Thank you for your interest in taking on a Master Builders apprentice or trainee. Whether you choose to use Master Builders Apprenticeship Services (MBAS) or Master Builders Apprenticeship Services Plus (MBAS+), we will be with you every step of the way.
Training a Master Builders apprentice or trainee is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to the development of future tradespeople and a stronger building and construction industry. We are delighted that you have chosen Master Builders to support you on this journey.
Here, we outline the details, terms and conditions and all you need to know about MBAS and MBAS+ services, your responsibilities, our responsibilities to you, and the ongoing support that we will provide!
MBAS and MBAS+ are services offered by Master Builders Association of New South Wales Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) which is the Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)
The Master Builders Association of New South Wales (Master Builders) is the leading building and construction industry association across the state. A not-for-profit organisation, it is chartered with representing and furthering the interests of the building and construction industry.
Master Builders provides representation and services to members and the industry in key areas such as industrial relations, occupational health and safety, legal and contracts, training, and government legislation.
Master Builders also seeks to develop alliances with key organisations to provide members with direct commercial benefits.
Master Builders was established in 1873, making it the oldest employer association in Australia. With over 8000 members in NSW and eight regional offices throughout the state, Master Builders is the only industry body that represents all sectors within the building and construction industry.
The Master Builders Head Office is located at Forest Lodge, Sydney and its Education Centre is located in the Norwest Business Park, Norwest. Master Builders also has dedicated regional offices in Ballina, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Gosford, Wollongong, Ulladulla, Albury, and Orange.
Through Master Builders Apprenticeship Services, we have been committed to supporting, promoting, and employing apprentices in the building and construction industry for more than 40 years.
When you use Master Builders Apprenticeship Services (MBAS), you are supported by a dedicated team of experts. We will manage all of the contractual and administrative responsibilities of taking on an apprentice or trainee, leaving you free to focus on running your business.
MBANSW employs apprentices and trainees, and places them with tradespeople and builders, known as Training Employers. This provides Training Employers with the flexibility to take on apprentices and trainees in a manner that best suits their business.
Training Employers are responsible for supervising the apprentices/trainees and managing their on-site activities.
The Training Employer plays a central role in the apprenticeship system and through MBAS you will have the peace of mind of knowing you are fully supported every step of the way in the process.
Master Builders Apprenticeship Services Plus (MBAS+) provides you with the best of both worlds – Master Builders does all the heavy lifting in the first six months undertaking all the recruitment, contractual and administration management of the apprentices or trainee. Then once your apprentice or trainee has settled in, you can choose to take over their employment.
You utilise MBAS (as described above) to take on an apprentice or trainee for the first six months of their employment. After six months, if you and your apprentice or trainee are in agreement, you can choose to transfer their employment directly to you.
Training Employers seeking to access MBAS+ will be subject to a transfer fee when the apprentice or trainee is transferred from MBAS to direct employment with the Training Employer.
MBAS+ provides you with a safety net during that crucial first six months, taking away the uncertainty and risk involved in employing a new apprentice or trainee. Your MBAS+ apprentice or trainee comes to you fully screened, inducted, and trained in entry level safety and construction skills PLUS you will gain a trusted partner to guide you through the apprenticeship process until you are ready to go it alone.
Safety is a major focus for MBANSW, and prospective Training Employers are required to satisfy the Master Builders Minimum Safety Standard prior to taking on a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
Our dedicated team will assist potential Training Employers to ensure that your safety management systems and practices meet our minimum safety standards, not only keeping our apprentices and trainees safe, but helping to improve site safety across your entire team.
MBANSW would like to ensure Training Employers are fully aware of their supervisory and safety responsibilities and requirements. Below are a list of responsibilities and requirements that all Training Employers are required to meet and maintain:
Apprentices and Trainees cannot be placed with a Training Employers that has been deemed as Prohibited Employer as defined in the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act (2001) Section 14.3
In the event of an injury to an MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee, please undertake the following actions:
MBAS and MBAS+ are available to all businesses in the building and construction industry in New South Wales.
Businesses that utilise the services of MBAS and MBAS+ are hereafter known as Training Employers.
