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Information for Skills for All Training Providers about training secondary school students enrolled in a Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) school as an ICAN/FLO student.

How ICAN/FLO works

The Innovative Community Action Network (ICAN) works with students enrolled in a DECD school who are over 16 but not on a pathway to achieving the SACE. These students are disengaged in schooling and at risk of leaving early and have indicated a genuine interest in achieving a full VET qualification rather than proceed with the SACE.

School Flexible Learning Options (FLO) coordinators are responsible for ICAN students. In discussions with an ICAN student they may agree that the student is a candidate for the ICAN pilot. They will then engage the ICAN Case Manager who has regular contact with the student.  The ICAN Case Manager will work with the student to complete an application to enable an exemption to the Skills for All eligibility requirements in relation to being a school student. (Note – generally school students are not eligible for Skills for All training. ICAN students are technically associated with a school, even though they may not be attending a school.  For this reason they need an exemption from this Skills for All eligibility requirement so they can enrol with a Skills for All Training Provider. Training Providers need the exemption form to set up a Skills for All Training Account for an ICAN student.)

Eligibility for the ICAN/FLO program

School students can only receive the ICAN exemption if they are an ICAN Student and meet the eligibility requirements below.

Students must:

  • be aged 16-19 years
  • be an ICAN Student working with an ICAN Case Manager
  • have achieved a satisfactory level of engagement to life and learning and COMPASS assessment. See the COMPASS assessment report and the Engagement matrix.
  • receive a Skills for All exemption from their ICAN Case Manager – this exemption is used by Skills for All Training Providers when setting up a training account in VETA.
  • meet all Skills for All eligibility requirements.

See Eligibility explained for more information about Skills for All eligibility requirements.

Enrolment and payment of course fees for ICAN/FLO students

ICAN Case Managers will make contact with the chosen Skills for All Training Provider only after they have gained an exemption for the ICAN student from Skills SA. Students who contact you themselves will have to be reminded that contact comes from the ICAN Case Manager not the student.

Prospective students and their ICAN Case Manager will meet with you to discuss the training possibilities, any pre-requisites and possible enrolment. If you decide the student is ready for the course at the level you have discussed, the ICAN Case Manager will hand you the completed exemption form which will contain an exemption number to use when you are creating a student account. The ten character exemption number (ICANxxxxxx) needs to be entered into VETA under the ‘training contract’ option where you would normally place the training contract number.

If you decide the student is not yet ready to undertake the qualification you must provide written feedback to the student as to the reasons why you have decided they are not yet ready.

Courses at a certificate I or II level will be fee free. Courses at certificate III level and above will attract a course fee. 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 balance will be invoiced to the school.

See concessions, student loans and allowances for more information about concessions.

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