UPDATE: User Choice Funding changes from 1 January 2022.
In 2022, the ACT Government will be focusing VET investment to support Canberra’s economic recovery, with a strong focus on young people looking to enter the workforce, jobseekers who have lost work during COVID-19 and key industries experiencing skills shortages.
This means that User Choice Funding, which entitled eligible learners to discounted program fees, will no longer be provided across our range of programs that are not related to the updated ACT Skills Needs List of occupations.
Please note, these changed will have no impact on current learners.
How is User Choice funding changing from 1 January 2022?
- New Australian Apprentices (AAs) directly employed by the ACT or Australian Government will no longer be eligible for User Choice funding.
- User Choice subsidies will no longer be provided for existing workers undertaking training unless it relates to occupations identified on the ACT Skills Needs List, or sectors sustained by low-cost funding models (such as community services).
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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. In order to receive User Choice Funding, you must be signed up as a trainee on a Training Contract. Training Contracts in the ACT are managed by an Apprenticeship Network Provider: Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.
How does User Choice Funding work?
Apprenticeship Network Providers
Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP) are contracted by the Australian Government to provide services for people wanting to access an Australian Apprenticeship career path. Sarina Russo Apprenticeships are the sole ANP for the ACT. When you submit your enrolment form, and apply for User Choice Funding, you will receive and email with User Choice Funding sign up documentation to complete. We will then send your completed documentation to Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, who will arrange a Training Contract sign up with you and your employer.
It is your responsibility to confirm that you meet the User Choice Funding eligibility requirements and ensure that you are signed-up to a User Choice Funding Training Contract with Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.
More information regarding Sarina Russo Apprenticeships can be found here.