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The Queensland Government will cover the 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.
For further information please refer to the fact sheet here.
To be eligible for the Free apprenticeships under 21s program, you must be employed as an apprentice or trainee under a training contract in one of the 2 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications above on or after 1 July 2019.
Prospective students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Please Note: Casual or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake apprenticeships or traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).
Free apprenticeships will also be available to all apprentices and trainees under 21 years that are still in training in these high priority qualifications when the initiative commences, with fee-free training available for all units or modules commenced after 1 July 2019.
Apprentices and trainees already eligible for Fee-free training under the Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates initiative will continue to be eligible.
The government will contribute the training fees for all eligible young people until they complete their apprenticeship or traineeship, including those that complete after the age of 21 years.
For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.They allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:
Find an employer willing to take you on as a Trainee or Apprentice.
Trainee commences employment with employer.
Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider that will complete a training contract, assist in the selection of an appropriate qualification for the business and nominate a RTO to deliver the training. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.
Negotiate and sign a training plan with the approved RTO selected to provide the training for the Australian Apprentice.
Organise and continuously take part in the workplace component of the structured training for the Australian Apprentice through to completion of the qualification. This ensures assessment and validation of competence in the workplace.
Further information about the Free apprenticeships for under 21s program, including the list of the priority qualifications, is available from the QLD Government website at www.desbt.qld.gov.au/freeapprenticeships.
The information regarding available incentives from the Queensland Government to employers, apprentices and trainees please find on the DESBT website: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/apprentices/incentives
If you have any further queries, please contact ACCCO enrolment team on 1300 139 406.
Alternatively you can
contact the Department of
Employment, Small Business and Training Customer Centre on 1300 369 935.