User Choice Program

The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

You can check your potential eligibility for Queensland Subsidised Training for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship or Work Skills Traineeship by using the Queensland Skills Gateway Eligibility Check Tool

How do I participate?

Choose a qualification that interests you and become an apprentice or trainee.

Visit the Queensland Skills Gateway to choose a qualification, learn about the training available, and the training providers that can assist you.

Which apprenticeships and traineeships are funded under User Choice?

Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Refer to the User Choice funding and pricing page for more information.

Can I start an apprenticeship or traineeship if I am still at school?

Yes you can. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) are available in many occupations in Queensland. Students should be in either year 10, 11 or 12, but may be able to enter a SAT prior to starting year 10 in exceptional circumstances. In these circumstances, a business case must be submitted to the department and approved prior to commencing the SAT.

The SAT is undertaken as part of the high school studies. A SAT employment and/or training arrangement must impact on the school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. Apprenticeships or traineeships which do not have an impact on the student’s school timetable are not considered a SAT.

All SATs must be supported by the employer, the school, a supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) referred to as the training organisation, and the parent or guardian. SATs are paid for the time spent working with their employer.

SATs receive funding for their training aligned to the priority level of the qualification.

SATs are exempt from paying student fees under the User Choice program while they are still at school.

Parties to the training contract for a SAT should be aware that there are a number of conditions that apply to the training contract, including the amount of training that a SAT can do while they are still attending school. There are also conditions related to the transition of a SAT into full-time or part-time apprenticeship/traineeship arrangements once school has been completed.

If you are interested in undertaking a SAT in the electrotechnology industry, please note that electrotechnology occupations have an application process that must be undertaken prior to the signing of the training contract.

Visit the Apprenticeships Info website for more information on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Am I eligible for a funded place in the User Choice Program?

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 the department and be registered in the department’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 (PQS) 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 the department, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible PQS as their SRTO.

Are there any rules I should be aware of in relation to funding?

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time, i.e. a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time.

In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program.

There are other rules specifically related to funding for SATs, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school’s vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information.

Will I be expected to pay fees and charges to my RTO?

Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, an RTO may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. SATs are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may (visit the Free tafe for Year 12 graduates section of this website) be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full-time or part-time post school. Your SRTO will provide in detail its fees and charges policy, including full costs method of collection, refunds and exemptions prior to enrolment.

CO-CONTRIBUTION FEES

Student Co-Contribution Fees may apply, these fees are charged at a rate of $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency within the training plan & the fee amount is set by the Qld Government. 

The exact amount will be invoiced once the training plan units have been selected.

Click here to view our Fees and Charges Policy and Refund Policy Documents

The only exceptions to the fee condition are:

Full Exemption

  • School Based Trainees (SATS) – SATs are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may (visit the Free tafe for Year 12 graduates section of this website) be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full-time or part-time post school
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills Traineeships as listed on the departments website

Partial Exemption

  • The participant was or will be under 17 at the end of February in the year in which the PQS provides training, & the participant has not completed year 12
  • The participant holds a current health care card or pensioner card issued under commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependent of a person who holds a health care card or pensioner concession card, & is named on the card
    • Card must be valid for the full length of training contract – if it expires before completion participant must provide an updated copy otherwise partial exemption will no longer apply for remaining units
  • The participant issues the RTO with an official form under commonwealth law confirming that the participant, his partner or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependent is entitled to concessions under a health care card or pensioner concession card
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please enrol ONLINE or contact Axiom College at info@axiomcollege.com.au or call 1800 114 419

MORE INFORMATION

For more information relating to User Choice , please click here

Please Note :-  Before you commit to accepting any subsidised training be aware that you may preclude yourself from any future subsidised training. If you have any concerns please discuss this with Axiom College.

Some Student Feedback

Why Choose Axiom College?

01 JOB READY TRAINING

Our collection of nationally recognised qualifications and professional skills short courses are designed to provide you with the best training to meet today's tough industry expectations. We work with industry professionals to develop each of our courses to ensure the highest standards for both training materials and delivery. A course with Axiom College will prepare you for the real world.

