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Training for School Based Students

What is TGSS?

Sign up to a Training Guarantee while you’re at school. As part of your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), or equivalent senior secondary certificate, you’ll put yourself on a pathway to a job or trade.

The Training Guarantee for SACE students enables you to start training for your Certificate III pathway at school. You’ll earn credits towards your VET qualification and SACE (or equivalent), and complete work placement for on the job training. Course fees for TGSS Approved Certificate II qualifications are fully subsidised. You’ll pay some course fees towards Certificate III qualifications and pay incidental fees for personal items such as tools, clothing or other training materials.

What is ASbA?

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is not that different from a regular apprenticeship or traineeship. The difference is that you still attend school while working and studying as an apprentice or trainee.

As a school-based apprentice or trainee, you’ll have an employer who will employ and train you on the job plus you’ll do some formal off-job training with a training provider.

What is ICAN?

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.

What can I study with ACCCO?

CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to undertake training under TGSS program:

  • 16 years or over, and
  • enrolled in SACE (or equivalent) at school and already completing, or have completed, VET or work placement that is related to your pathway.

You are guaranteed a funded place at a Training Provider when you leave school if you:

  • complete the SACE (or equivalent), including at least 210 nominal hours of nationally accredited VET plus 140 hours of relevant work placement, and
  • plan to complete a Certificate III (or higher) at a Training Provider, and
  • do not plan to take a break or ‘gap year’ after finishing school.

Read more about the WorkReady offer for school enrolled students.

Please note: TGSS is not available to students who are employed under a training contract as part of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

To be eligible to undertake training under ASbA program:

  • 16 years or over, and
  • be enrolled in SACE or equivalent
  • be in years 10, 11 or 12
  • be doing studies which contribute to SACE or equivalent, or a vocational education and training (VET) qualification, or both
  • undertake a general occupational health, safety and welfare awareness program before starting.
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.

To be eligible to undertake training under ICAN program :

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. Please refer to the Workready website for further exemption eligibility.

  • 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.

Cost to the Participant

Course fees for TGSS Approved Certificate II qualifications are fully subsidised. You’ll pay some course fees towards Certificate III qualifications and pay incidental fees for personal items such as tools, clothing or other training materials.

Qualification Name
Number of Units
Nominal Hours
Contribution Fee

Concession Fee

CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services (only for TGSS students) 9
285 $0.00
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
848 $360 $212

Am I eligible for Concession?

Students who hold any of the following concession cards at the time of their enrolment may be eligible for a concession fee rather than the standard full course fee: hold a health care card or hold a pensioner concession card.

Please note: Student must provide a copy of the concession card during our pre-induction process for the concession rates to be applied and ensure that it is valid for the full enrolment period.

Additional Costs: POLICE CHECK (For all forms of screening conducted for volunteers and students on placement)

Payment Options

Upfront Payment

Students can choose to pay up to $1500 of their student contribution fees upfront at enrolment. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at later stages of a student's enrolment. ACCCO accepts the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheque

Payment Plan

Students can choose to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay off their student contribution fees in smaller amounts over a period of time.

Students entering into an ACCCO payment plan have the option of fortnightly or monthly payments. Students with contributions fees of over $1500 can also request a weekly payment plan.

Payment plans require an initial upfront payment towards their student contribution fees to set up the plan, and then each payment period a recurring payment amount is direct debited from the student's nominated account.

Students are given recurring payment amount options when setting up their plan.

Example plans are given below.

Total Student
Contribution Fees
Upfront Payment Amount Recurring Payment Details
$500.00  $50.00 $25.00 x 18 fortnightly payments
$800.00 $100.00 $50.00 x 14 monthly payments
$4630.00 $310.00 $80 x 54 weekly payments

 Please note the above is an example only and may not reflect your actual course fees or the applicable payment plan options.

Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

Pay As You Go

Students that are not receiving any funding for their course can choose to pay as they go. This is where a student will pay the fees for each unit of competency prior to commencing it.

How to Apply

Step 1. Find an Employer

Before entering into an apprenticeship, the student must find an employer willing to take them on as a trainee or apprentice. You and your employer will need to sign a formal training contract.

You can find an employer by:

  • Search job websites such as and newspaper advertisements
  • Talk to early childhood services in your local area
  • asking your friends, family and others in your community about what might be available
  • talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider as they may be able to link you with potential employers

Step 2. Commence Employment

Once the student commences employment, you will need to fill out a trainee/sign up request form and return to

Step 3. Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider

Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will help you sign a training contract with your employer. They will work with you and your employer to identify the training and support you need. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.

Step 4. Commence Training

As part of your traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with ACCCO who will provide the training for the Australian Trainee. 

Any Questions?

Our Trainee and Apprenticeship Coordinator is more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us now and we'll get you started... 


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