FAIR WORK COMMISSION
Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
Item 6,Sch. 5—Modern awards review
Modern Awards Review 2012—Apprentices,Trainees and Juniors
CHILDREN'S SERVICES AWARD 2010
JUSTICE BOULTON,SENIOR DEPUTY PRESIDENT
SYDNEY,22 NOVEMBER 2013
Transitional review of modern awards - apprentices,trainees and junior rates - common matters - consequential variations.
A. Further to the decision of 22 August 2013 1 and pursuant to Item 6,Schedule 5 of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009,the Children’s Services Award 20102 is varied as follows:
1. By inserting the following definition in clause 3.1 in alphabetical order:
adult apprentice means an apprentice who is 21 years of age or over at the commencement of their apprenticeship
2. By deleting clause 14.4 and inserting the following:
(a) Apprentices will be engaged in accordance with the relevant apprenticeship legislation and paid no less than an unapprenticed junior of the same age.
(b) For apprentices who commenced on or after 1 January 2014,the minimum rate of pay will be as set out in the table below,subject to the proviso in clause 14.4(a) that no apprentice will be paid less than an unapprenticed junior of the same age.
Year of apprenticeship
% of minimum rate for Children’s Services Employee Level 3.1 for apprentices who have not completed year 12
% of minimum rate for Children’s Services Employee Level 3.1 for apprentices who have completed year 12
2nd and subsequent years
3. By renumbering clauses 14.5 and 14.6 as 14.6 and 14.7.
4. By inserting a new clause 14.5 as follows:
14.5 Adult apprentices
(a) The minimum rate for an adult apprentice who commenced on or after 1 January 2014 and is in the first year of their apprenticeship will be 80% of the minimum rate for a Level 3.1,or the rate prescribed by clause 14.4,whichever is the greater.
(b) The minimum rate for an adult apprentice who commenced on or after 1 January 2014 and is in the second and subsequent years of their apprenticeship must be the rate for the lowest adult classification in clause 14.1,or the rate prescribed by clause 14.4,whichever is the greater.
(c) A person employed by an employer under this award immediately prior to entering into a training agreement as an adult apprentice with that employer must not suffer a reduction in their minimum wage by virtue of entering into the training agreement,provided that the person has been an employee in that enterprise for at least six months as a full-time employee or twelve months as a part-time or regular and systematic casual employee immediately prior to commencing the apprenticeship. For the purpose only of fixing a minimum wage,the adult apprentice must continue to receive the minimum wage that applies to the classification specified in clause 14.1 in which the adult apprentice was engaged immediately prior to entering into the training agreement.
5. By inserting Schedule F as follows:
Schedule F –School-based Apprentices
F.1 This schedule applies to school-based apprentices. A school-based apprentice is a person who is undertaking an apprenticeship in accordance with this schedule while also undertaking a course of secondary education.
F.2 A school-based apprenticeship may be undertaken in the trades covered by this award under a training agreement or contract of training for an apprentice declared or recognised by the relevant State or Territory authority.
F.3 The relevant minimum wages for full-time junior and adult apprentices provided for in this award,calculated hourly,will apply to school-based apprentices for total hours worked including time deemed to be spent in off-the-job training.
F.4 For the purposes of clause 3,where an apprentice is a full-time school student,the time spent in off-the-job training for which the apprentice must be paid is 25% of the actual hours worked each week on-the-job. The wages paid for training time may be averaged over the semester or year.
F.5 A school-based apprentice must be allowed,over the duration of the apprenticeship,the same amount of time to attend off-the-job training as an equivalent full-time apprentice.
F.6 For the purposes of this schedule,off-the-job training is structured training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation separate from normal work duties or general supervised practice undertaken on the job.
F.7 The duration of the apprenticeship must be as specified in the training agreement or contract for each apprentice but must not exceed six years.
F.8 School-based apprentices progress through the relevant wage scale at the rate of 12 months progression or the rate of competency-based progression for each two years of employment as an apprentice or at the rate of competency-based progression if provided for in this award.
F.9 The apprentice wage scales are based on a standard full-time apprenticeship of four years (unless the apprenticeship is of three years duration) or stages of competency based progression (if provided for in this award). The rate of progression reflects the average rate of skill acquisition expected from the typical combination of work and training for a school-based apprentice undertaking the applicable apprenticeship.
F.10 If an apprentice converts from school-based to full-time,the successful completion of competencies (if provided for in this award) and all time spent as a full-time apprentice will count for the purposes of progression through the relevant wage scale in addition to the progression achieved as a school-based apprentice.
F.11 School-based apprentices are entitled pro rata to all of the other conditions in this award.
6. By updating the table of contents and all cross-references accordingly.
B. This determination comes into operation on the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 January 2014.
SENIOR DEPUTY PRESIDENT
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