What is it?
User choice funding is a Queensland government program that provides public funding towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queenslanders. The program is managed by Department of Employment, Small Business and Training their website can be accessed here DESBT website
How does it work?
The program allows you to choose a preferred registered training organisation such as LT Training that delivers nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs and national standards of the above qualifications. This program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which trainees enter a legally binding contract with their employer and receive structured training to achieve a Certificate II and III qualification.
How much will it cost?
The above qualifications are covered by User Choice funding which means the only cost the employers or student will incur is a tuition fee of $1.60 per nominal training hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. School students are exempt from tuition fees. The tuition fee is compulsory for RTO’s. LT Training will require payment for tuition fees as per negotiation with the employer or entity that will make payment. Without funding the course is worth $4590 for Certificate II in Hortilcuture and $5,640 for Cert III in Parks and Gardens.
The employer of a User Choice trainee could claim several benefits including:
- Commencement Incentives of up to $1,500 each
- Employee Retention Incentives of $750
- Recommencement Incentive of $750
- Completion Incentives of up to $3,000
- Australian Adult Apprentices Incentive of $4,000
- Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy of 75% of the employees’ wages
- And other benefits
For the employer to claim these incentives they will need to get into contact with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. For more information on the employer benefits go to: Click here
For more information on User Choice funding Click here