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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 March 2015) . . Page.. 1108 ..


The commissioner goes on to say:

The most important single systemic conclusion to be drawn from this investigation process is that there is no evidence to suggest a culture of entrenched and systematic workplace bullying … It would be a significant and damaging overstatement to describe the overall culture of CIT as toxic.

That is the very clear finding of the Commissioner for Public Administration on CIT.

Madam Speaker, let us celebrate the Canberra Institute of Technology and the provision of public TAFE here in this city. CIT is committed to its mission of changing lives through quality education and skills development for individuals, providing industry-relevant programs, highly qualified staff, excellent support services, and strong opportunities for further advancements and studies.

CIT boasts a learner satisfaction rate of 91 per cent and an employer satisfaction rate of 89 per cent. They are indeed commendable numbers, as Mr Gentleman has outlined also. These numbers are representative of CIT’s commitment to preparing students to thrive in their places of work by integrating training effectively to the employer’s organisation and acting on feedback from employers.

CIT is also committed to continuously improving its responsiveness as a result of its strategy to prioritise communication and consultation with employers and to communicate best practice. CIT is continually looking for ways to enhance student outcomes. A recent example is the VET outbound mobility grants that have seen photography and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts students visiting Indonesia and animal technician students working with rescued elephants in Thailand.

These cultural exchanges add invaluable learning experiences and enhance student outcomes. CIT also improves the student experience through the development of innovative and creative learning options to promote accessibility and to cater for individual learning needs. CIT recognises the importance of continuous improvement in all of its activities and is committed to finding efficiencies and maintaining a high quality program for students and industries.

At the same time, its new governance model will allow it to respond more nimbly to the needs of a competitive market. The confidence of industry, employer groups, graduates and students has ensured that CIT continues to be the provider of choice for many in the ACT. Students consistently rate their training experience at CIT to be high. High levels of overall satisfaction result from quality teaching, strong industry connections and students attaining relevant practical skills. These are just some of the benefits from training at CIT.

The completion rates of courses continue to increase, reflecting CIT’s commitment to improve the student experience and provide targeted support services. CIT graduates also benefit from employment rates far above the national average, and a large number of CIT graduates also continue to complete further education. CIT is happy to welcome university graduates who come for their vocational training.


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