What is User Choice Funding?
User Choice is a national policy that promotes a direct relationship between employers, apprentices/trainees and training providers. The Queensland User Choice system is designed to allow trainees and employers to select the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) of their choice from a list of pre-qualified suppliers, to deliver training and assist funded students progress through their traineeship and/or apprenticeship.
Educare, as a pre-qualified supplier, User Choice funding is available to eligible students who complete a nationally recognised Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship), or the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Apprenticeship) qualification through Educare via the User Choice program.
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.
Individuals who are 15 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must provide signed consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship, if appropriate, amongst other responsibilities.
Cost of Training:
- Student Contribution Fees are set by the government
- Student Contribution Fees are a Participant’s contribution to the cost of tuition.
- Student Contribution Fees under the User Choice program in 2016 are set at $1.60 per national nominal hour for each Unit of Competency/Module to be calculated at the commencement of the Unit of Competency.
- Student Contribution Fees are adjusted annually and all PQS will be informed by the Department of any changes to the Student Contribution Fees.