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QLD Free Apprenticeships For Under 25s

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 2024.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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 or; hold a current visa that allows you to work in Australia
  • 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.

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.

Please Note

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).

Fees
Course Code Non-Concessional co-contribution fee Concessional co-contribution fee
Enrolment Per Hour Total Enrolment Per Hour Total
CHC30121 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
CHC50121 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
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!

[email protected] or 1300 139 406

FAQs

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.

For further information please contact our VET Coordinator
on 1300 139 406 or email us at [email protected]