Wages and entitlements for apprentices and trainees
Apprentices and trainees usually receive special pay rates while they complete their qualification. You can only pay apprentice or trainee wages if you have a formal, registered training contract with them.
Pay rates are set out in the award or agreement that applies to your business. It can vary based on the age, length of the apprenticeship or traineeship, how much training they have completed, and if they are an adult or school student.
When you employ an apprentice or trainee you must:
- pay them for work as well as time spent training on the job (supervision and mentoring),
- release them for off-the-job training while still paying them.
School-based apprentices and trainees
School-based apprentices and trainees are a special type of employee and have their own specific wage arrangements and entitlements.
You must pay your apprentice or trainee superannuation for their retirement, just like other employees.
You must insure your apprentice or trainee against work-related injuries if you own a business in Queensland.
Depending on the type of business, you may have to provide your apprentice or trainee with a tool allowance.
Workers' unions and industrial action
Apprentices and trainees, like other employees, can choose to join a union and take part in industrial actions like strikes, go-slows, overtime bans or call out bans.