obtain consent from a parent or guardian if you are less than 18 years of age

Commitment to fulfil training responsibilities

To fulfil your training responsibilities, you must:

  • Make all reasonable efforts to achieve the competencies specified in the training plan and undertake any training and assessment required
  • Participate in the development of the training plan
  • Attend training sessions or supervised workplace activities and take advantage of learning opportunities
  • Maintain a record of training, i.e. a training record book

Administer and pay financial incentives

To ease your financial difficulties in the early years of your apprenticeship, the Australian Government provides financial support through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Employer obligations

Under your training contract and plan, your employer must:

  • Train you for the job
  • Adequately supervise you in the workplace
  • Allow you to participate in required training
  • Pay for the time you spend training at your training provider (excluding school-based apprenticeships)

Wages and conditions

To enquire about apprenticeship or traineeship wages and entitlements, Sarina Russo recommends you contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Wages for apprentices and trainees

Your wage is generally calculated as a percentage of the tradesperson or adult wage, depending on your year or level of the apprenticeship or traineeship. Progression through wage levels is determined by the attainment of competencies, the expiry of a period of time (e.g. 1 year), or a combination of both.

If you have already completed part of your apprenticeship or traineeship with another employer (or completed a relevant pre-vocational course), you may be entitled to credit for the competencies and the time you have been employed as an apprentice or a trainee. In some industries, minimum wages apply for adult apprentices and trainees. The age when an apprentice or trainee is considered to be an adult may also differ from industry to industry.

Wages for school-based apprentices and trainees

You're entitled to your own specific wage arrangements, depending on the relevant award or agreement.

Being paid for attending off-the-job training

Apprentices and trainees must be released from work without loss of pay to attend off-the-job training. In many cases, you are entitled to wages for all time spent on off-the-job training, regardless of when or where it is done (in some cases even at home).


The entitlements for apprentices and trainees are provided by the relevant award or agreement. Entitlements include hours of work, overtime, penalty rates, allowances (e.g. tool allowance), leave and termination of employment.

In some cases, school-based apprentices or trainees are not entitled to paid leave, but receive a loading in their pay to compensate. In other cases, they are entitled to a pro rata of the nominal leave entitlements.

Temporary employer unavailability

Please contact us on 1300 178 776 to discuss options.

Industrial action

Apprentices and trainees are treated as employees under the Commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009. You are free to choose whether or not to become a member of a union and are also free to choose whether or not to participate in lawful industrial action.

Get the support you need

Talk to your Sarina Russo representative straight away if you need any advice on any workplace matters.

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