New VET for School Students Guidelines for Training Providers and subsidised courses
Effective 1 January 2022
From 1 July 2021 training providers will need to use the new VET for School Students Guidelines for students seeking to commence a subsidised course from Semester 1, 2022.
The finalised list of subsidised courses available to school students, with an effective date of 1 January 2022 is now available to assist training providers and schools with planning for delivery. These courses have been agreed as providing school students with Flexible Industry Pathways that lead to employment in key growth industries in South Australia. The Department will include the courses in the release of the STL late 2021. Information on these courses is provided to the schooling sectors through the publication of Flexible Industry Pathways information by the Department of Education.
All training providers with a FAA are encouraged to review support materials in the Toolkit under Training School Students, and at the bottom of this page.
New eligibility age. Students who turn 16 in Year 11 are now able to access subsidised training from the beginning of the school year.
The following temporary measures have been put in place to support the training of school enrolled students in the current operating environment and due to the impact of COVID-19.
We recognise the impact of COVID-19 containment measures on the ability for school enrolled students to undertake work experience or to plan and complete relevant VET subjects prior to their application to undertake TGSS in 2021. We advise that these requirements for school enrolled students as an essential component of acceptance into TGSS courses commencing in 2021, will be waivered.
NTOs will maintain their responsibilities under ASQA to determine suitability for all students prior to acceptance into a VET course.
70- Hour Work Placement
In recognition of the current operating environment, we advise that for the period of COVID-19 containment measures it recognises the difficulty for TGSS participants to secure a work placement and will support flexibility for the minimum 70-hour work placement required as part of TGSS.
This flexibility applies to students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in courses without a structured work placement.
Structured Work Placement
For students undertaking courses with a structured work placement embedded in a course, we advise schools, students and NTOs that students will be supported to complete their training when a work placement is available; the training place will remain subsidised and available to support students to complete their qualification whether they have completed the SACE, left school or are still enrolled in school.
We will advise the secondary school sector when it expects this temporary provision to be lifted.
Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS)
Apprenticeships and traineeships for school students
Flexible Learning Options (FLO)
How it works
School enrolled students who are not able to meet the criteria for TGSS and who are designated by the Department for Education as FLO students may be eligible for subsidised training.
FLO allows a student enrolled in a state government secondary school in South Australia to be funded to undertake training options outside of the school campus while the school retains duty of care and responsibility for the student.
Meet Eligibility Requirements
FLO students seeking subsidised training must satisfy the following conditions:
- be 16 years or turning 16 years of age in year 11 and,
- have a FLO Case Manager assigned to them.
Obtain Exemption to eligibility requirements for subsidised training
FLO students must apply for an exemption to eligibility requirements through their school of enrolment. Their FLO Case Manager and their school’s FLO Coordinator completes Part A of the Form. The FLO Case Manager undertakes research into course options and providers and completes Part B and submits to Department for Innovation and Skills for approval.
Enrol in a course
If the application for exemption is approved a FLO Exemption Code is issued and the FLO Case Manager can contact the Training Provider identified in Part B and organise a face-to-face meeting with the FLO student.
The Training Provider assesses the suitability and eligibility of the FLO student and completes Part C.
If the Training Provider assesses the FLO 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 nine-character alphanumeric FLO Exemption Code into the Training Contract field.