Below you will find frequently asked questions relating to plumbing apprenticeships and getting started as a plumbing apprentice in Queensland. If you have any further questions, please contact MPAQ on 07 3273 0800 and chat with our friendly Workplace Relations team.
How do I start apprenticeship training?
- Secure employment with a licensed plumber. MPAQ have an employment page where you can post your resume or you can view vacancies that have been posted by MPAQ members. If you would like us to post your resume, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Find an Apprenticeship Network Provider to assist with creating and signing your training contract between yourself and your employer. MPAQ suggests contacting MEGT or BUSY at Work.
- Choose your training provider. Click Here to view a list of registered training providers in Queensland.
How much will I be paid?
Pay rates covered under a modern award are reviewed every year, your award will cover base rates of pay, overtime, penalty rates, allowances, leave, superannuation, minimum weekly hours and an industry-specific redundancy scheme.
Modern awards do not apply to an employer who is bound by an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA). The plumbing industry EBA is negotiated with the Queensland Plumbers’ Union to regulate the terms and conditions of employment under this agreement.
If you have any questions about your award or wage rate you should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman Website.
Is there Government support available?
As Plumbing is a qualification on the National Skills Needs List there are Trade Support Loans available to encourage more young people to take up a trade and complete their qualification. These loans are available to apprentices undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification. Click here to find out more information.
Your employer has just fired you. What should you do?
In this instance you should contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider immediately. Cancellation of a training contract should only be considered as a last resort once all efforts have been made to resolve the issues that threaten the apprenticeship or traineeship. Officers from the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) are available to help work through any issues you and your employer may have.
If your apprenticeship is cancelled, can you complete with another employer?
If DETE has approved the cancellation of your previous apprenticeship or traineeship, you may recommence it with another employer. You and your new employer will be required to sign a new Training Contract through your Apprenticeship Network Provider and you may be required to complete another probationary period with your new employer.
As an Apprentice, what can and can’t you do?
The below list is a narrowed version of what an apprentice can and cannot do. Apprentices may have broader rights and responsibilities under other instruments such as the Fair Work Act 2009, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010.
- Apprentices cannot subcontract;
- Apprentices cannot resign without prior approval from DETE;
- Apprentices cannot be terminated without prior approval from DETE;
- Apprentices must make a reasonable effort to achieve the competencies of their training plan;
- Apprentices must complete all assignments and assessment tasks set for them by their RTO;
- Apprentices cannot work alone or unsupervised; and
- Apprentices cannot sign-off on licensed work.