Apprentice entitlements – Fair Work Ombudsman


As an apprentice you’ll get the same entitlements as other employees, such as annual leave, sick leave, public holidays and breaks.

You also need to know about your entitlements for your training, like whether you get paid to attend training and who pays for your training fees. Find out about:

There may also be specific entitlements in your award that apply as well. Read about:

For detailed information about rights and responsibilities as an apprentice, check out our Guide to starting an apprenticeship (DOCX 68.6KB) (PDF 1.7MB).

Best practice tip

You should also check your training contract for other entitlements.

There may be entitlements in awards and registered agreements that apprentices don’t get.

Time spent at training

Off-the-job training is time spent in structured training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). It’s often delivered at a site away from the workplace and referred to as trade school. It doesn’t include:

  • normal work duties or
  • supervised practice on the job.

Payment for time spent at training

Apprentices

The time you spend at trade school is paid time and is included in your ordinary hours of work (eg. 38 hours). You need to agree with your employer about how often you will go to trade school (eg. 1 day per week or week blocks of training).

If you don’t go to trade school when you’re supposed to, you don’t get paid for that time (unless you’re on sick leave or another type of leave).

School-based apprentices

The payment for trade school isn’t worked out based on the actual hours you go to training. Instead, you get paid for 25% of the hours you work for your employer each week.

This payment for training:

  • only applies when you’re a full-time school student
  • is paid at the full-time apprentice hourly rate (including any all-purpose allowances)
  • can be averaged over a semester or the year.

If you aren’t a full-time student you have to be paid your hourly rate for all the time spent in training.

Example: Payment for training for school-based apprentices

Sean is a full-time school student doing a school-based apprenticeship. He works 8 hours per week with his employer.

Sean must be paid:

  • for the 8 hours per week he works with his employer and
  • 2 hours per week for his off-the-job training (being 25% of 8 hours).

In total, Sean needs to be paid 10 hours per week.

Training costs – fees and textbooks

You have to be reimbursed for:

  • all the fees charged by your RTO that are related to your training
  • the cost of your prescribed textbooks for your apprenticeship.

Check your award to find out when you should be reimbursed.

When training costs aren’t reimbursed

An employer doesn’t have to reimburse you for fees and textbooks if:

  • your progress in the course is unsatisfactory
  • your employer pays the costs and fees directly to the training organisation, or
  • you aren’t working for them at the set time that the costs have to be reimbursed.

They also don’t have to reimburse you any part of the fees that the Government reimburses you.

 

Think a mistake might have been made?

Mistakes can happen. The best way to fix them usually starts with talking.

Check out our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:

  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can’t resolve it.

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Source: Apprentice entitlements – Fair Work Ombudsman

How Much Do I Have To Pay An Apprentice I Hire Today?


Are you thinking of hiring an apprentice? The question I get asked most often by potential employers is ‘How much do I have to pay?”. The easy answer for me is to say, “Call FairWork or go onto their website”. But thats not very helpful! So I have just gone through the Fair Work Ombudsman Pay Rate Calculator so you don’t have to! A word of warning, this is a guide only. If you have apprentices hired before today 01/07/16, the rates may be different. If your apprentice works underground, or has irregular work hours, the rate may be different. For now, you can download the rates by clicking this link for Junior Apprentice Rates BRICKLAYERS ONLY or this link for TILERS & PLASTERERS Junior Apprentice Rates excluding Brick,

In summary:

Version 2BRICKLAYERS ONLY
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.74/hr or $446.09/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.78/hr or $485.65/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.82/hr or $525.19/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.86/hr or $564.75/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.94/hr or $643.85/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $20.07/hr or $762.49/wk

fcta_00-26TILERS & PLASTERERS:
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.17/hr or $424.48/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.21/hr or $464.04/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.25/hr or $503.58/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.29/hr or $543.14/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.37/hr or $622.24/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $19.50/hr or $740.88/wk

Employers are ultimately responsible for paying their apprentices correctly. To make sure you are, visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ or call 13 13 94 and press option 3 for small businesses.

 

Builders Licensing – New Dates Announced


Our trade sub-contractors course is scheduled to run on the following dates:

 

Apply Legal: 20/1/2018 – 21/1/2018 & SMB Finance: 3/2/2018 – 4/2/2018

Apply Legal: 24/3/2018 – 25/3/2018 & SMB Finance: 7/4/2018 – 8/4/2018

Apply Legal: 2/6/2018 – 3/6/2018 & SMB Finance:  16/6/2018 – 17/6/2018

Apply Legal: 18/08/2018 – 19/08/2018 & SMB Finance: 1/9/2018 – 2/9/2018

Apply Legal: 6/10/2018 – 7/10/2018 & SMB Finance: 20/10/2018 – 21/10/2018

Apply Legal: 24/11/2018 – 25/11/2018 & SMB Finance: 8/12/2018 – 9/12/2018

Cost is $450 with CITB discount, or $950 without. Email admin@fcta.com.au to book a place, or call us on 8367 5615. The course runs from 9am – 4pm and is held at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill SA. Download our Trade Contractors License Flyer

Once successfully completed, applications for a BLD# can be made online:

Go to Electronic Licence Application Forms, click on application type and be guided through a series of questions.
Once you have completed the electronic application process, print the final document. Review the information and sign in the required areas. You can scan and submit and pay for your application online, or you can print and post your application and payment to us.

