About this Funding
The User Choice program is part of the Queensland Government’s VET Investment Plan.
The User Choice 2017-18 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill 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.
Asset College has been approved to deliver the following qualifications under the User Choice program:
To be eligible for the User Choice program, you must enter a formal traineeship agreement with your employer.
Funding Priority Levels
The funding priorities under the User Choice 2017-18 program are:
- Priority One (100 percent subsidised) Priority One qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland.
- Priority Two (75 percent subsidised) Priority Two qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as high priorities.
- Priority Three (50 percent subsidised) Priority Three qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as medium priorities.
The User Choice funding priorities are determined from national and state data in conjunction with industry input, and are reviewed annually.
Priority Population Groups
Priority Population Groups (PPG) are those declared on the national Apprenticeship/Traineeship Contract, such as individuals of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, individuals from a non-English speaking background and individuals with a disability, impairment or long term condition.
Individuals identified as belonging to a PPG undertaking a Priority Two or Priority Three qualification will receive 100 per cent of the government contribution.
School-Based Apprentices and Trainees
School-based apprentices and trainees receive funding aligned to the priority level of the qualification.
Existing workers, irrespective of whether they belong to Priority Population Groups, are eligible for funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications.
- Contact Us to organise an appointment with your employer and an Apprenticeship Network Provider.
- Complete the Traineeship Sign-Up process with the Apprenticeship Network Provider, nominate Asset College as your preferred RTO.
- Complete our Enrolment Form.
- Your employer will pay a co-contribution fee.
- One of our trainers will schedule an appointment with you and your employer to develop a training plan.
- Commence your course.
Student Contribution Fees
The Queensland Government subsidises the cost of undertaking an approved Qualification however all participants will be required to contribute a co-contribution fee.
Click Here (Link to fee schedule doc download) to view the current fee schedule
Student Support Service
Details regarding our policies and procedures, including Student Support Services are available in our Student Handbook.
If you require assistance with accessing this information or require support, please Contact Us.
Terms and Conditions
Applications are subject to approval by Asset College’s Head Office. Submitting a completed application does not guarantee approval of funding. Training cannot commence until you have received written confirmation of your application being approved.
- Availability of funding is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Queensland Government.
- Applicants are only eligible to receive funding for one (1) Certificate III qualification.
- Participants must provide additional information / feedback to Asset College within three months of completing their qualification.
- Student co-contribution fees must be paid to Asset College prior to applications being considered. These fees will be refunded for unsuccessful applications or credited in full towards another course with Asset College.
- Student co-contribution fees may vary depending on the course location and delivery method.
- Applicants who are registered Job Seekers should consult their Job Active Provider prior to submitting an application. Your Job Active Provider may be able to provide additional support services and/or pay the student co-contribution fees for eligible applicants.
- Additional terms and conditions will be outlined on the application forms and are subject to change.
- Students can only access the User Choice program through approved training providers (Pre-qualified Suppliers)
- The amount of Subsidy provided will depend on the demand for skilled workers in the area of study.
Further information about User Choice program is available at www.training.qld.gov.au