What is the Free Apprenticeships For Under 25s program?
The Queensland Government will cover the cost of training for apprentices and trainees under the age of 25, who commence or are undertaking a priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.
Fee-free training also applies to students who commenced in a high priority apprenticeship or traineeship in previous years, where they are under 25 years of age on 1 January 2021 and are still in training.
Your employer will pay your wages, and you might have to meet costs related to any uniform or other training resources.
To be eligible to enrol in a training place funded under Free apprenticeships for under 25s, prospective students must:
- You must be aged under 25 years at the point of enrolment and not be at school (If the Apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age at the date of signing the training contract, the signed consent of a parent or guardian is required.); and
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
- You must find an employer to start an apprenticeship or traineeship; and
- To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland (An apprentice or trainee can have an interstate residential and/or postal address and still be registered with the department as long as the physical workplace address is in Queensland and the apprentice or trainee works at that address.)
- Available for New or Existing workers. Existing employees entering in an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy (PDF, 330 KB) which may affect funding for training.
Individuals who hold a visa must also ensure their visa subclass is eligible for subsidised training.
For Non-residents of Australia
Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Visa holders may start an apprenticeship or traineeship provided their work rights allow this, based on advice provided by the Department of Home Affairs.
For Interstate apprentices and trainees
To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland. Additional information for Interstate apprentices and trainees, please view here.
Casual or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake apprenticeships or traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).
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What courses are funded?
Where can I get more information?
Further information about the Free apprenticeships for under 25s program, including the list of the priority qualifications, is available from the QLD Government website at www.desbt.qld.gov.au/freeapprenticeships.
Contact our ACCCO team for more information or to apply now!
What are the benefits for employers?
The information regarding available incentives from the Queensland Government to employers, apprentices and trainees please find on the DESBT website: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/apprentices/incentives.
How do I become an apprentice?
Step 1. Find an Employer
Before entering into an apprenticeship, you must find an employer willing to take you on as a trainee or apprentice. You and your employer will need to sign a formal training contract.
You can find an employer by:
- Search job websites such as seek.com and newspaper advertisements
- Talk to early childhood services in your local area
- asking your friends, family and others in your community about what might be available
- talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider as they may be able to link you with potential employers
Step 2. Commence Employment
Once you commence employment contact ACCCO to enrol in the qualification that suits your job role.
Step 3. Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider
Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will help you sign a training contract with your employer. They will work with you and your employer to identify the training and support you need. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.
Step 4. Commence Training
As part of your apprenticeship or traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with ACCCO.