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A CIT Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) helps any secondary student aged 15 or over to start an apprenticeship. It lets you get your future career underway earlier and gives you paid work while you train. ASbAs are all about increasing your options for work and study.

What is an ASbA?

An ASbA allows you to continue with your school studies, do paid work with an employer, and some school time studying a nationally recognised qualification at CIT.  This means you can start your future career earlier and earn while you learn.

Why do an ASbA with CIT?

CIT is Canberra's leading vocational education and training provider and we've been working closely with high schools, colleges and local Canberra businesses to develop ASbAs that will kickstart your career when you leave college or help you be up to halfway through your chosen qualification when you start at CIT.

An ASbA lets you finish college, with both a Year 12 Certificate and a great qualification. You could then head straight out to work as a highly skilled employee, upgrade the skills you’ve already learnt by finishing off the next step in your CIT qualification or even combine work and study with one of CIT's many other courses. In fact, CIT will guarantee a place for any student who has successfully completed nationally accredited vocational studies.

What kinds of ASbAs does CIT have available?

We can help you access over 37 different ASbAs in the ACT, including:

Aged Care Work Engineering
Automotive Floristry
Baking Hairdressing
Business Horticulture
Butchery Hospitality
Carpentry Information Technology
Children's Services Library and Information Services
Cookery Painting and Decorating
Desktop Publishing Plastering
Disability Work Plumbing

How do I find out more?

  • Talk to your school Careers Advisor or VET Coordinator. Tell them you're interested in doing an ASbA and how you might fit it into your school studies. For more information on ASbAs please visit Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA) - Education
  • Refer to the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) website and the Australian School-based Apprenticeships and the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate Frequently Asked Questions. For more information please visit ASbAs_and_the_ACT_Senior_Secondary_Certificate_FAQ.pdf
  • Find an employer. If you don't already have someone in mind your Careers Advisor, VET Coordinator or industry association may be able to help. Or you could talk to your family and friends who might be able to assist.
  • Contact CIT Student Services - (02) 6207 3188 or