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Know what’s in your training contract

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As an apprentice, your training contract is a contract between you and your employer for employment and training for the duration of your apprenticeship. Once you have completed your probationary period, the contract cannot be terminated without the approval of the relevant state/territory apprenticeship authority unless both you and your employer agree to terminate it.

Your training contract outlines your rights and obligations as well as those of your employer. These rights and obligations are in addition to those that apply to all workers. 

Your training contract should identify the duration of the contract, the trade, the qualification you will study, the hours of work, who will deliver and assess your progress, how and when the training will be delivered, and the award or enterprise agreement that will specify other conditions of employment such as wages, penalty rates, leave etc.

Beyond the rights conferred specifically under a training contract, the rights of apprentices are no different to the rights that apply to all employees.

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