What is User Choice?
The funding provided for QLD School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeships is known as User Choice.
Traineeships and Apprenticeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one. The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) provide students in Years 10, 11 and 12 with employment based training while continuing full-time enrolment in a school program and study towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)
A SAT is negotiated between the student, parent/carer, employer, supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) and school to ensure it provides a genuine school-based learning opportunity and forms an appropriate component of an overall school program.
A schedule outlining the school-based apprentice or trainee’s school studies, training and employment must be developed as a component of the SAT training contract. The SAT training contract is a legally binding record documenting the roles and responsibilities of the student and employer. The schedule negotiated between all parties to the training contract, demonstrates that the student is participating in work and/or training in the SAT as part of their school timetable and that minimum work requirements can be met.
To be eligible to enrol in the User Choice School Based program, you must:
- Enrolled at, and attending, a registered Queensland government school or an accredited non-government school; or
- Registered with the Home Education Unit of the Department of Education as a home-schooled student;
- Be enrolled in either Years 10, 11 or 12 and progressing towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education or equivalent and/or a vocational qualification.
- Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
- Undertake a training contract with an employer who provides the minimum 375 hours of paid work over each 12 month period of the training contract
- The school Principal, or authorised representative must endorse and give approval for the school based traineeship
- The school based traineeship must impact on their school timetable, meaning some of the training and/or work must take place during school hours
- Are not already currently undertaking the other qualifications under User Choice funding.
A student who is a school-based apprentice is exempt from paying a co-contribution Fee.
|Course Code||Qualification Name||Co-contribution Fee|
|CHC30121||Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||$0.00||$0.00|
|CHC30221||Certificate III in School Based Education Support||$0.00||$0.00|
What courses are funded?
For more information on the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) visit School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) on the Department of Education website.
For more information on School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs), as well as School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) frequently asked questions.
The Guide to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (PDF, 330 KB) has further information about business cases.