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An apprentice can be part-time if their award:

  • provides for part-time employment
  • includes apprenticeship terms
  • doesn’t prohibit part-time apprenticeships
  • doesn’t limit apprenticeships to full-time employees only.


The Plumbing Award says that apprentices will be employed on a full-time basis. However, it also says that school-based apprentices and peak sports apprentices can be employed part-time.

This means that plumbing and fire sprinkler fitting apprentices can only be employed part-time if they’re a school-based apprentice or a peak sports apprentice.

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