For apprentices and trainees

​​What you need to know

As an apprentice or trainee, you will combine full or part-time work with training. It's a paid position, so you earn as you learn.

You can begin an apprenticeship or traineeship while you are still at school, just out of school, or later in life.

You will enter into a training contract with your employer, and receive formal and on-the-job training to learn your trade or occupation.

To learn more about your entitlements and obligations as an apprentice or trainee, see:

Once you have completed your apprenticeship or traineeship you will get a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available in a wide range of industries. For information about the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship, see:

For ideas on courses and occupations, see:

Wages and conditions

Wages and conditions for apprentices and trainees are set by awards, approved enterprise agreements, or the national minimum wage and National Employment Standards.

Your employer is required by law to let you see a copy of your award or agreement.

You should also get the same entitlements as any other employee, such as annual leave, sick leave, public holidays and breaks.

To find out more about wages, benefits and allowances, see: