​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Free training for Year 12 graduates

​To support Year 12 graduates into work, the Queensland Government offers free training in high priority areas.

School leavers can kick-start their careers by learning skills employers want, without the financial burden of student contribution fees.

Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to take advantage of this great opportunity.​

To be eligible for free training, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by 31 December the year after graduating (e.g. 2017 graduates have to start by 31 December 2018)
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

Eligibi​lity rules also apply.


With up to 160 high priority qualifications to choose from, free training is a pathway to employment and career success.

You could study a range of industry areas - from automotive and engineering, to horticulture, hospitality and community services.

Training is offered through apprenticeships, traineeships and other vocational education and training (VET) courses up to certificate III level.

High priority qualifications are identified as offering the skills needed most by employers and industry, so you gain a competitive edge on the job front.

View the current list of high priority qualifications​ on the Queensland Skills Gateway.


Free means the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training in a high priority qualification, so eligible students don't contribute to training fees.

Students may incur related costs, however, such as uniform and resource costs for apprentices and trainees.

​Steps to access fre​​e training  ​

​Follow these steps to access free training for Year 12 graduates.

Think about what you want to study what you're good at, what you care about, what you enjoy.

Ask people about careers that interest you.

Seek career planning and advice to narrow your choices.


Find a qualification that matches your needs.

You can search jobs and courses on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Enter a job title in 'Find an occupation' to learn about the skills and tasks involved, plus the training pathways and qualifications to get you there.

Use 'Find a training course' to search jobs and qualifications, and filter results by 'Free training Yr 12 grads' to see if any courses are free.

You can also use the gateway to view the full list of current free training courses.

If you need help, call us on 1300 369 935 and we'll step you through the match-making process.

If your qualification is delivered via an apprenticeship or traineeship, you also need to find an employer. It could be a business or group training organisation that places you with businesses. See what's involved on the Apprenticeships Info website.


Like your study choice, choosing the right training provider requires research.

On the Queensland Skills Gateway, filter your course search by 'free training Yr 12 grads' to find training providers that offer free training. Click the 'View Providers' icon.

You can then contact these providers directly for more information, including course details and how to enrol.


For apprenticeships and traineeships, follow the steps to get started​ on the Apprenticeships Info website.


Choosing the right course and training provider is a big deal. Like all big purchases, research is key.

Follow additional steps in our training consumer tips to research your options before making a decision.

Remember, choose carefully. The free training applies to high priority qualifications under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice​ programs. By committing to a course, you may exhaust your entitlement to further subsidised training.

​​​​​​​​More in​​formation

Rea​d frequently asked questions.

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Help and ​​​support

We're keen to help.​

Call our Training Queensland team on 1300 369 935 or email us at training@det.qld.gov.au​.

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Last updated
02 August 2018