​​​​​​​Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program applicant FAQs

Who can apply for funding?

Approved User Choice pre-qualified suppliers that have experience in technical training based on specific industry trade entry standards and links with employers willing to employ graduates on completion of the program.

What is a pre-qualified supplier?

A pre-qualified supplier (PQS) is a registered training organisation (RTO) pre-approved by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to deliver subsidised training through the Annual VET Investment Plan.

Must we be a pre-qualified supplier?

Yes, to be eligible to deliver training and assessment services subsidised by the Department of Education and Training (DET), through the Annual VET Investment Plan funded programs, an RTO must have pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status. For this program, applicants must be a User Choice PQS and the qualifications proposed for delivery must be on the applicant's PQS scope of registration at the time of submitting the application.

How much funding can be applied for?

There is no minimum amount of funding per application. Funding is provided at the rate of $2000 per participant at the completion of the recognition of prior learning and $2700 per participant to deliver the gap training required to complete the qualification, as outlined in the Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program Policy 2016-17​.

Are participants eligible if they have already completed a trade qualification?

No. However, permission may be sought from the department to recruit participants outside of the eligibility criteria when accompanied by a detailed business case addressing emerging needs and verified evidence of employer commitment. It is recommended that requests to recruit outside the eligibility criteria are submitted with the application for funding.

Do participants need to contribute to the cost of the training?

Yes, all participants will be required to contribute to the cost of their gap training only at the rate of $1.60 per nominal hour or, where eligible, at a concessional rate determined by the PQS.

What qualifications are funded under the program?

The definition of a priority trade qualification does not incorporate every qualification declared and listed as an apprenticeship or traineeship in the User Choice 2010-2016 qualifications and price list.

The program targets those apprenticeships that have either been declared as a restricted calling in Queensland or the qualification is in an apprenticeship area that has previously been declared as a restricted calling in Queensland.

Refer to the Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Tra​ining Program Policy 2016-17​ and the Queensland Training Information Service for further information.

Can the entire qualification be completed through recognition of prior learning?

No. Gap training must occur.

Can we apply for this funding if we have been approved for other government funding?

Yes, providing this application does not duplicate the other government funded projects for which you have been approved.

Can we apply for more than one project?

Yes, eligible PQS may submit multiple applications as long as they meet the funding guidelines and the applications do not duplicate each other. However, as there is no maximum project amount, single applications would be preferred.​

How will I know if my a​​pplication has been received?

On submitting your application you will receive an acknowledgement email advice with a reference number. Please contact vetinvestment@det.qld.gov.au if you do not receive this email confirmation.

How will I know if I am su​​ccessful in gaining funding?

All applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of their application.

If we are unsuccessf​​​​​ul in this funding round, can we apply in future funding rounds?

Being unsuccessful in a funding round does not necessarily exclude or disqualify your organisation from applying to the department in future funding rounds.

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Last updated
30 June 2017