School enrolled students who are not intending to complete SACE and who are designated by the Department of Education and Child Development as ICAN students 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.

ICAN students

ICAN students are enrolled in a state government secondary school in South Australia under the Department of Education and Child Development’s Flexible Learning Options (FLO) enrolment strategy.  The FLO strategy allows the school student to be funded to undertake training options outside of the school campus while the school retains duty of care and responsibility for the student.

FLO is a type of enrolment that is used to support school enrolled students who have complex needs. These students are referred to as ICAN students.

Exemption to WorkReady eligibility requirements

ICAN students who want access to WorkReady subsidised training must first apply for an exemption to WorkReady eligibility requirements using the WorkReady ICAN Application for Exemption form. 

ICAN students seeking an exemption must satisfy the following conditions:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • have an ICAN Case Manager assigned to them
  • meet the minimum level of 'moderately engaged' on the ICAN Student Engagement Matrix
  • have the literacy and numeracy levels adequate to commence and successfully complete their training.

Read more about the WorkReady offer for school enrolled students.

ICAN Application for Exemption Form process

The process for an ICAN Application for Exemption Form (“Form”) is initiated by the ICAN student’s school of enrolment.  The process occurs as follows:

  1. In consultation with the ICAN student and their ICAN Case Manager, the enrolling school’s FLO Co-ordinator completes Part A of the Form.
  2. The ICAN Case Manager undertakes research into course options and providers and completes Part B.
  3. The ICAN Case Manager makes an appointment with a DSD Career Development Service Provider.  The Provider interviews the ICAN student and completes Part C.
  4. The ICAN Case Manager forwards the Form to DSD and the Representative of the Minister assesses the application.  The Office Use Only section on page one of the Form is completed and the processed application is emailed back to the ICAN Case Manager and FLO Co-ordinator.
  5. If the Representative of the Minister approves the application for exemption and issues an ICAN Exemption Code, the ICAN Case Manager can then contact the WorkReady Training Provider identified in Part B and organise a face-to-face meeting with the ICAN student.
  6. The WorkReady Training Provider assesses the suitability and eligibility of the ICAN student and completes Part D.
  7. If the WorkReady Training Provider assesses the ICAN student to be suitable and eligible for the course, the Training Provider can then proceed with the normal enrolment processes.  When creating the Training Account the Training Provider will enter the ten character alphanumeric ICAN Exemption Code into the Training Contract field.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about how to apply for a WorkReady ICAN exemption.

Next steps

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