School enrolled students who are not intending to complete SACE and who are registered with an Innovative Community Action Network (ICAN) may be eligible for Skills for All ICAN.
Training school enrolled students
There are three ways that school enrolled students over the age of 16 may be eligible to access Skills for All funded training:
- Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS)
- Australian School Based Apprenticeship/traineeship (ASBA)
- Skills for All ICAN.
How Skills for All ICAN works
The state government has created Innovative Community Action Networks (ICANs) who work with students enrolled in government schools who are disengaged from schooling and at risk of not completing their secondary school education. The networks provide these students with an ICAN Case Manager who works with the school’s Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Coordinator to provide opportunities designed to keep the student on a worthwhile learning pathway.
For example, the student, school FLO Coordinator and ICAN Case Manager might agree that the student should undertake a full VET qualification that may lead to employment.
Although enrolled at a school, these students may not actually attend school and may not satisfy the criteria for TGSS or ASBA. If they would like to undertake a VET qualification through Skills for All, they need an ICAN exemption so they can enrol with a Skills for All Training Provider.
Eligibility for the ICAN/FLO Program
A school enrolled student can only receive an exemption to the Skills for All eligiblity criteria if they are registered with an ICAN and meet the eligibility requirements below.
The student must:
- be aged 16 years or over and enrolled in a government secondary school
- be an ICAN student and have an ICAN Case Manager assigned to them
- have achieved the required minimum levels of engagement across the ICAN Student Engagement Matrix
- have adequate literacy and numeracy levels to commence training and be successful (ICAN Case Managers will make contact with their chosen provider before seeking exemption to determine whether the student meets minimum entry requirements for the course)
- have their application for exemption approved and signed by the Representative of the Minister and receive an ICAN Approval Code (which is used by Skills for All Training Providers when creating a Training Account for the student in VETA)
- meet all other Skills for All eligibility requirements.
Skills for All ICAN recruitment and enrolment process
The process for recruiting and enrolling students into Skills for All ICAN starts with the school and involves the completion of the ICAN Referral and Application for Exemption form. The following steps must be followed in sequence:
- School FLO Coordinator counsels student (and parent/guardian) and completes Part A of form.
- ICAN Case Manager consults Skills for All Infoline and completes Part B.
- Career Development Service Provider consults with student and completes Part C.
- ICAN Case Manager consults the Skills for All Training Provider and completes Part D.
- ICAN Case Manager scans and emails the whole application for exemption form to DSD.email@example.com.
- The Representative of the Minister assesses the application and scans and emails a copy of the processed application to the ICAN/FLO Coordinator and to ICAN Case Manager.
- ICAN Case Manager and student meet with the Skills for All Training Provider who makes final eligibility and suitability checks and discusses enrolment.
- Skills for All Training Provider enrols student and completes Part E of the form. The completed exemption form contains the ten character ICAN Approval Code (ICANxxxxxx) to use when creating a Training Account for the student.
Payment of course fees for Skills for All ICAN students
There are no course fees at a certificate I or II level, but generally ICAN students are not encouraged to undertake certificate I courses through Skills for All. Training Providers may charge a course fee for courses at certificate III level and above. The FLO Coordinator at the student’s school will approve the payment of fees. Students eligible for concessions will have the concession applied to their fee, and the Training Provider will invoice the school for the balance.
See concessions, student loans and allowances for more information about concessions.
- Read the Frequently asked questions about Skills for All ICAN.
- Call the Infoline on 1800 506 266, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.