29 Mar 2019
Canberra Students Get Industry Experience
Students from Mount Stromlo High School at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Industry Pathways Course. (Photo supplied).
For many students, figuring out what they want to do for work once they finish their education is a difficult decision. The Industry Pathways Course at CIT is a vocational training program helping Canberra’s Year 9 and 10 students explore potential career options.
This pilot program gives students experience through work placement opportunities within high skill-needs industries in the Canberra region. Opportunities in this intake spanned across many industries, including STEM, trades, professional and community services.
Eighty Canberra students from Namadgi School, Wanniassa School, Melba Copland Secondary School and Mount Stromlo High School are participating in this year’s program, with plans to add an additional 320 places in 2020.
This innovative pilot program delivered by CIT gives ACT students exposure to a range of work environments.
On the first Induction to Industry day at CIT Bruce, students were given exposure to nursing, horticulture, forensics, renewables and construction industries.
A key premise of the program is ‘jobs without gender’ which challenges gender bias perceptions for both students and professionals within traditionally male and female dominated industries.
In a rapidly changing world of work, breaking down barriers and providing a broader range of VET qualifications to secondary school students will enable our students to make informed decisions about their pathways and futures.
For more information about the CIT Industry Pathways Course, visit the CIT website.