Safety and wellbeing

It’s your right to work in an environment that’s as safe as possible, without risks to your physical or mental health. 

Some trade apprentices in particular may end up working in fairly high-risk environments, but there can be hazards in any workplace. You have a responsibility to take reasonable care of your own health and safety, and watch out for those around you. 

But it’s up to your employer to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy, and manage risk where possible – including risk to your mental health. This is their legal obligation.

Here are some things you can expect from your employer:

  • Zero tolerance for bullying and discrimination.
  • Constructive feedback and recognition for good work.
  • Being treated with fairness and respect at all times.
  • A Work Health and Safety induction at the beginning of your employment, and on each new site you work on. This should include details on any safety equipment and protective gear. 
  • An experienced supervisor who can instruct you on safe working practices, and assess and manage any risks around the workplace.
  • You can expect different levels of supervision at different stages of your apprenticeship or traineeship. This will start with one-on-one instruction at the beginning of your employment, and as needed when new skills are introduced. Once you are more confident and working independently, your supervisor should still meet with you daily, and be available for advice and guidance.
  • Your supervisor should also be willing to answer questions and address any safety concerns you have. You should not work in a situation where you’re unsure of what is required or how a task can be performed safely. 

If you’re concerned about physical and mental health risks at any point in your apprenticeship or traineeship, or if you just want to check something is OK, contact your Apprenticeship Support Officer or visit WorkSafe Victoria.