1.1 MBANSW is responsible for the administration of apprentices and trainees employed by MBANSW. These responsibilities include:
2.1 MBANSW will not be bound by any additional or conflicting conditions unless they are accepted in writing by the Apprenticeship Services Manager or the General Manager Education and Apprenticeships. These conditions may change at any time and new terms and conditions will be issued. This agreement is deemed to have been accepted in full when the Training Employer has signed the Training Employer Contractual Agreement.
3.1 MBAS and MBAS+ Training Employer invoice rates are based on apprentice and trainee industry awards and/or enterprise agreements.
3.2 If the nature of the work performed for the Training Employer, or conditions applicable at the Training Employers’ site changes causing the apprentice or trainee wage to change, MBANSW reserves the right to amend accordingly its invoice rates to the Training Employer.
3.3 The MBAS and MBAS+ Training Employer Invoice Rates include:
3.4 The MBAS and MBAS+ Training Employer Invoice Rates do not include:
These are invoiced as a separate line item as per the supplied invoice rate sheet.
4.1 MBAS and MBAS+ apprentices and trainees are employed under a training contract with MBANSW. The working week can be made up of hours worked on site, at off-the-job training, annual leave, sick leave, rostered day off, inclement weather etc and is in accordance with the relevant award conditions. Details of the relevant award conditions can be found at:
Building & Construction General On-Site Award 2020 (MA000020)
Plumbing & Fire Sprinkler Fitting Award 2020 (MA000036)
Joinery and Building Trades Award 2020 (MA000029)
Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020 (MA000002)
Timber Industry Award 2020 (MA000071)
Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020 (MA000010)
5.1 The Training Employer must advise MBANSW if there is an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) covering the Training Employers business or company, or the site where the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentices or trainees will be working. MBANSW will administer the EBA wage and payment conditions.
5.2 Please note that it is the responsibility of the Training Employer to notify MBANSW of any changes to their EBA. Any backpay of wages or allowances owed to the apprentice or trainee due to changes to the EBA will be invoiced to the Training Employer, including an administration fee of 2%.
6.1 If you no longer require the services of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee, you are required to notify MBANSW and the apprentice or trainee of 2 weeks’ notice. This notice will be in writing and be emailed to [email protected] A phone call or text will not be accepted.
6.2 The notice period is 2 work weeks from the date the notice is given. If permitted by the Training Employer, MBANSW may be able to place the apprentice or trainee with another Training Employer earlier than the completion of the 2 week notice period.
6.3 If MBANSW places the apprentice or trainee earlier than the completion of the notice period, the Training Employer will not be invoiced for the remaining time of the notice period.
6.4 The notice period may be waived by MBANSW Apprenticeship Services Manager approval where special circumstances prevail. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to theft, damage to property or person whether it be threat or actual, an unsafe environment or severe disciplinary circumstances.
7.1 The Training Employer must not under any circumstances transfer or delegate the services or supervision of an MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee to any person, business, or company. The Training Employer is at all times responsible for the direct supervision and safety of the apprentice or trainee. If you no longer require the services of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee, you may return the apprentice or trainee to MBANSW with the relevant notice.
8.1 Approval to take RDO’s must be sought by the apprentice or trainee and given by the Training Employer.
9.1 An apprentice or trainee must seek the approval of the Training Employer to utilise their annual leave entitlements.
10.1 Apprentices and trainees must notify their Training Employer of any absence from work as soon as they are aware that they will not be able to attend work.
10.2 If the absence is due to sick leave and is likely to be more than five days, or there have been excessive absences, the Training Employer should notify MBANSW.
10.3 The Training Employer is not invoiced for personal leave.
11.1 The apprentice or trainee is required to give MBANSW and their Training Employer notice of the upcoming attendance for jury service, proof of such attendance and any monetary amount received for jury service.
12.1 Apprentices and trainees must work the day before and the day after a public holiday to be entitled to wages for the public holiday unless a medical certificate is provided. Approved personal leave is accepted.
12.2 An apprentice or trainee may work on a public holiday provided the request is reasonable. The Training Employer will be invoiced for the time worked at the relevant invoice rates.
13.1 If the apprentice or trainee is using their own vehicle to drive from site to site, to pick up materials or drive more than 50kms from the registered business address of the Training Employer, an additional charge is invoiced in accordance with the relevant award.
