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Contract of Training

Your employment as an apprentice or trainee is established under a ‘Contract of Training’. This Contract establishes the legal relationship between your employer and you; it is the central document that forms the basis of both your employment and your training.

  • The contract is a contract for training that leads to the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification
  • The contract is also a contract for employment for the duration of the apprenticeship/traineeship
  • The contract can not be ended without the approval of the relevant State or Territory Government Training Authority, unless the contract is still within the probation period (usually not more than 3 months for a trade apprentice)
  • The apprentice and the employer must negotiate and jointly agree on a training plan which sets out the specific nature of the training and how it should be delivered 
  • If you are under the age of 18 at the start of the Contract, your parents or guardian will also need to sign the Contract.
  • If the you and your employer cannot resolve any disputes you may have between you over the Contract, you are obliged to contact the State/Territory Government Training Authority to request assistance or to access the appropriate dispute resolution processes
  • The Contract is successfully completed when there is agreement between everyone, the employer, Registered Training Organisation and you, that you have attained all the required competencies and achieved the qualification.

If you have any questions regarding your contract call the AMWU HelpDesk on 1300 732 698