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Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s

Thanks to the Queensland Government, young Queenslanders can gain a qualification through free training for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Free apprenticeships for under 21s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence a new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 21, in a priority qualification between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2023. For more information, visit the Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website, or call 13 27 86

This initiative replaces the Free TAFE for Year 12 Graduates apprenticeship and traineeship initiative. All apprentices and trainees already eligible for fee-free training under the Free TAFE initiative continue to be eligible under the Free apprentices for under 21s initiative.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Free apprenticeships for under 21s program:

  • You must have under the age of 21
  • You must be employed as an apprentice or trainee under a Training contract on or after 1 July 2019
  • You must be enrolled in one of the priority qualifications.

Fully Subsidised Courses

The below table outlines the list of fully subsidised qualifications available at CQUniversity for the Free apprenticeship for under 21s program:

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

AHC30916 – Certificate III in Landscape Construction (Apprenticeship)
AHC31016 – Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (Apprenticeship)
AUR30316 – Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (Apprenticeship)
AUR30616 – Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (Apprenticeship)
AUR31116 – Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (Apprenticeship)
AUR31216 – Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (Apprenticeship)
CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)
CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Apprenticeship) (28 units)
CPC30111 – Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying (Apprenticeship)
CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry (Apprenticeship)
CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprenticeship)
MEM30205 – Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Apprenticeship)
MEM30305 – Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Apprenticeship)
MSF31113 – Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Apprenticeship)
MSL40118 – Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Traineeship)
SHB30416 – Certificate III in Hairdressing (Apprenticeship)
SIT30616 – Certificate III in Hospitality (Traineeship)
SIT30816 – Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Apprenticeship)
UEE30811 – Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) (Apprenticeship)
UEE31211 – Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control (Apprenticeship)