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Foundation skills students thrive at CIT

Published: 06 Apr 2022

Canberra Institute of Technology Foundation Skills students continue to flourish and succeed, with a new cohort of students undertaking courses offered through this innovative and inclusive program.

The courses CIT offers through Foundation Skills help students improve their workplace and study skills. Foundation Skills prepares students for further study, improve employment opportunities and refresh existing skills with CIT's range of certificates in skills for work and vocational pathways or general education for adults.

These skills include a combination of language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) as well as employability skills. Hear about some of CIT's Foundation Skills students below and what they think about the courses -

Arezoo Shahriari completed a Masters in Physics in France and is now studying to improve her workplace English and reading skills after completing a work experience program with the ACT Government.

"I moved to Australia and this course has given me a greater understanding of work in Australia," Arezoo said.

"I have found the course and teachers very helpful. English is my third language and I need to improve my reading and writing to work in Australia."

Isaac Jacques was born in Australia and initially studied media at CIT. He needed to improve his writing skills and would love to work as a TV producer or editor.

"The course has taught me a lot about working in teams, problem solving and communication," Isaac said.

"In one exercise we had to build a tower out of paper and sticky tape in our team. This exercise used all these skills."

CIT Foundation Skills teacher Fran Handoko takes great pride in helping her students, and works hard to ensure she incorporates many different learning styles to support them.

"Every cohort of students are different. I like to give support and advice to the students about possible careers and also scholarship options which might be available to assist them," Fran said.

"The course is about skills needed for work now and in the future such as teamwork, problem solving and discussing scenarios related to workplace issues such as bullying and negotiation."

"It is a very helpful and practical course."

For more information about the Foundation Skills courses visit here.