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User Choice Funding

Coal Train are an approved pre-qualified supplier of User Choice Funding.

User Choice Program – 2017-2020 is funded by the Queensland Government and provides public funding towards the cost of training and assessment for Queensland Apprentices and Trainees.

Eligibility

To be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland.  Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. However, there are some apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations that have a higher entry age requirement due to specific legislation related to that industry.  Information regarding the age requirement for individual apprenticeships and traineeships can be obtained from the Queensland information Training Service (QTIS) website.

Apprentices must be 13 years or older to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations.   There are some apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations that have a higher entry age requirement due to specific legislation related to that industry.

 

As a general rule only Australian citizens, and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.  Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.  Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships and traineeships provided their work rights allow this based on advice provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Student Contribution Fee

Participants undertaking an apprenticeship will be required to pay student contribution fees. Student Contribution Fees are the non-government contribution for the cost of training and assessment services. These fees are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency and are paid on behalf of the participant by their employer or another third party. Partial exemptions and full exemptions of fees are available for participants who meet one or more of the exemption categories.

The Queensland Government is increasing support for young Queenslanders up to the age of 21 by providing access to fully subsidised training across 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications.  Free apprenticeships for under 21s will cover the cost of training for apprentices and trainees who commence or are undertaking a priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023.

Free training is available for Year 12 graduates for training in high priority qualifications identified by the Queensland Government and industry groups.

For further information on apprenticeships within Queensland, please see the apprenticeships website.

 

Delivery Modes

Training and Assessment can occur in various modes including classroom and workplace. Your Training Plan will reflect the mode of training and through discussions, your mode of training and assessment will be determined.

For further information on apprenticeships within Queensland, please see the apprenticeships website.