CIT welcomes new state-of-the-art campus planned for Woden Town Centre
Published: 28 Nov 2019
CIT welcomes with great enthusiasm the ACT Government's announcement of its decision to build a new Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) campus in the Woden Town Centre.
CIT CEO Leanne Cover said, "The prospect of a new, state-of-the-art CIT campus is incredibly appropriate for the advancement of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Canberra and the region."
CIT is the premiere VET provider in the ACT with a proud history of over 90 years. "The ACT Government's decision recognises the essential role CIT plays as a major contributor to the economy and providing the skills for an adaptive, modern workforce," Ms Cover said. "In our fast-moving world of work we need flexible and applied ways of learning."
"The nature of work is changing. For Canberrans to compete and thrive in today's workforce they will increasingly need contemporary vocational education and training skills. Today's announcement of a new CIT campus at Woden will ensure more Canberrans can get access to the right skills at the right time through Canberra's premier VET institution - CIT," Ms Cover said.
This investment in new facilities supports CIT's growing student numbers, very high student and employer satisfaction rates with CIT and increased employment outcomes for CIT graduates. "With student satisfaction rates above 90% and 82% of CIT graduates employed after training, we are confident we are producing work ready graduates that employers and industry need," Ms Cover said.
In 2016, acknowledging that CIT, like all education and training institutions faced a time of change, opportunity and uncertainty the CIT Board devised a roadmap, the Strategic Compass 2020 - Evolving Together, outlining new directions. The strategic directions ensure CIT's ongoing relevance and sustainability as the premier provider of VET in the ACT - the knowledge capital of the nation.
"As part of adopting an organisation-wide transformation, a key strategic direction, is the commitment to invest in our campuses to support better learning outcomes for students. Campus modernisation is a key priority to CIT's strategic evolution. Therefore, the ACT Government's decision to build a new campus in the Woden Town Centre with a continued CIT presence in the CBD aligns with CIT's strategic directions, and it is a very exciting news," Ms Cover said.
A new CIT campus in Woden and a continued presence in the city will strengthen CIT's existing centres of excellence in Fyshwick, Bruce, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. A campus in Woden will open up a range of new collaboration opportunities for CIT students, with local businesses, industry and the broader community.
CIT Woden is anticipated to be the VET technology and service skills learning precinct, delivering courses to prepare students for roles in industries such as business, Cyber security, IT, the creative industries, hospitality and tourism.
"The ACT Government's announcement is a significant milestone in the history of CIT and will enable the Institute to continue to be the region's most trusted and dedicated VET provider," Ms Cover said.