User Choice (Queensland)
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 Queensland apprentices and trainees. The User Choice 2017-20 program is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the Queensland Department of Education and Training.
The program is designed to provide employers and their apprentices and trainees with the ability to select their preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of Queensland Government pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of the accredited training to meet their specific needs.
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, 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 School based Apprentices and Trainees (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 Centres (AACs) are another good source of information.
Employers and individuals should also note that each qualification has a priority ranking. This priority ranking indicates whether the qualification produces skills which are in shortage across the state.
There are also rules in respect to existing workers. Employers and individuals should note that existing workers, irrespective of whether they belong to a Priority Population Group, are only eligible for funding when undertaking Priority One 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.
The User Choice 2017–20 Policy requires Civil Safety to collect GST exempt fees as the participant’s contribution to the cost. To meet this requirement Civil Safety must provide evidence it has charged and collected and applied any relevant exemptions.
The rate of student contribution fees is reviewed annually and any increase is often implemented from 1 January each year. Consequently, the Supplier must ensure the student contribution fee is calculated against the correct fee rate as at the commencement of training for each respective unit of competency.
The current rate for the 2018 calendar year is $1.60 per nominal hour (per unit).
Is there an employer contribution that I need to pay?
In addition to the student fees, there may be some cases where Civil Safety may seek additional charges from an employer for the apprenticeship or traineeship. Any additional charges must be negotiated up-front and disclosed to the employer prior to the enrolment of the apprentice/trainee.
At Civil Safety we actively seek learner and client feedback on our courses and our trainers and assessors. We regularly undertake evaluations of all courses and activities to achieve continuous improvement.
These evaluations are completed at the end of a training program or traineeship. The feedback and information learners and clients provide will be used to improve future courses and teaching effectiveness.
Certificate 3 Guarantee (Queensland)
What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?
The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a key initiative under the Queensland Government's five-year training reform action plan, Great skills. Real opportunities. The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. It also supports Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.
What training is available?
The Certificate 3 Guarantee is targeted at certificate III qualifications because they are considered the entry-level qualification most often needed to gain employment in many industry sectors.
Does the individual need to contribute to the cost of training?
YES! 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. Civil Safety is able to set the cost of training.
What outcomes are expected?
RTOs are measured on successful training completions and whether training resulted in employment or career advancement.
Who is eligible for the training?
*Students must be Queensland residents aged 15 years or over who are no longer at school
*Australian or New Zealand citizen
*Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).
Can students complete more than one certificate III level qualification through the certificate 3 Guarantee program?
NO to be eligible to receive the Certificate 3 Guarantee, students must not already hold, or be currently studying a certificate III or higher level qualification. This includes any equivalent certificate III or higher level training completed at university or through an apprenticeship or traineeship. It does not matter if you paid for this training or it was subsidised by the government.
How many times can the student access the funding?
Once! Students can only access the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy once, it is important that they choose the right course.
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
Do you work within the building & construction industry? Are you looking for Skills Assessment/Gap Training (SAGT) or to complete a short course (e.g. licence, ticket, etc.) Then you are at the right place.
Civil Safety has been selected by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) as a preferred supplier of SAGT, Short Courses and Trade Start for the following.
SAGT - Civil Construction (Far North QLD, North West QLD, Northern QLD)
RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction
SAGT – General Construction
CPC30711 - Certificate III in Rigging
SHORT COURSES GENERAL CONSTRUCTION – CSQ
(Central, Far North, Gold Coast, Greater Brisbane, Mackay Whitsundays, North West, Northern, Sunshine Coast)
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
CPCCLHS3001A Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level
CPCCLSF4001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres
TLID3035 Operate a boom type elevating work platform
TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor
TLILIC0012 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes & above)
TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
TLILIC3006 Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
TLILIC3008 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
TLILIC4009 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
TLILIC4010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)
TLILIC4011 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
WHSQHRSRNCB01 Workplace health and safety representative (WHSQ short course – non-accredited)
Trainees that are eligible for the funding are permitted to undertake up to 3 competencies during the current funding program.
SHORT COURSES CIVIL CONSTRUCTION– CSQ
(Central, Far North, Mackay Whitsundays, North West, Northern Qld)
RIICOM301D Communicate information
RIIHAN301D Operate elevating work platform
RIIHAN309E Conduct telescopic material handler operations-
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO323D Conduct civil construction dozer operations
RIIMPO324E Conduct civil construction grader operations
RIIMPO325D Conduct civil construction scraper operations
RIIMPO326D Conduct civil construction water cart operations
RIIMPO337D conduct articulated haul truck operations
RIIMPO338D Conduct rigid haul truck operations
RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan
HIGHER LEVEL SKILLS
(Central QLD, Far North QLD, Mackay Whitsundays, North West QLD, Northern QLD, Wide Bay)
RII40715 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
Trade Start - Civil Construction (Delivery Region - Far North Queensland)
Rll20115 Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work
Call 1300 CIVIL S to check your eligibility to participate and what qualifications or short courses you may be able to achieve?
Funding is available until it runs out so enquire now.
CSQ is an independent industry funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry
BERT Training Fund
How Training Grants Work
1. Make sure that you are a BERT member.
2. Find out what course you would like to do and note the details. Make sure it's with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
3. Apply (here) for a grant online with BTF (BTF recommends you do this prior to undertaking the course) - allow 5 to 10 working days for approval.
4. Once your grant is approved in writing, pay and enrol in your chosen course and do the training.
5. When your training is complete send us:
A copy of the paid invoice from the RTO that delivered the training;
A copy of the training results (Statement of Attainment/Qualification or driving assessment report);
A copy of your Separation Certificate (if applicable); and
A copy of your bank statement clearly displaying the name of the bank, the account name and the BSB and account numbers.
Want to find out more?
Download the BERT Training Grants Fact Sheet (here) for further information on eligibility criteria and the type of courses we fund
It is a requirement for Civil Safety Pty Ltd to publish the most recent Australian Quality Training Framework audit report. View Civil Safety’s Audit Report (pdf) here