Through the User Choice program the government contributes towards the cost of training for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.
Instead of paying for the full cost of training, apprentices or trainees and their employers will pay a reduced amount.
The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation to provide the training.
Information for registered training organisations about User Choice is available.
To be eligible to receive subsidised training under the User Choice program you must:
- be employed in an approved apprenticeship or traineeship
- have entered a training contract for a qualification funded by the government
- have selected a training provider that is a pre-qualified supplier (a government-approved training provider).
What training is available?
Over 350 different apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications are eligible for User Choice funding.
The Queensland Skills Gateway has more information about qualifications. The course search results will provide details of whether a qualification is funded under User Choice or not.
Read about apprenticeships and traineeships.
What organisations provide the funded training?
User Choice approved registered training organisations are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway and come up in the training provider search as ‘Funded’.
The government pays part of your training costs directly to your chosen training provider.
The amount may be between 50% and 100% of your course costs depending on the priority of the qualification and your eligibility for free Year 12 subsidised training.
You pay the remaining training costs (a co-contribution fee) to your registered training organisation. Fees may vary between providers so it pays to shop around.
The fee may be paid on your behalf by a third party such as your employer or your parents, but it cannot be paid by your training provider.
Contact your chosen training provider to find out what training costs you will need to pay.
How do I get started?
To access training under the User Choice program you need to be an apprentice or trainee in an eligible qualification. Read more on getting started as an apprentice or trainee.
The Queensland Skills Gateway has information about the eligible apprenticeships and traineeship qualifications. The course search results will provide details of whether it is funded under User Choice or not.
You can receive no more than 2 government funding contributions under User Choice, so be careful that the qualification you choose best matches your needs.
Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Training website.
For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email email@example.com.