The User Choice 2016-17 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.
To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by DET (Department of Education and Training) and be registered in DET's registration system DELTA. The contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010, and the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier status for the nominated qualification.
The government contribution for a User Choice funding contribution is detailed in the apprentice or trainee's letter of registration from DET, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible pre-qualified supplier as their supervising Registered Training Organisation.
Apprentices and trainees are able to upgrade their skills through publicly-funded training and assessment services.
For more information about the User Choice 2016-17 program, click here click here to visit the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training’s Website.
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In most cases, apprentices and trainees are required to pay a Student Contribution Fee. The Student Contribution Fees are currently (in 2016) charged at the rate of $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the commencement of the unit of competency/module.
If agreed between the employer and the apprentice/trainee, student contribution fees can be paid by the employer.
In some cases though, you may be eligible for a partial or full exemption. School based apprentices and trainees are not required to pay a student contribution fee while they are still at school, but may be required to pay fees once the training contract has been converted to full-time or part-time post school.