Apprentice and trainee rights and responsibilities

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What you need to know

As an apprentice or trainee in Victoria, you should get the opportunity to learn all the skills related to your chosen trade or occupation, through on-the-job training.

You should expect to be trained by a suitably qualified or experienced person, and to have the chance to learn how to use the tools and equipment commonly found in that industry.

You should expect to get hands-on experience in a wide range of relevant tasks, covering all the competencies set out in your training plan.

In return, you will be expected to:

  • attend and work in a professional and courteous manner, while respecting the rights of others at work
  • take care of your employer's property and resources, and treat employer information as confidential
  • make all reasonable efforts to achieve the competencies in your training plan, and complete all the required assessments
  • attend training sessions or supervised workplace activities, and take advantage of learning opportunities
  • maintain a training record book.
The video below will help you understand your rights and responsibilities.
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For more help understanding your obligations and expectations, see:

Apprentice and trainee checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your apprenticeship or traineeship is on track, and meets all legal requirements.

If you agree with these statements your apprenticeship is likely to be progressing well.

If you disagree with a statement or you are unsure, you can ask for advice from your registered training organisation (RTO), your Apprenticeship Network provider, or contact us.

Please note: The checklist uses the term 'apprentice' for both apprentices and trainees.

1. Training contract

▢  Within three months of commencing the training contract, I was enrolled with an RTO.

2. Training plan

▢  ​I have signed a training plan agreed to with my employer and the RTO.

▢  I have my own copy of my training plan.

▢  My training plan says what training I will receive and when (this can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination).

3. Workplace supervision

▢  I am supervised by a qualified and/or experienced staff member with relevant knowledge and skills.

▢  My supervisor/s checks my progress against the training plan.

▢  My level of supervision suits my own skills and knowledge (I am not asked to do things by myself that are dangerous or that I don't understand).

4. Workplace facilities and equipment

▢  The facilities and equipment available are suitable for the type of work required and are helping me to get the skills I need to complete my apprenticeship.

5. Work tasks

▢  I am asked to do work that helps me to develop the skills I need to work towards completing my qualification.

6. Competency based completion

▢  I know that I can progress through my apprenticeship at a rate reflecting my skills development rather than to a specific timeframe.​

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7. Industrial awards

▢ ​ I receive the correct pay. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information about apprentice pay rates and conditions.

To download a copy of this checklist, see: