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The Queensland Government will cover the cost of training for apprentices and trainees under the age of 25, who commence or are undertaking a priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2022.
Further information about the Free apprenticeships for under 25s program, including the list of the priority qualifications, is available from the QLD Government website at www.desbt.qld.gov.au/freeapprenticeships.
To be eligible for the Free apprenticeships under 25s 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.
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.
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:
Before entering into an apprenticeship, the student must find an employer willing to take them on as a trainee or apprentice. You and your employer will need to sign a formal training contract.
You can find an employer by:
Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will help you sign a training contract with your employer. They will work with you and your employer to identify the training and support you need. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.
As part of your traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with ACCCO who will provide the training for the Australian Trainee.
Our Trainee and Apprenticeship Coordinator is more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you