The Australian Government and state/territory governments provide funding for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. It is underpinned by:

  • high standards of training
  • strategically targeted funding
  • industry developed training packages.

The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) manages funding for a variety of programs related to the VET, higher education and adult community education sectors.

Funded training initiatives offered by the Directorate include:

  • Skilled capital
  • Australian Apprenticeships

Skilled capital

The Skilled Capital initiative provides $21 million over three years to improve access to high quality training in areas of skills and increase the employment prospects for students. The initiative also provides a comprehensive range of support services to ensure students accessing training receive the help they need to successfully complete their chosen qualification.

Skilled Capital qualifications are a subset of qualifications from the ACT skills needs list and include a selection of certificate II qualifications. Registered training organisations (RTOs) must be approved to deliver training under Skilled Capital.

The number of training places available under Skilled Capital is capped for each qualification. Qualification caps may be adjusted throughout the initiative based on enrolment uptake, changing skills needs and budgetary constraints.

    Australian apprenticeships

    Australian Apprenticeships include both apprenticeships and traineeships which combine practical work with structured learning and lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They are a great way to recruit and train employees and offer a huge choice of qualifications to improve the operation of any business.

    Australian Apprenticeships are ‘competency based’ which means training can be completed as soon as the required skill level in the full qualification is reached.

    The funding provided for Australian Apprenticeships is known as User Choice. User Choice is a national funding policy for Australian Apprenticeships promoting choice in training services provided to employers and Australian Apprentices.

    A key feature of Australian Apprenticeships is more flexibility for the users (employers and Australian Apprentices) of the training system. User Choice is a model for achieving client responsive training which means that businesses and Australian Apprentices can select their own registered training organisation (RTO) and negotiate how, where and when the training and assessment is to occur.

    Participant eligibility

    Any Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent Australian resident who enters into a training contract with an ACT employer is eligible to be an ACT Australian Apprentice.

    An ACT employer is defined as an employer with an ACT workplace address on the training contract. The workplace address on the training contract must be a physical address in the ACT, not a PO Box.

    To be eligible for an ACT training contract the potential Australian Apprentice must:

    • be at least 15 years of age; and
    • receive remuneration for their work; and
    • fulfil a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week; and
    • undertake an approved Australian Apprenticeship qualification with an approved RTO, as specified on the ACT Australian Apprenticeships Register

    An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) must:

    • be enrolled in a school under the relevant Education Act
    • have the ASBA qualification recognised on their school Certificate
    • combine part-time work with an employer and structured industry-approved training whilst attending school
    • continue employment and on/off-the-job training throughout the year including school holidays
    • complete a minimum of 11 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate II qualification, this includes 8 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
    • complete a minimum of 15 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate III qualification, this includes 12 hours of work and 3 hours per week of structured training
    • participate in a maximum of 20 hours (combined work and training) towards their Australian Apprenticeship per week.

    For more information visit the ACT Education and Training Directorate website