02 FRIENDLY TRAINERS

Driving our course delivery is our team of industry experienced trainers and training partners. We believe in employing industry experts to deliver our courses which is why you can expect to learn from people who have been there and done it. They can offer you real advice, real insight and real knowledge about what to expect when you get into the workforce. To be the best you need to learn from the best.

03 FLEXIBLE DELIVERY

Our courses have been tailored to suit a range of delivery requirements. Flexible delivery options such as online or correspondence will enable you to study where you want, when you want. Our state of the art online student portal will provide you with the tools and materials required to complete your studies from home, work or out an about. Live your busy life and succeed in your studies with Axiom College.

Our trainers all have industry currency which means they have recent and relevant industry experience. With real life stories and experiences to share, our qualifications come to life providing useful industry insight. Axiom College’s continuous improvement policy has seen our programs develop beyond the assessment outcomes to include meaningful industry connections.

School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships provide senior secondary school students with hands-on industry experience as they complete a nationally recognised qualification – which attracts QCE points – while undertaking their senior school certificate. It is also a valuable addition to a resume.

Since 1994 Axiom College, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), has provided quality training outcomes that are current, flexible, convenient and future ready. Our nationally recognised qualifications and industry respected short courses can be delivered in class, online, in the workplace or at school. Our skilled trainers bring our courses to life with recent relevant industry experience, blending learning outcomes with sought after skills for the real world.

THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Assessment will only be carried out for accredited training where a qualification, statement of attainment or licence may be issued.

Assessment will be carried out on the submission of completed unit/s of competency or under the RPL processes to ascertain whether the participant can be deemed ‘competent’.

Assessment evidence submitted by the student will be marked and feedback given advising whether the evidence is satisfactory (successful) or unsatisfactory (unsuccessful). Additional feedback may be provided as required. All evidence is retained by Axiom College.

SUBMITTING COMPLETED ASSESSMENTS

Axiom College has implemented an automated system for receiving Assessments from students who do not complete their work in class or upload them via their student portal.

This is an electronic method that requires students to email all evidence. If documents are emailed with an incorrect subject line, there may be a delay in them being formally received and acknowledged.  If this happens, an email will be sent back to the student requesting they resubmit with the correct information in the subject line of the email. Assessments received correctly will have confirmation emailed to the student.

STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE

The Student Support Centre aims to deliver an integrated professional service to all students and employers. This is achieved by providing quality customer service to enhance the overall learning experience.

The Support team provides support, guidance and advice to learners and employers for any queries or online technical issues they may encounter.

GET IN TOUCH

If you are looking for more information or you are ready to go ahead and begin training with Axiom College then please contact us via one of the following methods.

1800 114 419
for general enquiries

1800 029 466
for current students

INFO@AXIOMCOLLEGE.COM.AU
for all email general enquiries

CONTACT US ONLINE

If you would like more information please visit our contact page

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Since 1994, Axiom College a Supervising Registered Training Organisation (RTO), has provided skilling solutions and training through our Nationally Recognised Certificate to Diploma courses, as well as numerous short courses relevant to each key area of business. Our clients include people from government, private sector, community organisations as well as members of the general public.

Brisbane Campus

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18 Mayneview Street
Milton QLD 4064

Postal Address
PO Box 1041
Milton QLD 4064

P: 1800 114 419
E: info@axiomcollege.com.au

Hervey Bay Campus

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4/59 Torquay Road
Pialba QLD 4655

Postal Address
4/59 Torquay Road
Pialba QLD 4655

P: (07) 4194 2622
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Mackay Campus

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Unit 1, 13 Wellington St
Mackay QLD 4740

Postal Address
Unit 1, 13 Wellington St
Mackay QLD 4740

P: (07) 3510 8085
E: info@axiomcollege.com.au

ABN: 86 535 290 515, P: 1800 114 419, national provider number 40489