Earning while you are learning is one of the many benefits of becoming an apprentice or trainee. Apprentices and trainees have lower pay rates than other workers and they vary between occupation and industry. It is a good idea to do your research and find out about wages, entitlements and financial support you may get to assist you on your career journey before you begin.
Trainee wage rates may depend on your age, education level and the number of years since you left school. Apprentices wage rates are set in the award of the industry and job you are apprenticed to. Basic employment entitlements such as sick leave, overtime rates, and superannuation are set in your award for both trainees and apprentices
Your award may also state who is responsible to pay for an apprentice or trainee's training fees, and whether there are any travel, accommodation, or uniform allowance entitlements.
All the relevant information about the award you will be under, and the wages and allowances you entitled to can be found at the Fair Work Ombudsman website.