Government funding and incentives
The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing more jobs for Tasmanians.
Training can help you get a good job, provide a better career path and improve your life opportunities.
TheTasmanian Government helps pay for the cost of training by subsidising a wide range of qualifications.This includes foundation skills, certificate level qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships, and some diploma level courses.
Subsidised training is provided by approved registered training organisations (RTOs) who offer quality skills education.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships are employment-based training arrangements where an apprentice or trainee has the opportunity to combine employment with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.
All apprentices and trainees are referred to as ‘Australian Apprentices’, a term that covers all apprenticeships and traineeships. Traineeships and apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications.
Apprenticeships and traineeships offer a great way to get a head start in a chosen career through paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time.
Competency-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow for the training contract to be completed on successfully achieving the nominated qualification. This leads to a nationally recognised qualification and skills within your chosen occupation.
Types of apprenticeships and traineeships
In Tasmania, an apprenticeship is generally up to four years, and most traineeships are 12-24 months. The approved apprenticeships/traineeships in Tasmania list, lists all available funded, non-funded and school-based apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications in Tasmania.
School-based apprenticeships/traineeships are another alternative, which have been designed to allow young people to commence employment based training while completing year 10, 11 and 12 of their education.
Am I eligible for Tasmanian Government training subsidies?
You may be eligible to access Government subsidies to help to pay for your training. To be eligible to receive government subsidies must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- Australian or NZ citizen, or
- Australian permanent resident, or
- State sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residence
and be of:
- Working age
- Not at school (other than a school based apprentice)
- Reside in Tasmania
National Training Entitlement eligibility also requires that learners:
- Do not have a Certificate IV or higher qualification
- Have not completed a Certificate III qualification (including apprenticeship or traineeship) in the last five years
- Are not currently enrolled in another publicly subsidised Certificate III
A training contract can only be approved and continue to be current if:
- there is an employment arrangement/contract that guarantees employment for the trainee/apprentice for the duration of the training contract
- there are hours of employment that match the hours nominated in the training contract, can be more if agreed by the parties but can only be less if prior approval is granted by the Tasmanian Training Agreements Committee (TTAC)
- there is a regular pattern of work
- there are appropriate facilities
- there are relevant tasks that relate to the qualification
- there is on-the-job supervision and instruction by a qualified or suitably experienced person
- there is training and assessment as per the training plan that has been negotiated with the registered training organisation (RTO)
- there is a safe workplace that meets OH&S requirements
- there is payment for all time spent in training
For more information visit Skills Tasmania