(b) College Fees and Text Books – College fees and the cost of prescribed text books for instruction of each trainee/apprentice shall be paid by Woolworths for each year of the trade course or period of apprenticeship or traineeship or correspondence course. (c) Time Off – Any Apprentice or Trainee who is given time off during ordinary working hours for the purpose of attending at a college or other required off job venue for instruction and fails to attend without reasonable cause shall not be paid for such time off. (d) Accommodation and Meals – Where a team member is required to attend block release training at college and away from home accommodation is required for the duration of the block release training, this accommodation may be provided by Woolworths or the team member shall be reimbursed by Woolworths the difference between the appropriate statutory amount as prescribed by the State or Training Authority and the cost of reasonably comfortable accommodation and meals approved by Woolworths. (e) Provided that the total monies paid by the statutory scheme and Woolworths is no more than the cost of reasonably comfortable accommodation and meals approved by Woolworths.
Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement 2018 83 (f) If the Vocational Training Assistance ( VTAS ) rate of reimbursement is substantially increased Woolworths and the relevant Trade Union agree to review the rate of reimbursement. (g) Travelling Expenses and Fares – Woolworths shall either provide transport or shall reimburse to the Trainee/Apprentice all fares reasonably incurred in attending the college. Where transport, other than the use of a private vehicle is available, trainees/apprentices shall be encouraged to use such transport and all fares incurred shall be reimbursed. (h) Where such transport is not readily available and private transport has to be used the trainee/apprentice shall be paid no less than the difference between the VTAS rate and the travelling allowance. D.6 Commitment to ongoing employment D.6.1 Upon the successful completion of a Traineeship or Apprenticeship (excluding School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships) and meeting Woolworths’s perfo rmance criteria and competencies, the team member shall be offered ongoing permanent employment with Woolworths for at least as many hours as they spent on the job (on an average per week basis) during their Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Such period of apprenticeship or traineeship shall be counted as service for the purpose of the Agreement or any other legislative entitlements. D.6.2 When offering ongoing employment at the completion of the Traineeship or Apprenticeship Woolworths will give consideration to the distance required to be travelled by the team member, however, Woolworths will retain the right to nominate the location of the store.
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- Jennifer Sheldon
- Leave, Employment compensation, Woolworths, Superannuation in Australia, Team member safety