As an apprentice or trainee, you start earning a wage while you work and learn in the real world.

Apprentice and trainee wages

Apprentice and trainee wages are set by industry awards that outline pay rates, conditions, rights and entitlements.

To find out which award covers you, check out your apprentice or trainee training contract or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Competency-based wage progression

Your industry award may include competency-based wage progression which means you can move up to a higher wage as you achieve skills.

You can reach higher pay once you, your employer and training provider agree you have achieved new competencies.

For more information about competency-based wage progression, call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.


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