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Training guarantee for SACE students​

The Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) is for students who know they want to start a planned vocational pathway. They receive vocational education and training (VET) while they’re at school and continue it after they leave.

How it works

Through TGSS, the South Australian Government will pay funding to a Skills for All Training Provider for selected SACE students who are 16 years of age or older.

The student must be:

  • doing a substantial amount of VET delivered by a training provider
  • doing a qualification on the Skills for All Funded Training List that is designated as being available through TGSS.

The Skills for All Training Provider must:

  • guarantee the student a place to finish the VET qualification (which must be listed on the Funded training List as available under TGSS)
  • take the student in the year after the student completes SACE (or equivalent)
  • ensure the course is included on their Skills for All Training Provider course schedule.

Read the Instructions and Advice for managing TGSS and completing the Education and Training Plan proformas, and download the forms.

Qualifications available under TGSS

Qualifications available under TGSS are identified on the Funded Training List. Generally, these are certificate II and certificate III qualifications.

Eligibility criteria for students receiving funded training under TGSS

South Australian students who are 16 years and over and who are enrolled in and working towards completing the SACE (or equivalent) are eligible to receive funded training. They must also:

  • be planning to complete a certificate III qualification (or higher) soon after leaving school;
  • be undertaking at least 210 nominal hours of nationally accredited VET  as an integrated part of their senior secondary program; and
  • be undertaking at least 140 hours of work placement that is relevant to the qualification being studied.

TGSS is not available to students who are employed under a training contract as part of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

When does a student have to take up their guaranteed place with the provider?

Students are expected to take up their guaranteed place with the provider in the year after they complete SACE (or equivalent). If they do not, the guarantee will lapse.

It is anticipated that students will complete their certificate III (or higher) within one to two years of leaving school.

What if a student changes their mind about their guaranteed place?

If a student changes their mind they are not bound to complete their chosen qualification pathway.

However, there are limits on the amount of funded VET that individuals can undertake through Skills for All and this decision may impact on their access to funded training in future.

The responsibilities of a Skills for All Training Provider delivering under TGSS

Delivering training and assessment services under TGSS carries particular responsibilities. Training providers must:

  • show a special duty of care to school students, even though the student’s school has the principal duty of care
  • carefully monitor students’ progress and provide support when it is needed
  • work in partnership with the student’s school to assist in preparing an education and training plan for each student
  • regularly exchange information with the school about student attendance, engagement and progress
  • report all relevant student enrolment and completion data to schools in a timely way to ensure that schools can comply with the reporting requirements and timelines of the SACE Board
  • publish full, clear and accurate information to students including:
    • occupational and educational outcomes for the qualification
    • course duration, course contact hours, delivery modes, expected non-contact study times and other obligations such as work placement that students will need to fulfil to satisfactorily complete the course; and
    • student fee policies including information about additional fees for incidental expenses that a student may be charged
  • provide appropriate learning support services to students and meet the individual learning needs of each student to achieve successful outcomes
  • ensure that the student, the student’s family and the school is made well aware of the arrangements for the transition to the provider to take up their guaranteed place once the student has completed SACE (or equivalent) and left school
  • ensure that a guaranteed training place with the provider is available for the student to complete the qualification identified in the student’s education and training plan.

The responsibilities of a school in TGSS

Schools are responsible for recruiting and selecting students into TGSS. The student’s school must actively support the student to balance the demands of school, training and work placement and must:

  • select and counsel students according to criteria specified in the education and training plan (see below)
  • establish and maintain close working relationships with the Skills for All Training Provider, including negotiating arrangements for delivery of VET to the student
  • prepare and maintain a formal education and training plan that is co-signed by the student, parent/guardian, school principal and the Skills for All Training Provider
  • ensure that the VET component of the Education and Training Plan satisfies requirements of the SACE Board’s policy on Recognition Arrangements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the SACE
  • provide learning support
  • provide appropriate career information and advice relevant to the training being undertaken, with assistance from the Skills for All Training Provider
  • monitor student progress and intervene as required
  • organise and monitor relevant work placements.

Can a school deliver training on behalf of a Skills for All Training Provider?

A Skills for All Training Provider may not sub-contract to a school or other training provider unless that training provider or school is a Skills for All Training Provider with that course listed on their course schedule.

A Skills for All Training Provider may negotiate with the school to deliver training at the school site, or students may receive training at the Training Provider’s premises.

For more information, visit Training guarantee for SACE students.

Evaluation of the TGSS scheme

An independent evaluation of the TGSS scheme assessed the success of the scheme and made recommendations to improve the scheme.

A TGSS Working Group will assist in implementing ongoing quality improvements. 

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