What is Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s?
Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s is a program set up by the Queensland Government to give training to young people in high priority areas.
Aimed at pairing keen young Queenslanders up with employers in sectors with a significant skills gap, the Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s scheme pays for eligible learners’ qualifications needed to begin work as an apprentice or trainee.
Once your apprenticeship starts, your employer will cover your wages, giving you an affordable route into longer-term work opportunities.
The scheme covers 139 priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications, which ensures that learners can find opportunities within industries that have a high number of companies that are keen to take on new staff members.
Courses in Queensland
Free apprenticeships for under 25s Courses in Queensland
What courses does Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s subsidise?
The Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s program covers many different areas of work and industries. Learners can choose an apprenticeship or traineeship in any of the 139 priority areas that are within the program and then receive relevant free training in that area.
Priority areas include:
• Agriculture and horticulture
• Beauty and hairdressing
• Building and construction
• Child care
• Community services
• Electrotechnology and utilities
• Hospitality and cookery
• Laboratory science
• Manufacturing and design
• Meat processing
• Resources and mining
• Water industry
Learners can access priority qualifications at certificate level II and III with the highest being certificate IV depending on the course area.
Am I eligible for Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s?
To access this scheme, there are eligibility requirements you must meet before starting your course.
The eligibility requirements are:
• You must be under the age of 25 before commencing your training.
• You must commence or have started your course between the 1st of January 2021 and the 30th of September 2022.
• You must be over the age of 13 (this age may be higher depending on the apprenticeship or traineeship).
• You must have signed consent from a parent or guardian that you are in the care of if you are under the age of 18 when your apprenticeship starts.
• You must also be an Australian or New Zealand citizen with a valid passport or have a visa that permits employment.
Others Government Funding Schemes in Queensland
JobTrainer provides fully subsidised training courses in industries with high skills demand and employment growth, and for school leavers, young people and job seekers.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint is a government program that supports Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can enhance their current careers or find new jobs.Learn More
User Choice is a government funding program that helps Australian Apprentices by contributing to the cost of training and assessment services.Learn More
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee program could help pay for your first certificate III level qualification.Learn More
Free TAFE for under 25s
All under 25s in Queensland can access training for 26 priority certificate III qualifications for free, opening up new and exciting opportunities for young people in the area.Learn More
Higher Level Skills
The higher level skills program aims to equip Queenslanders with the necessary abilities to find work in priority industries or to move on towards a university education.Learn More
What is the aim of the Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s initiative
The aim of this scheme is to match up keen jobseekers with high priority apprenticeship opportunities. As the cost of training is covered, incentives like these are designed to encourage young people in Queensland to take on exciting career opportunities.
Will this scheme lead to long-term job opportunities?
The qualifications and industry areas that this scheme supports are high priority areas, meaning that there should be plenty of opportunities for Queensland apprentices and trainees either within the company they’re working for or within similar businesses.
Will my training be relevant to my apprenticeship or traineeship
The fee-free training you will receive will be matched up to the apprenticeship or traineeship you choose, meaning that you will have a qualification that perfectly matches up with the skills needed to succeed in your apprenticeship or traineeship.