The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred training provider from a list of Skills Assure Suppliers (SAS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.
The program recognises that employment-based training, aligned to skills short ages, is a critical priority for the Queensland Government. It aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of the industry and respond to changing government priorities.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, with a workplace mentor/supervisor while earning a wage.
Apprentices and trainees work towards the completion of a nationally recognised qualification while learning valuable skills at work and under the guidance of a training organisation.
To be eligible to receive a government contribution, the apprentice or trainee must:
Student contribution fees are the non-government financial contribution to the cost of the training and assessment services provided by Icon Training Academy. It may be paid on behalf of the student by their employer or a Third Party unrelated to Icon Training Academy. In some cases, Icon Training Academy may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee.* Student contribution fees under the User Choice program are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency/module to be calculated at the time of enrolment.
*Partial exemption is eligible to concession holders, concession status evidence must be presented at enrolment to be eligible, full exemption is eligible for School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships & Year 12 fee free students within priority skill qualifications listed by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
The Certificate 3 Guarantee aims to help Queenslanders without a post-school qualification to gain one. The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees to help you complete your first post-school Certificate III level qualification. It is targeted at Certificate III level qualifications because they are considered the entry-level qualification most often needed to gain employment in many industry sectors.
To be eligible to enrol in the Certificate 3 Guarantee, prospective students must:
Given the benefits that accrue to individuals from training, students undertaking certificate III training and non-concessional students undertaking lower level training, will be required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee.
The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by the employer or a Third Party unrelated to the Skills Assure Supplier (SAS), but cannot be paid or waived by the SAS.
Schedule of fees vary per provider.*
*To access concessional rates, proof of concession must be provided.