The Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) Program is an annual grants program that provides training subsidies to Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training providers (RTOs) to help cover the cost of providing quality training and assessment services for nationally recognised qualifications to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees. It is important to note that the subsidies are designed to be a contribution to the cost of providing these services and employers may be required to make a further financial contribution.
RTOs must ensure that the qualifications for which they are seeking subsidies are on their scope of registration at www.training.gov.au and that the qualifications are subsidised by Skills Tasmania. The Tasmanian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Listing identifies which qualifications are subsidised and includes the amount of subsidy that Skills Tasmania contributes.
The Program has guidelines and application and subsidy conditions which are outlined in the 2018 Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) RTO guide to the application process, eligibility criteria and conditions’ document.
The name of the User Choice program has been changed to the Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) for 2018 to better reflect the program’s purpose.
All Skills Tasmania endorsed RTOs are eligible to apply for a Fund agreement for 2018. For more information on the endorsement process, visit the Endorsed RTO page.
RTOs who wish to offer a Fund-subsidised place to apprentices/trainees who commence their training and assessment in 2018 can lodge an application for the Fund as soon as possible from 9 September 2017.
Fund applications must be completed and lodged online using SmartyGrants.
Applications must be accompanied by a completed ‘Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) SmartyGrants application – qualifications attachment’ form:
It is important to note the Fund has a new application process, new conditions and eligibility criteria which are outlined in the 2018 Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) RTO guide to the application process, eligibility criteria and conditions’ document.
All Fund enquiries should be directed to the Fund manager, Kelly Dixon, on 03 6165 6056 or by email.
Subsidies for existing workers in 2018
Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) subsidies for existing workers will continue for qualifications up to and including a Certificate IV level during 2018 unless otherwise advised and/or noted for each qualification on the Skills Tasmania approved apprenticeships and traineeships listing.
RTOs with an approved 2018 User Choice agreement are able to request additional places to that agreement via the Training Program Outline (TPO) provided to the RTO by the Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) when an employer and apprentice/trainee have chosen the RTO as their training provider. RTOs must only request additional places after their initial allocation has been exhausted.
The RTO is required to check that the apprentice or trainee is eligible for User Choice subsidies by referring to the learner eligibility section of the User Choice 2018 Guidelines and Conditions. Once eligibility is confirmed, the RTO can complete the funding source section of the TPO. The RTO must indicate that the apprentice or trainee is eligible and that an additional funding place is required by ticking the appropriate boxes on the TPO.
A copy of the completed TPO must be emailed to Skills Tasmania at TPO@skills.tas.gov.au at the same time a copy is emailed to the Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).
TPOs received with incomplete information are unable to be processed and will be returned to the RTO for completion and resubmission.
It is important to note that this is not an application process; it is a notification process that does not require the RTO to wait for approval from Skills Tasmania.
Formal notification will be provided by the Skills Tasmania Payments team early in the month following the approval. The formal notification will include a report outlining the increased allocation. The notification must be signed by the RTO’s nominated officer and a copy returned to Skills Tasmania before the change can be fully activated in the Skills Tasmania payments system.
It is important to note that as training package qualifications are upgraded and made available as apprenticeships and traineeships in Tasmania, RTOs must ensure that they apply to vary their User Choice agreement to include those new qualifications using this application:
It is important to apply to vary your User Choice agreement as soon as the qualifications are updated and available on the Tasmanian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Listing.
RTOs can apply to add qualifications to their 2018 User Choice agreement. This can occur when an RTO adds new qualifications to their scope of registration or when new apprentice or trainee business arises for qualifications already on scope.
To do this, the RTO must lodge a new application for the 2018 User Choice program for the new qualification(s).
When an RTO applies for qualifications new to its scope of registration, the RTO should include evidence of industry/employer support for the qualification and, where the number of places applied for exceeds one per qualification, the RTO should include evidence of employer need for a particular number of places for the qualification.
For further information about the Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) program contact:
Senior Workforce Development and Training Consultant
03 6165 6056
RTOs can access the details of all apprentices and trainees currently enrolled with them through TrainingNet.
To make application to have a qualification made available as an apprenticeship or traineeship please visit the Apprenticeship / Traineeship Application page.
This list provides information on the RTOs who have a current User Choice agreement with Skills Tasmania and who are able to receive User Choice subsidies for eligible trainees or apprentices.
For other RTOs who aren't listed here and deliver the same or similar training under User Choice arrangements, visit www.training.gov.au.