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Working hours

A full time apprentice under 18 years of age does not have to work more than 38 hours a week unless the additional hours (known as overtime), requested by the employer are reasonable. An apprentice may refuse to work additional hours if they are unreasonable for the following reasons; health and safety or the apprentice’s personal circumstances, such as family circumstances.

If you work overtime, you should be paid at a higher rate of pay for the additional hours.

Your employer is legally obliged under the Training Contract to release you for attendance to off-the-job training for your apprenticeship so you should not be required to do overtime at times when you should be at training.

Want to find out more call your union today on 1300 732 698.