TRADE SKILLS ASSESSMENT & GAP TRAINING PROGRAM
The Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training (TSAGT) Program is a Queensland Government subsidised program that gives eligible Queenslanders with substantial industry experience the opportunity to complete a priority trade qualification.
Funding for the TSAGT Program is now available with limited spaces.
The program involves:
- assessing the skills of experienced individuals who can demonstrate substantial competency in a priority trade qualification
- providing gap training of no more than 40 per cent of the funded competencies to complete the trade qualification.
In addition to supporting Queenslanders to achieve a priority trade qualification, the program aims to:
- minimise current and potential trade skills shortages
- address emerging trade skills needs in the economy or in communities
- support individual career advancement within industries.
The TSAGT Program targets individuals assessed as demonstrating substantial competency in a priority trade qualification.
Eligible participants will be skilled individuals who:
- can successfully complete a minimum of 60 per cent of the funded competencies in a priority trade qualification through recognition of prior learning (RPL)
- require gap training in no more than 40 per cent of the funded competencies of a priority trade qualification to enable completion of the qualification.
Selection of participants is at the discretion of funded organisations in close collaboration with industry and is subject to the eligibility criteria.
To be eligible, participants must also:
- be 21 years of age or over
- permanently reside in Queensland
- be an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
- not have previously completed a trade qualification in the same industry area, that is, a qualification within the same national training package
- not currently be an apprentice or trainee as defined in the Further Education and Training Act 2014.
InTech is approved to deliver the following qualifications under the TSAGT Program:
- AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
- MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning)
- MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Maintenance – Diesel Fitting)
- MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Maintenance – Fitting and/or Turning)
- MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Machining)
- MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
- MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing)
- MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding)
TSAGT PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Participants who have previously completed a trade qualification that is not in ‘the same industry area’ are eligible. For the purposes of the TSAGT Program, the same industry area is defined as a qualification within the same national training package.
Permission may be sought from the department to recruit participants outside of the eligibility criteria when accompanied by a business case addressing emerging skilling needs and verified evidence of employers’ commitment.
Yes. 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 the User Choice concessional rate.
Participants are required to pay the student contribution. The costs are between $1200.00 and $4500.00 depending on:
- The qualification and units of competence the participants are seeking an RPL in
- The location of the RPL
- The number of units that require gap training
- The data gathering method (where we require access to collect the evidence)
The definition of a priority trade qualification does not incorporate every qualification declared and listed as an apprenticeship or traineeship in the User Choice qualifications and price list.
The program targets most, but not all, apprenticeships that have been declared as a restricted calling in Queensland. Refer to the TSAGT Program eligible qualification list.
No. Gap training of one or more units of competency must occur.
No. While credit transfers can be reported under the program, a claim consisting entirely of credit transfers is not payable under the TSAGT agreement.