FNQ Region

Funding for training

Government programs to support skills development 

There is a wide variety of funding sources available to prospective trainees and apprentices, employers, schools and local communities.

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Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program Federal Government

There are a number of incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Apprentices. There are also a number of personal benefit payments available to Australian Apprentices. Each incentive payment has a number of eligibility criteria that will be assessed by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.


User Choice Queensland Government

The User Choice program provides funding for the delivery of accredited, structured, entry level training for apprentices and trainees to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers.


School to Trade Pathway Incentive Queensland Government

The School to Trade Pathway provides employers with up to $5000 to commence a school-based apprentice and retain them in a full-time apprenticeship after they have completed their schooling.


Certificate 3 Guarantee Queensland Government

The Certificate 3 Guarantee gives eligible Queenslanders access to a government subsidised training place, up to and including their first post-school certificate level III qualification, in priority training areas.


Vet in Schools(VETiS) Queensland Government

Grants are provided to assist schools in expanding the breadth and depth of their VET in Schools programs to assist students to successfully progress to further education, training or employment.


Regional Workforce Development Funding(RWDF) Queensland Government

This initiative enables eligible FNQ small to medium size organisations (less than 199 employees) to apply for full funding for VET training of their existing workforce to address priority skills development issues.Proposals can be submitted by individual organisations or by a cluster of organisations that have identified the same issues and skilling requirements.

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Cape York Employment and Training Strategy (CYETS) Queensland Government

The Cape York Employment and Training Strategy assists organisations in Cape York to address real skill shortages and create job opportunities. Full funding for accredited training is available under CYETS and administered on a financial year basis.  The priority for CYETS is delivery of accredited training leading to sustainable employment outcomes.

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National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) Federal Government

Under the NWDF businesses are able to apply for funding to support training of their workers in areas of identified need. The program aims to help businesses lift their workforce capacity, provide workers with formal training and assist areas of the economy where skilled workers are needed the most.

The NWDF uses a partnership approach where Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) play a key role in administering the program and industry contributes to the cost of training.


Skills Connect Federal Government

The Skills Connect Fund enables employers to address their whole-of-workforce development needs by providing funding for access to nationally recognised, vocational education qualifications and skills sets, as well as foundation skills, mentoring and other support services. Industry is required to contribute to the cost of training and support services.


Community Learning Program Queensland Government

Funding is available for eligible organisations to deliver VET training and assessment services combined with the provision of learner support measures for disadvantaged learners.


Indigenous Funding Pool(IFP) Queensland Government

The Indigenous Funding Pool (IFP) provides funding across Queensland for demand-driven vocational education and training, assessment and related services that are linked to employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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VET FEE-HELP Federal Government

 VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level (diploma level and above) vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. VET FEE‑HELP can be used to pay all or part of an eligible student’s tuition fees, but cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.




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Department of Education and Training Far North Queensland

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