AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture Priority 2 Traineeship   - Click HERE for more information

AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture Priority 2 Traineeship - Click HERE for more information

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business Priority 3 Traineeship - Click HERE for more information

RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations Priority 1 Traineeship 11/11/2016 Yes


RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations Priority 1 Apprenticeship  - Click HERE for more information

What is the User Choice Program?

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible apprentices and trainees.

Can employees from my company participate in the User Choice program?

Yes they can. Many employers engage new entrants into their business through an apprenticeship or traineeship arrangement. Apprentices and trainees can be engaged in either a full-time or part-time training contract.

If you have existing employees that aspire to become formally qualified in their chosen occupation, then it may be appropriate that they enter into an apprenticeship or traineeship training contract as well. Information on the training available and the training providers that can assist is available on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Note that not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding.

The following links proved employers with more information:

There is certain eligibility criteria that all parties are required to meet when employing an apprentice or trainee. This includes the requirement that the employer is willing to provide the workplace arrangements to support apprentices and trainees.  This information is included in each qualifications flyer listed below.

Are there any rules I should be aware of in relation to funding?

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time i.e. a student cannot be funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time.

In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program. A second qualification will only be funded if it has a higher priority ranking than the first qualification that has been completed.​

There are also some other rules specifically related to funding for SATs, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school's vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. For employers, individuals, parents and guardians, Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information.

Funding pr​​iori​​ty levels

The funding priorities under the User Choice 2017–20 program are:

  1. Priority One (100 percent subsidised) qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland.
  2. Priority Two (87.5 percent subsidised) qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as high priorities.
  3. Priority Three (75 percent subsidised) qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as medium priorities. 

The User Choice funding priorities are determined from national and state data in conjunction with industry input, and are reviewed annually.

Martyr Training Services offers qualifications from all priority levels and is indicated in the list below.

Existing wo​rk​​ers

Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding when undertaking Priority One, Priority Two or Priority Three qualifications.

Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date up to 31 December 2016, irrespective of whether they belong to a PPG, are eligible for funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications.

Free training for Year 12 graduates

Free training for Year 12 graduates is available through the Queensland Government VET investment programs - User Choice for the Plant Operations Qualificaton. Year 12 graduates are able to access free training in high priority areas through the User Choice program. Free training applies to high priority qualifications. Read more about free training for Year 12 graduates,​ including participant eligibility and high priority qualifications.

Is there any other funding available for employers or apprentices and trainees?

There are a variety of incentives and loans available to employers, apprentices and trainees. These include incentives from the Queensland Government, Commonwealth Government and from industry bodies such as Construction Skills Queensland.

Visit the Apprenticeship and traineeship funding and incentives page of this website for more information on incentives.

Is there an employer contribution that I need to pay?

Each traineeship or apprenticeship that does not fall in the free training for Year 12 graduates category will attract a contribution fee.  This fee must be paid be either the trainee, apprentice or their employer.  The fee is determined by the nominal hours for each unit of competenccy of the qualification.   The fee is currently set at $1.60 per nominal hour.  Partial and full exemptions may apply, refer to the flyer for each qualifiation below.

Click HERE for more information in our Student Handbook

Click HERE for an extract from the current User Choice Policy on Fees and Charges