What is User Choice?
A key feature of Australian Apprenticeships is more flexibility for the users (employers and Australian Apprentices) of the training system. User Choice is a model for achieving client responsive training which means that businesses and Australian Apprentices can select their own registered training organisation (RTO) and negotiate how, where and when the training and assessment is to occur.
ACT subsidises qualifications for both new worker trainees or existing worker trainees. To be eligible for an ACT training contract the trainee must:
- be at least 15 years of age; and
- work in the ACT and
- Australian citizen,
- Permanent resident,
- New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months,
- A person who hold a visa that is identified as being eligible (Table D), and
- Receive remuneration for their work, and
- Fulfil a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week; and
- Undertake an approved Australian Apprenticeships qualification with an approved RTO (like the ACCCO), as specified on the ACT Qualifications Register; and
- Have the required supervision in the workplace for an Australian Apprentice.
- Not be a casual employee or self-employed (sub-contractor).
An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) must:
- Be enrolled in a school under the relevant Education Act
- Have the ASBA qualification recognised on their school Certificate
- Combine part-time work with an employer and structured industry-approved training whilst attending school
- Continue employment and on/off-the-job training throughout the year including school holidays
- Complete a minimum of 11 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate II qualification, this includes 8 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
- Complete a minimum of 15 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate III qualification, this includes 12 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
- Participate in a maximum of 20 hours (combined work and training) towards their Australian Apprenticeship per week.
If a person is eligible for funding under User Choice, the ACT Government will subsidise the costs of their accredited training, although a student contribution fee will be required.
|Qualification Name||Number of Units||Nominal Hours||Student Contribution Fee|
|CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services||9||257||$350|
|CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||17||1108||$350|
|CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support||15||732||$350|
|CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support||17||877||$350|
|CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care||15||1195||$350|
|CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care||23||1237||$350|
|CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management||13||1070||$350|
What courses are funded?
CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
Do you have information for employers
For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:
- Qualified employees trained your way for your business
- Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
- Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
- Greater customer satisfaction through
- Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff
What is the Completion Payment for Students?
Students who successfully complete their qualification may be eligible for a completion payment. A completion payment will be paid directly to the student upon completion of the qualification and a survey.
The completion payment is $300 for each qualification.
Students may be eligible to receive the completion payment for up to one (1) year after the date deemed competent, provided up to date email and bank account details are confirmed.
A student is not eligible for a completion payment where more than 50% of the units are completed through RPL and/or credit transfer (refer Completion Arrangements).
Are there Fee Exemptions Available?
Australian Apprentices may be exempt from paying fees in the following circumstances:
- the employer is the RTO for its own Australian Apprentice, or
- the Australian Apprentice leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or
- the Australian Apprentice is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process, or
- the student is an ASBA and the school is the RTO.