14.1 If an apprentice or trainee is on a project where an industrial dispute occurs that results in a stoppage of work, the Training Employer should find alternative duties for the apprentice or trainee. If this is not possible, the apprentice or trainee may be sent home and paid for the day and the Training Employer will be invoiced.
14.2 Please contact MBANSW with all the details of the dispute should your apprentice or trainee be involved in any industrial action.
15.1 It is the Training Employer’s responsibility to ensure that PPE (e.g. gloves, hearing/eye protection etc) required by the apprentice or trainee for work is worn correctly.
15.2 MBANSW provides every new apprentice or trainee with a backpack that includes a PPE kit containing:
15.3 MBAS Field Officers carry PPE to issue to apprentices and trainees as needed.
15.4 If the apprentice or trainee requires specialised PPE for a particular task, such as fall arrest systems, it is the responsibility of the Training Employer to provide this PPE.
16.1 Where a Training Employer is concerned or dissatisfied with the performance of an apprentice or trainee, the issue should be raised with MBANSW immediately so the details can be discussed, and the best solution found.
16.2 The Training Employer must notify MBANSW when the apprentice or trainee leaves or is absent from work.
17.1 As the Training Employer you have a legal responsibility to prevent harassment and bullying. Workplace harassment and bullying can be based on grounds such as sex, race, disability, age, pregnancy, marital status, homosexuality, transgender, or HIV/AIDS status.
18.1 The Training Employer is responsible for the care and supervision of MBAS or MBAS+ apprentices and trainees while placed with the Training Employer.
18.2 MBANSW is not liable for any loss or damage to any property or for death or personal injury (to the Training Employer’s personnel) caused or contributed to by a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee (whether by negligence or otherwise) while placed with the Training Employer.
18.3 The Training Employer will indemnify MBANSW against liability for any such claims made against MBANSW or its employees.
18.4 MBANSW will use all reasonable endeavours to meet the Training Employer’s requirements and ensure the quality of its apprentices and trainees.
19.1 The minimum placement period for a MBANSW apprentice or trainee is 4 weeks.
19.2 This 4-week period can include the notice period.
19.3 Changes to this minimum period require approval by the MBANSW Apprenticeship Services Manager and/or the General Manager Education and Apprenticeships.
20.1 MBANSW and the apprentice or trainee have entered into a contract of training and employment which is legally binding. MBANSW is committed to support the apprentice or trainee to the completion of their apprenticeship or traineeship. The apprentice or trainee is obliged to abide by this contract and perform their duties and responsibilities.
20.2 If a Training Employer wishes to directly employ a MBAS apprentice or trainee through MBAS+, the following conditions must be met:
20.3 If the Training Employer wishes to directly employ a MBAS apprentice or trainee outside of an MBAS+ arrangement (within 6 months of commencement), then the following conditions must be met prior to the approval of a transfer:
Note: MBAS and MBAS+ are services offered by Master Builders Association of New South Wales Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) which is the Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)
MBANSW recognises the importance of good safety management practices to minimise the risk of harm or injury to apprentices and trainees. As such we have developed the Master Builders Training Employer Safety Service (Safety Service) to assist Training Employers in the implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of their safety management practices.
Every Training Employer is engaged with the Safety Service from the commencement of the process of taking on a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
Before a Training Employer can take on a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee, they must satisfy the MBAS Minimum Safety Standard. MBANSW will review the current safety practices of the Training Employer and if gaps are identified between their current safety practices and the MBAS Minimum Safety Standard, the Safety Service will assist prospective Training Employers to bridge the gap.
This is a free service for all Training Employers and is available throughout the period of the engagement of a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
The Service includes:
Please complete the Master Builders Minimum Safety Standard Questionnaire to assist in identifying any gaps between your current safety practices an the Master Builders Minimum Safety Standard.
Training Employers may contact the MBANSW for assistance or advice at any time by emailing [email protected] or by calling (02) 8586 3533.
This is the Contractual Agreement between Master Builders Association of New South Wales Pty Ltd (MBAS) and the Training Employer listed herein.
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MBAS and MBAS+ are services offered by Master Builders Association of New South Wales Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (Master Builders) which isthe Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906
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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.
MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)
“You”, “your” and “Training Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.
This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.
Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.
Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.
Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or [email protected];
Please include your phone and email address.
I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.
This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.