User Choice

Calibre Training & Development is an approved pre-qualified supplier of User Choice Funding.

The User Choice 2021-2022 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

How Does the Program Work?

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. 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.

What Training is Available?

User Choice is targeted at priority qualifications in Queensland. Calibre Training & Development currently has approval to deliver the following qualifications for eligible Trainees/Apprentices under User Choice:

PMA30120  Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
RII30820  Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
RII30920  Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance)
RII30920  Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Layer)
TLI31216  Certificate III in Driving Operations
TLI30319  Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations
BSB30120  Certificate III in Business


What Level of Subsidy is Available?

The investment priority or importance of the training determines the size of the government subsidy.  Training in vocational areas that align with important economic and industry skill needs will receive a higher government subsidy. A high subsidy will also be paid to support participation by concessional students, such as disadvantaged learners, and those undertaking training in remote locations.


Does the Individual Need to Contribute to the Cost of Training?

Given the benefits that accrue to individuals from training, students, undertaking a Traineeship/Apprenticeship under User Choice will be required to contribute to the costs of their training through a student contribution fee.

The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by the employer or a third party, but not by their training organisation.

Fee amounts can change depending on elective units chosen.

Currently fees are charged at $1.60 per nominal hours.