The application form, fees, and the required documentation must be sent to Consumer & Business Services for assessment (either by mail or by submitting electronically). If you live in a remote/regional area, you may lodge these documents and payment at a Service SA office or you can post them to Licensing GPO Box 1719 Adelaide 5001, or lodge them in person at their office in Adelaide.

If you fail to provide all the required documentation or fees, they may not be able to accept your application and it will be returned to you for completion. Your application form does have an expiry date. If you fail to lodge the application before the expiry date, you will have to complete a fresh application.

Current fees as of 22/06/2016 are as follows:

Application and Pre-grant fees Application fee Pre-Grant fee Total
Body Corporate – General building work licence $194.00 $913.00 $1107.00*
Body Corporate – specified building work licence $194.00 $470.00 $664.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $415.00 $803.00
Individual – Specified building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $213.00 $601.00
Application for approval of additional building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence $194.00 $415.00 $609.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – Specified building work licence $194.00 $213.00 $407.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Application for a building work supervisor registration $194.00 $213.00 $407.00
Amending licence/registration conditions
Application to vary a licence $150.00 $150.00
Application to vary a registration $150.00 $150.00

 

Periodic fees Total
Body Corporate Licence – general building work $913.00
Body Corporate Licence- specified building work $470.00
Individual Licence – general building work $415.00
Individual Licence – Specified building work $213.00
Building Work Supervisor Registration $185.00

 

Other fees Total
Default penalty for periodic returns $165.00
Replacement of licence card or certificate $25.50
Application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00

Assistance applying for license:

Another option open to tradespeople is to work with Sam Cottell at Trades SA. Sam will be able to review your applications, fill in paperwork and lodge forms on your behalf. Contact Sam on 0430206032 for more information, or visit his website http://tradesa.com.au/

This package deal could set a tradie up for life. Skills recognition and licensing without the hassle!


Do you have more than 4 years experience working as a bricklayer, tiler, stonemason or plasterer? You now have the opportunity to have your skills formally recognised and gain a contractors license. All licensing costs can be included depending on the package selected.1

The SA Government requires tradespeople to complete 2 business units before applying for a license. FCTA – Building Careers has teamed up with SA Trade Licensing for a limited offer.

Packages start at just $2500 and include the cost to recognise trade experience formally with a Certificate III. This is the same certificate apprentices study. There may be some gaps in your knowledge, and thats not a problem as all gap training costs are also included. This would cost over $4000 normally!

The package includes the cost of the 2 business units and a preparatory technical interview with SA Trades Licensing. Successful students will be able to legally run their own businesses and advertise for work. There will be a focus on educating people in the relevant Australian Standards and National Construction Code (formally called the BCA).

If you’ve been working in the industry for 4 years or more, chances are you already have a CITB membership. If not visit citb.org.au to apply. The cost of this package is $3000 for people without a CITB membership. 2

We have packages that also include filling in all application details, lodgement of forms and police checks from $3950 – this includes all government charges, no more to pay. If you are looking at investing in your long term success and establishing your own company, for $4950 we can take the work out of the paperwork! For more information, download our FLYER

Interested? Email admin@fcta.com.au or call us on 8367 5615 to discuss.

 

 

Are you paying your apprentice correctly? Fair Work are about to start checking


There are few things in business more complicated than hiring an apprentice. Recruitment issues aside, once you have found the person to employ you have to deal with a variety of different government and private companies to sign up your apprentice and try to grow your business at the same time. One very scary part of the process is working out the pay rate!

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To be absolutely clear, it is the employers responsibility to find out the correct rate and entitlements from Fair Work. Apprentice brokers, Trade Schools can all give you a guide, but if we tell you the wrong information, it’s the employer that wears the consequence. Understandably this is why many people you talk to will refuse to give you a guide about pay.

Fair Work have just announced that they will be running an educational campaign to let you know about rates and responsibilities. Its well worth visiting their website to find out more.

http://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/helping-the-community/campaigns/national-campaigns/building-and-construction-campaign

Jim Baff Scholarship: places offered in Certificate II Construction – applications open for 13th October 2014 course


FCTA – Building Careers offers a limited number of fee free training scholarships as part of the Jim Baff Scholarship programme. Jim opened FCTA in 2001 with the goal to deliver quality training in a flexible environment. As a former Rotary President, Jim had a strong desire to offer community assistance to people who had a good work ethic, and who wanted to change their lives via a career in the building industry. Places are limited, applications should be made to Trisch Baff at trisch@fcta.com.au, or calling 08 8367 5616.

Apprentice Pay Increase Information


Pay increases for new apprentices kick in from 01/01/2014. New apprentices will be paid on average an extra $45 – $145 per week extra. These increases do not apply straight away to existing apprentices. Employers thinking of employing an apprentice would be able to employ an apprentice under existing conditions if employed before 01/01/2014. Further, employers are now required to reimburse apprentices for trade school fees and material/ book costs.

Online Payment of Fees


Online payment via Paypal is now available for apprentices, the link is at the top of the page. Yearly tuition is a low $200 for apprentices, just call Kita on 08 8367 5615 to discuss if you’re having any issues paying the full amount. This fee is significantly less than most tuition charges, and is fully tax deductible.