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.