What is User Choice Funding (UCF)?

User Choice Funding is an Australian Government Apprenticeships initiative that provides partial funding for training to eligible individuals and groups. Unlike a study loan, you don’t have to repay the government for the cost of the study. It is an incentive that aims to give people equal opportunity to enhance their skills in key areas by reducing the out-of-pocket costs for that individual or their employer.

How does User Choice Funding work?

Which CIT Solutions qualifications are eligible for UCF?

Am I eligible for UCF?

To be eligible for an ACT training contract you must:

  • Work in the ACT - full or part-time for a minimum of 15 hours per week (not casual)
    • If you are a non-ongoing employee your contract must cover the nominal contract length which is 2 years.  If your contract does not extend to this length, please call us on 02 6207 4444 to discuss your options.
  • Be at least 15 years-of-age
  • Be:
    • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months.
    • A person who holds a visa that is identified as being eligible (See page 7 of the ACT Requirements for Apprenticeship Network Providers)
  • Be applying for a qualification in a field that you are employed in and are able to apply and demonstrate the learning in your role
  • Not have completed the same qualification previously

Am I an existing worker or a new worker

New Worker (NW) - Employed less than three months full-time or twelve months part-time/casual equivalent, up to the commencement date of the training contract. An individual converting from an ASbA or Australian Apprenticeship while attending school, to a post-school Australian Apprenticeship, will be considered a NW. An AA previously employed by a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and working for a host employer, now working directly for the host employer will also be considered a NW.

Existing Worker (EW) - Employed as a permanent or casual employee for more than three months full-time or twelve months pat-time prior to the commencement date of the training contract, in a qualification where funding for existing workers is available in the ACT Qualifications Register.

You will need to have the support of your employer/supervisor to undertake the training. You can provide them with this flyer for further information about the funding.

  • Your employer/supervisor must support you to attend the training sessions and allow you time to complete your out of class work. This should be considered normal working hours.
  • You and your supervisor/employer must sign a training contract (Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will contact you to arrange this in person) and a training plan
  • You will need to have access to appropriate supervision while undertaking your study (for example supervised by someone who holds the qualification or has equivalent experience).

During your training you must:

  • Attend all training days
  • Complete all required assessments
  • Keep CIT Solutions informed of any changes to your current circumstances and if you need support in completing the program

Have any questions about User Choice Funding?

Our team would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding User Choice Funding and any of our programs.
Contact us on (02) 6207 4444 or email us at citsol@cit.edu.au

For more information on Australian Apprenticeships, see the National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships.

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