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.
User Choice (NT)
The Northern Territory (NT) Government is committed to building a skilled and competitive workforce to meet the needs of industry and business and fill job opportunities created by continuing strong economic growth in the NT. The objective of the User Choice Funding Program is to increase the responsiveness of the vocational education and training sector to meet the needs of clients through the encouragement of a direct and market driven relationship between individual public and private training providers and clients.
User choice funding is provided to registered training organisations to provide training and assessment to apprentices and trainees to achieve nationally recognised qualifications.
The User Choice Funding Program allows employers, together with the apprentices and trainees they employ, to choose which registered training organisation (RTO) will provide them with the training and assessment services and to negotiate key aspects of the training such as where, how and when it will be provided.
Qualifications available for apprenticeship and traineeship delivery in the NT are approved under the Training and Skills Development Act 2016 and listed on the NT apprenticeships and traineeships database.
Under the NT User Choice Funding Program, approved RTOs are funded for the provision of accredited training and assessment services to apprentices and trainees based on the nominal hours of the qualification paid at the appropriate industry rate. An additional loading is applied to training and assessment services provided to students in regional and remote areas.
In order to access this funding, you will need to meet the requirements below:
- work in the NT, AND
- be at least 15 years-of-age , AND
- be an:
- Australian citizen
- Permanent resident
- NZ passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months, or
- a person who holds a visa that is identified as being eligible, AND
- receive remuneration for their work, AND
- complete a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week (employment and training hours may be averaged over 4 weeks for non- school based training contracts), AND
- undertake an approved Australian Apprenticeship qualification with an approved RTO, as listed on the NT Qualifications Register; AND
- have the required supervision in the workplace for an Australian Apprentice.
Participants are required to have employers who have the capacity to support structured training in the proposed qualification.
Employing an apprentice or trainee can be an excellent way to expand your business.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine structured on-the-job and off-the-job training that leads to a nationally-recognised qualification.
You may be eligible for Commonwealth or Northern Territory Government incentives to help with the costs associated with employing an apprentice or trainee.
You may decide to offer a current staff member an apprenticeship or traineeship, or you may recruit an apprentice or trainee externally.
No User Choice fees payable by the employer or student.
There are no employer contribution payable by the employer.
Out of trade apprentices / trainees
Apprentices and trainees who have not completed the contractual requirements of their apprenticeship or traineeship due to the cancellation of the contract of training may be funded to continue their off-the-job training by the nominated RTO. Funding for off-the-job training will be provided for a period of up to 12 months while a new employer is sought. Any off the job training in this time must align to the work experiences achieved by the apprentice or trainee.
This option only applies to those apprentices and trainees whose training was funded through user choice prior to the cancellation of their contract of training.
An employee who has worked continuously for an employer either full-time for three months, or part-time or casual for 12 months, prior to entering into an apprenticeship or traineeship contract of training will be deemed an existing worker.
Under this policy, an existing worker:
- is eligible to access user choice funded training to undertake an apprenticeship.
- is not eligible to access user choice funded training to undertake a traineeship.
Exceptions to this policy are where the existing worker is:
- a person who worked when attending school and is subsequently entering a traineeship with the same employer
- undertaking a traineeship in an occupation experiencing skills shortages as listed on the NT Skilled Occupation Priority List
- progressing to a higher level qualification within the same national training package, no more than 12 months after completing a previous apprenticeship or traineeship. The department will fund only the one progression, for example, Certificate II to a Certificate III.
- an Aboriginal person.