The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select RTO as a pre-qualified supplier 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 enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
Apprenticeship & Traineeship
User Choice Funding
Types of Apprenticeships and
Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually from 36 to 38 hours a week.
Traineeships vary in length from 12 months to three years, while apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.
With the introduction of expected durations that set a target for early completions, it is likely that some apprenticeships could be completed faster than this.
Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train no less than 15 hours each week, averaged over a four-week cycle.
Part-time apprenticeships and traineeships generally have a nominal term double that of the full-time apprenticeship or traineeship’s nominal term (e.g. a four-year full-time apprenticeship may take up to eight years in a part-time capacity). However, competency-based training may mean that the apprenticeship or traineeship may be completed in a shorter timeframe.
Adult and mature age
Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people. There are many opportunities for older workers, especially in skills shortage industries.
Your existing skills and experience may provide you with credit and may reduce your training time. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work and life experience.
Recognition of prior learning (also referred to as RPL or recognition of current competencies), is the formal recognition of a person’s current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.
School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies.
• Students, typically in years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or OP score while, at the same time, working and training towards a recognised qualification.
• School students may also take on a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship outside of school hour.
• A school-based apprentice or trainee’s employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
Apprentices and trainees employed by group training organisations
Apprentices and trainees employed by a group training organisation are placed with host employers to get on-the-job experience.
Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees
Existing workers employed as apprentices and trainees commence an apprenticeship or traineeship after working with an employer for longer than three months full-time, or longer than 12 months on a part-time or casual basis.
• Existing employees entering into an apprenticeship or traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy which may affect funding for off-the-job training.
• If you are already employed, part-time or full-time, you can still commence an apprenticeship or traineeship. For example, you could use an apprenticeship to move from trades assistant to apprentice to tradesperson. You may even be able to reduce the length of your apprenticeship or traineeship if you receive recognition of prior learning or credit transfers for the skills you have already acquired.
• Note: Casual or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake part-time apprenticeships or traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).
Are You Eligible to do an
Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must provide signed consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship, if appropriate, amongst other responsibilities.
There are many rules around the approval to receive the User Choice funding program. We find it best you speak directly with one of our Education Advisors or to an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider about your specific funding eligibility.
Cost of Training
Student Contribution Fees
• Student Contribution Fees are set by the government
• Student Contribution Fees are a Participant’s contribution to the cost of tuition.
• Student Contribution Fees under the User Choice program in 2014 are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each Unit of Competency/Module to be calculated at the commencement of the Unit of Competency.
• Student Contribution Fees are adjusted annually and all PQS will be informed by the Department of any changes to the Student Contribution Fees.
The above fee structure is based on funding approval and do not reflect the true cost of the course. If the Apprentice or Trainee is not eligible for government funding through the User Choice program please contact RTO to go over costs and options.