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Traineeships and Apprenticeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one. The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
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.
Prospective students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
New or Existing workers eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship:
For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business. Traineeships 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:
The majority of the course fees are contributed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) except for the Student Contribution Fee. The student contribution fee, may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or another third party, but cannot be paid or waived by ACCCO.
The government contribution will be 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. Payment of funding is subject to the conditions set out in the VET Pre-qualified Supplier Agreement.
Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Apprenticeships are FREE for students under 21 years of age
||Number of Units
||Student Contribution Fee
||Partial Exemption 40% (concession)||
SAT - School based apprentices/trainees
|Fee-free Year 12 Graduates||Free Apprenticeships for under 21 years of age|
|CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
$1.60 per nominal hour
|CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
$1.60 per nominal hour
|CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
RPL is an assessment only process for experienced workers who are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills and knowledge. Read more
Credit transfer (sometimes known as advanced standing) is awarded when a student has completed the units required for a qualification at another Registered Training Organisation. This may reduce the amount of time it will take you to gain a qualification, and reduce the overall cost. ACCCO provides credit transfer free of charge. Read more
Students can choose to pay up to $1500 of their student contribution fees upfront at enrolment. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at later stages of a student's enrolment. ACCCO accepts the following payment methods:
Students can choose to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay off their student contribution fees in smaller amounts over a period of time.
Students entering into an ACCCO payment plan have the option of fortnightly or monthly payments. Students with contributions fees of over $1500 can also request a weekly payment plan.
Payment plans require an initial upfront payment towards their student contribution fees to set up the plan, and then each payment period a recurring payment amount is direct debited from the student's nominated account.
Students are given recurring payment amount options when setting up their plan.
Example plans are given below.
|Upfront Payment Amount||Recurring Payment Details|
|$500.00||$50.00||$25.00 x 18 fortnightly payments|
|$800.00||$100.00||$50.00 x 14 monthly payments|
|$4630.00||$310.00||$80 x 54 weekly payments|
Please note the above is an example only and may not reflect your actual course fees or the applicable payment plan options.
Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.
Students that are not receiving any funding for their course can choose to pay as they go. This is where a student will pay the fees for
each unit of competency prior to commencing it.
An apprentice or trainee can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time. Once you complete a maximum of two government contributions for a User Choice funded qualification you will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under the User Choice 2017–20 program.
Please note that pricing and course availability is subject to change without notice. For more information on this program you can download
the Queensland Government User Choice policy here.
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.
For assistance with your enrolment, our Traineeship and Apprenticeship Coordinator is more than happy to help you with any questions you may
have. Contact us now and we'll get you started...