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 subsidised training. 

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Training school enrolled students

There are three ways that school enrolled students over the age of 16 may be eligible to access government subsidised training:

  • Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS)
  • Australian School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (ASbA)
  • ICAN.

How 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 do 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 do a VET qualification through government subsidised training, they need an ICAN exemption so they can enrol with a Training Provider.

Eligibility for the ICAN/FLO Program

A school enrolled student can only receive an exemption to the WorkReady eligibility 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 met the required minimum levels of engagement across the ICAN Student Engagement Matrix
  • have adequate literacy and numeracy levels to start training and be successful (ICAN Case Managers will contact their chosen provider before seeking exemption to decide whether the student meets the 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 (used by Training Providers when creating a Training Account for the student)
  • meet all other eligibility requirements.

ICAN recruitment and enrolment process

The process for recruiting and enrolling students into ICAN starts with the school. It involves the completion of the ICAN Referral and Application for Exemption form. The following steps must be done in order:

  1. School FLO Coordinator counsels student (and parent/guardian) and completes Part A of the ICAN Referral and Application for Exemption form.
  2. ICAN Case Manager talks to the Infoline and completes Part B of the form.
  3. Career Development Service Provider talks with the student and completes Part C of the form.
  4. ICAN Case Manager talks to the Training Provider and completes Part D of the form.
  5. ICAN Case Manager scans and emails the application for exemption form to
  6. 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 the ICAN Case Manager.
  7. ICAN Case Manager and student meet with the Training Provider who makes final eligibility and suitability checks and discusses enrolment.
  8. Training Provider enrols student and completes Part E of the form. The completed exemption form has the ten character ICAN Approval Code (ICANxxxxxx) to use when creating a Training Account for the student.

Payment of course fees for ICAN students

Training Providers may charge a course fee for courses at certificate II level that  are not 'TGSS Approved' and for courses at certificate level III and above. The FLO Coordinator at the student’s school will approve the payment of fees to be paid by the school. 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.

Next steps

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about ICAN.
  2. Call the Infoline on 1800 506 266 or email us at for more information.
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