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Free apprenticeships for under 25s

The Queensland government is supporting young Queenslanders up to the age of 25 by providing access to fully subsidised training across a range of priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications. 

Free apprenticeships for under 25s explained

Free apprenticeships for under 25s was introduced by the Queensland Government in January 2021. If you are an apprentice or trainee studying a priority qualification, the training fees associated with your study will be covered by the Queensland Government.

Typically, these fees are $1.60 per hour of training at TAFE Queensland.

In most cases employers will pay this fee for their apprentices or trainees. Other times the apprentice or trainee will pay it. If you’re eligible for the free apprenticeships for under 25s program, the Queensland Government will pay this on your behalf.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for Free apprenticeships for under 25s, you must be employed in Queensland as an apprentice or trainee under a training contract in one of the priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications. You must commence, or be undertaking, your training between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2023. 

 

Eligible qualifications

TAFE Queensland currently offers a number of qualifications that are eligible under the Queensland Government’s Free apprenticeships for under 25s program.

  • Certificate II in Water Industry Operations (NWP20115)
  • Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (UEE3211)
  • Certificate III in Appliance Service (UEE32111)
  • Certificate III in Data and Voice Communications (UEE30411)
  • Certificate III in Electrical Fitting (UEE33011)
  • Certificate III in Electrical Machine Repair (UEE30611)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician incorporating Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control (UEE3081/UEE31211) 
  • 18105-Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Rail Traction (UET30712)
  • 18121-Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Transmission Overhead (UET30512)
  • Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control (UEE31211)
  • Certificate III in Security Equipment (UEE31411)
  • Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks) (NWP30215)
  • 17847-Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (NWP30315)

  • 17953- Certificate III in Engineering - Electrical/Electronic Trade (MEM30405)
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (MEM30305)
  • 17936-Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding) (MEM30305)
  • 17660-Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Casting and Moulding) (MEM30305)
  • 17937-Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Sheetmetal) (MEM30305)
  • 17960-Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Patternmaking) (MEM30305)
  • 17935-Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing) (MEM30305)
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (MEM30205)
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machining) (MEM30205)
  • 17939-Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitting) (MEM30205)
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Fitting and/or Turning) (MEM30205)
  • 17946-Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) (MEM30205)
  • 17944-Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Toolmaking) (MEM30205)
  • Certificate III in Locksmithing (MEM30805)
  • Certificiate IV in Engineering (MEM40105)

  • Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction (MEM30705) 

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) (CHC33015)
  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30118)
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118)

Information for apprentices and trainees

Find out everything you need to know about completing your apprenticeship or traineeship with TAFE Queensland. 

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