Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their Rights
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Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their RightsThe Fair Work Ombudsman has just released a set of six videos to help young workers, including apprentices, understand and stand up for their rights in the workplace.  While most employers are fair and understand their responsibilities relating to Apprenticeship contracts, overall, young workers make up only 16% of the Australian workforce but account for 25% of all the requests for assistance from the Ombudsman – a disproportionately high level of requests from young people.

The new videos, released last week address issues commonly experienced by young workers and provide tips for dealing with workplace concerns.  Check them out directly, below:

Busting workplace myths

 Busting workplace myths

Workplace warning signs

Workplace warning signs

Tackling unfair treatment

Tackling unfair treatment

Unpaid Work

Unpaid work

Tips for apprentices

Tips for Apprentices

Starting a new job

Starting a new job

 

All videos are available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s YouTube channel.

ABBTF highly recommends apprentices use the quality information services provided by Fair Work.  It has publicised much of the Apprentice and young worker advice, here at this website, especially the Quick Quiz Questions page and in several blogs, most recently covering the issue of the underpaying of young workers.

Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Kristen Hannah said about the videos “We know that young workers can be more vulnerable as their limited workplace experience can result in a lack of awareness of their rights.  This is why our agency is focussed on equipping young workers with the knowledge and confidence they need to better understand their entitlements and provide them with information on how to resolve workplace issues.”

The Ombudsman has partnered with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) on this initiative, exploring current issues facing young people in the workplace.

Ian Stoneman
CEO ABBTF

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