Labour standards and practice
The link between industrial arrangements and skill reform 2008
Client: NSW OIR - NSW Office of Industrial Relations
This report reviews the factors influencing the completion rate of apprentices and trainees can be improved, focusing on the contribution of employment conditions. It analyses twelve NSW state awards covering large numbers of apprentices and trainees, identifies provisions directly addressing the reasons for non-completion of courses, and makes recommendations including that industry based awards should contain a comprehensive range of provisions relating to the employment of apprentices and trainees, dealing with wages, allowances, reimbursements, hours, and the quality of on the job training.