Yes, apprentices and trainees are paid their normal hourly rate for the time they are in training. Questions about Australian Apprenticeship wages and awards can be answered by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The awards which covers your business can also state who is responsible to pay for an apprentice or trainee's enrolment fees, materials fee and whether there are any travel, accommodation, or uniform allowance entitlements.
To find out all of these details, call the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or go to www.fairwork.gov.au.
If you are employing through a Group Training Organisation you need to ask if you will be invoiced for the hours your apprentice or trainee is at training.