User Choice Apprenticeships And Traineeships Funding
The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible ACT Apprentices and trainees.
What is User Choice Apprenticeships & Traineeships funding?
The funding provided for Australian Apprenticeships is known as User Choice. User Choice is a national funding policy for Australian Apprenticeships promoting choice in training services provided to Employers and Australian Apprentices. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
A key feature of Australian Apprenticeships is more flexibility for the users (employers and Australian Apprentices) of the training system. User Choice is a model for achieving client responsive training which means that businesses and Australian Apprentices can select their own registered training organisation (RTO) and negotiate how, where and when the training and assessment is to occur.
ACCCO is a pre-qualified supplier approved by the ACT Government to provide training for User Choice qualifications. Please see further information on the Skilled Capital website here.
What can I study with ACCCO?
ACT subsidises qualifications for both new worker trainees or existing worker trainees. To be eligible for an ACT training contract the trainee must:
- be at least 15 years of age; and
- work in the ACT and
- Australian citizen,
- permanent resident,
- New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months,
- A person who hold a visa that is identified as being eligible (Table D), and
- receive remuneration for their work, and
- fulfil a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week; and
- undertake an approved Australian Apprenticeships qualification with an approved RTO (like the ACCCO), as specified on the ACT Qualifications Register; and
- have the required supervision in the workplace for an Australian Apprentice.
- not be a casual employee or self-employed (sub-contractor).
An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) must:
- be enrolled in a school under the relevant Education Act
- have the ASBA qualification recognised on their school Certificate
- combine part-time work with an employer and structured industry-approved training whilst attending school
- continue employment and on/off-the-job training throughout the year including school holidays
- complete a minimum of 11 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate II qualification, this includes 8 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
- complete a minimum of 15 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate III qualification, this includes 12 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
- participate in a maximum of 20 hours (combined work and training) towards their Australian Apprenticeship per week.
Cost to the Participant
Although the training is subsidised heavily by the ACT Government, students must make a contribution called a ‘Student Fee’ toward the training. The following Student Fees will apply from 15/02/18 to 1/08/18.
||Number of Units
|Certificate II in Community Services
|Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
|Certificate III in Education Support
|Certificate IV in Education Support
|Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
|Diploma of School Age Education and Care
|Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
|Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
Am I eligible for Concession?
RTO’s may offer a fee concession to eligible students in certain circumstances.
A student is eligible for a fee concession if, at the commencement of training they:
- hold a current Health Care Card or Pension Card, or
- can prove genuine hardship
Where the student is under 18 years of age this rule will apply if the parent/guardian holds one of the above cards.
If a student wishes to claim a fee waiver due to genuine financial hardship, they need to advise ACCCO at the time enrolment. Student will be given a fee waiver form to fill out and will be required to provide a form of evidence confirming the hardship. Financial hardship claim form.
Completion Payment for ACT User Choice
Students who successfully complete their qualification may be eligible for a completion payment. A completion payment will be paid directly to the student upon completion of the qualification and a survey.
The completion payment is $300 for each qualification.
Students may be eligible to receive the completion payment for up to one (1) year after the date deemed competent, provided up to date email and bank account details are confirmed.
A student is not eligible for a completion payment where more than 50% of the units are completed through RPL and/or credit transfer (refer Completion Arrangements).
- the employer is the RTO for its own Australian Apprentice, or
- the Australian Apprentice leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or
- the Australian Apprentice is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process, or
- the student is an ASBA and the school is the RTO.
How to Apply
For more information on how to apply please refer to our Enrolment Fact Sheet.