What is 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.
The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as “Australian Apprentices”) enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
To be eligible to receive subsidised training under the User Choice program you must:
- Meet the minimum entry age requirements for your chosen traineeship or apprenticeship; and
- Be an Australian citizen or; New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport or; have unrestricted rights to enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia; and*
- Not have exhausted the maximum of two government funding contributions under the User Choice program
- Not currently be undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship under User Choice funding
- Have an employer to start an apprenticeship or traineeship; and
- Be employed either full time or part time (must be for a minimum of 15 hours per week)
- 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.)
- You can start an apprenticeship or traineeship with your current employer, if appropriate. 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.
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Partial exemption — tuition fees
- The participant holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card.
- The participant issues the SAS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
- The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Acceptable evidence is as stated on the Training Contract and AVETMISS VET Enrolment Form
Full exemption — tuition fees
- The participant has been approved for the fees waiver by SAS at the time of the enrolment (the reason is when contribution fee would cause extreme financial hardship to student).
- Where the Queensland Government, as represented by the departmental officer responsible for the User Choice budget, advises in writing that fees are optional. On receipt of such advice, the SAS may choose not to collect the student contribution fee. In this circumstance, any decision by the SAS not to collect fees does not create a liability for the department.
- Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module
What courses are funded?
Where can I get more information?
Students should read the information provided by the State Training Authority website here:
More information on the User Choice program can be found here.
You can read about apprenticeships and traineeships here.
Contact our ACCCO team for more information or to apply now!
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 well trained staff
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.