Secure and practical apprentice and traineeships are under threat.

The Liberal Baird Government has begun a review into apprenticeships and traineeships training.  The Government plans to water down many employer obligations that make apprenticeships fair.

Protections up for grabs:

  • Allowing apprentices and trainees to be employed on a casual basis with no guaranteed minimum hours
  • Extending apprenticeships and traineeships to independent contractors who would need to find their own jobs
  • Taking apprentices and trainees out of the workplace and focusing on block periods in the classroom with no employment and no wages

A copy of the Government’s discussion paper is available here.

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