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CIT for Schools

We have a range of programs and activities, including accredited and non-accredited courses, that provide an opportunity for school students to further understand and experience what it's like to work in a particular industry.

These are designed to provide school students with a learning pathway from primary through secondary school onto tertiary education where students can make educated decisions about their future career. Find out more about these programs and how they fit into a student's timeline here (PDF 67Kb).

To discuss the options below or to explore training tailored specifically for your students or staff, please contact CIT's Schools Engagement team on (02) 6207 7670 or email

  • CIT Skills Booster
    • We have designed a range of accredited and non-accredited courses specifically for high school and college students. These courses provide an opportunity for school students to experience studies in a particular field or sample different fields to help them discover where their interest may lie. The accredited short courses may provide credit for further studies at CIT.


      Research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) indicates that work-based education can lead to better employment outcomes for vocational education and training (VET) students and provide productivity gains for employers in the form of job-ready workers.


      CIT's Skills Booster courses run throughout the year. Complete the form below to register your interest.

  • CIT Taster program
    • Students can visit one of our three main campuses and get hands-on experience of the training offered in range of industries taught at each campus. This program is designed to give school students more exposure to the world of work with hands-on demonstrations that will help inform their decisions about future study.


      Duration: Visits can be scheduled for up to four hours and can be tailored for specific areas located on the one campus or will be scheduled for as many areas that have availability on that specific day.


      Bookings are available on request. A maximum of four areas can be scheduled for one visit.


      Campus locations and industry areas include:

      CIT Bruce CIT Fyshwick CIT Reid
      Allied Health (Physio and Occupational Therapy)
      Animal Studies
      Building and Construction
      Cabinet Making and Carpentry
      Children's Education and Care
      Environmental Science
      Fitness, Sport and Massage
      High Risk
      Glass and Glazing
      Home and Community Care
      Horticulture and Floristry
      Individual Support (Disability and Aged Care)
      Laboratory Studies
      Painting and Decorating
      Renewable Energy
      Wall and Floor Tiling
      Metal Fabrication
      Plumbing Refrigeration and Air-conditioning
      Accounting and Legal Services
      Baking and Patisserie
      Beauty Therapy and Make-up
      Building Design
      Business and Management
      CIT Yurauna (CIT's dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre of Excellence)
      Cyber Security
      English Language
      Fashion Design
      Graphic Design
      Hairdressing and Barbering
      Hospitality and Culinary
      Interior Design
      Live Theatre Production
      Music and Media

      Complete the form below to register your interest and for more information.

  • CIT Schools events
    • Each year we host several industry specific events that are designed to engage and introduce school students to the world of work. We work with schools directly to register when scheduling schools events at CIT.

      Yearly CIT schools events include:


      - CIT Taste (Year 10-12) - TASTE gives secondary school students a chance to explore the career possibilities in the exciting hospitality, culinary and tourism industries.


      - CIT Construction and Engineering Bridge Challenge (Years 9-12) - Teams of 2-6 members must design and construct a bridge to span a 900mm gap and support an increasing test load until failure.

  • Year 11 and 12 E Courses and R Units
    • VET can contribute to the ACT Senior Secondary Studies Certificate.


      E Courses: An E course (or external course) is a nationally recognised course that may be included in a student's ACT Year 12 Certificate.


      R Units: An R unit is one which is registered by the ACT BSSS as appropriate for students in years 11 and 12 and is usually designed to provide personal development, recreational or community service activities.


      More information is available online about the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) requirements.


      Examples of CIT courses that could be studied as an E Course or R Unit include:


      - Music enrichment course - Certificate IV in Music Industry (CUA40915)


      - Academic skills for students


      - CIT Short courses

  • CIT Information sessions
    • We are committed to promoting our courses and learning pathways available to school students through a range of options:


      - Student campus tours: 1-2 hours and includes a tour of facilities and courses on offer


      - Presentations at schools: We can come to schools to present on the broad range of courses on offer or if your school has a particular industry of interest to your students, we can arrange CIT teachers, industry representatives or graduates to talk to your students about their experiences.


      - Attendance at careers expos: We take every opportunity to attend school careers expos and information days for those who are planning to take the next step into tertiary studies. Depending on the audience, we can provide expert teaching and support staff to talk about options with your students.


      Please complete the form below to register your interest.

  • Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs)
    • Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA), which include apprenticeships and traineeships, are similar to any apprenticeship or traineeship but take place part-time while the student is still attending secondary school. Students are employed in their chosen industry for the qualification they want to study, earn a wage, train on-the-job with an employer, and attend CIT to work towards an accredited qualification which can contribute to the students Year 12 Certificate.


      ASbAs are a great way for students to gain experience, and get a head start in their career. Most ASbAs are able to continue on with their employer once they finish school, securing them with full-time employment while they complete their qualification.


      Useful links:

      - ASbAs available to study at CIT

      - How to become an apprentice

      - Need an employer?

      - Apprenticeship Network Providers

  • Professional development for school teachers
    • We offer a number of services available to school teachers looking to build their skills and knowledge as a trainer and assessor.


      Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116


      Whether you are working in a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or delivering training in the workplace, this course will provide you with up-to-date and effective strategies to develop others.


      If you hold either the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAA40104 or TAE40110, you can update your qualification to the latest standard through our bridging program.


      Skills recognition across all CIT qualifications


      We offer skills recognition via recognition of prior learning (RPL). In line with the relevant training package requirements and VET and industry currency requirements, this process formally recognises and acknowledges the skills you have learnt from your work, life experiences, or from any previous training and applies it towards a particular qualification.


      If you are looking to up-skill in a particular qualification, undertaking skills recognition means you can gain either a part or full qualification without having to re-learn or practice things you already know and do. See skills recognition for more information.


      Campus tours and information sessions to school teachers and other key staff


      We can arrange campus tours or information sessions for school teachers to demonstrate the broad range of qualifications on offer and industry options for school students. Teachers will be able to meet with our subject matter experts to discuss what’s involved in training at CIT and what information will be valuable when preparing school students with their transfer to tertiary education. Complete the form below to book a campus tour or information session.

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