Earn while you learn, gain real work-life skills, achieve a nationally recognised qualification and create a stepping stone to run your own business.
So, if you’re a school student, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a career change an apprenticeship can deliver professional, financial, and personal rewards.
Sarina Russo Apprenticeships will:
You will enter into a formal agreement (Training Contract) as part of your apprenticeship or traineeship. The contract will address:
Commitment to work responsibilities
To comply with your commitment to work responsibilities, you must:
Commitment to fulfil training responsibilities
To fulfil your training responsibilities, you must:
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.
Under your training contract and plan, your employer must:
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.
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.
Is a re-payable loan, paid to Australian Apprentices who are working in a trade identified on the Trade Support Loan Priority List. Up to $21,542 over 4 years duration or duration of the Apprenticeship.
Since 1 July 2019 there is an amendment to the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive. The qualifying age is reduced to 21 or over (previously 25). To be eligible your apprentice must be a undertaking an apprenticeship leading to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List and be paid above the Australian Minimum wage, currently $18.93 per hour.
Fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink:
Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24
Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over
ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age who are Indigenous Australians
Assists eligible individuals remain or commence in an Australian Apprentice if they have moved away from their parental or legal guardian’s home for the first time.
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is an incentive payable to an eligible employer. It is also available to an employer whose apprentice becomes disabled during their apprenticeship or traineeship. Pro rata per employment status. Up to $104.30 per week.
Up to $5,000 to help people with disability or mental health condition purchase a range of work related modifications and services if they are starting a job, currently working, or require help to find and prepare for work.
Eligibility criteria apply to all incentives and allowances. Australian and State Government incentives and allowances can be varied at any time without notice. All incentives have a 12 month claimable period from the date the incentive payment is made available.