What is “User Choice”?

The User Choice 2017-20 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 skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

The three-year policy from 1 July 2017 recognises that employment-based training aligned to skills shortages is a critical priority for the Queensland Government.

How does the program work?

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.

The Queensland Training Information Services (QTIS) website provides comprehensive information on all apprenticeships and traineeships that are approved in Queensland, including the priority level and government contribution.

What are types of apprenticeship, who are eligible, and is it suitable for me?

Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.

What courses are offered by Vibe College under “User Choice”?

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Do I qualify for any incentive or funding?
User Choice

Some training organisations are contracted by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to provide training and assessment for some apprenticeships and trainee-ships, at a reduced cost, under the User Choice program. Vibe College (Trading name of Adore Education Pty Ltd) is Pre-Qualified Supplier under the Queensland Government funding to provide training on two of the qualifications listed above.

Queenslanders may only access a maximum of two government contributions. It is therefore important that apprentices and trainees ensure the decision they make will lead them to their future chosen career. Their decision may affect their access to further funding in the future.

Free apprenticeships for under 21s

The Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training for apprentices and trainees, under the age of 21, who commence or are undertaking a priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023.

Free training for Year 12 graduates

For high priority qualifications, the Queensland Government covers the full costs of training for eligible year 12 graduates in selected apprenticeships, traineeships and other training courses.

Please refer to Department of Employment, Small Business and Training for more information on funding and incentive, eligibility criteria, information for employer, policies and procedures.

Please get in touch with us if you need any additional information or further explanation on our role as Pre-Qualified Supplier.  For more information,
please refer to our Apprentice/Fee for Service Student Handbook.