Fee-free apprenticeships on offer to school leavers

SCHOOL leavers will have access to fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand industries critical in ensuring Queensland's economic future.

Eleven high-priority qualifications have no fees under the Certificate III Guarantee if students begin their training in the calendar year after finishing Year 12.

Year 12 graduates would also be able to access fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand industries under the User Choice program from 2014.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said well trained staff were integral to building the strong four-pillar economy which was central to the LNP's 2012 election campaign.

Mr Langbroek, who will announce the move today (WED) at Kawana Waters State College on the Sunshine Coast, said the vocational education and training sector was "a real mess", with below standard training facilities and dwindling student numbers.

He said reforming the VET sector would ensure training led to real jobs and increased productivity.

"Eligible apprentices and trainees employed in high priority industries such as construction, manufacturing, automotive and community services will not have to pay student fees, which can act as a barrier for young people to complete their training," he said.

"Year 12 graduates now have an extra incentive to continue their studies in these areas that are critical to the future of Queensland's economy.

"I would urge this year's Year 12s to consider taking up this offer which not only covers a wide range of qualifications but offers training from both public and private training providers."

The subsidised training will become contestable and open to approved private training providers from July 1, 2014.

"By creating a contestable training market we will build the sector's overall capacity and lift quality by encouraging innovation in service delivery, course content and training outcomes," Assistant Minister Saxon Rice.

For more information on the new training options, click here.

 Eligible certificate III qualifications

- Manufacturing Technology
- Laboratory Skills
- Drilling Oil/Gas (On Shore)
- Aboriculture
- Landscape Construction
- Parks and Gardens
- Water Operations
- Aged Care
- Home and Community Care
- Children's Services
- Disability

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