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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 March 2015) . . Page.. 1089 ..

(d) the important role CIT has played in the economic and social life of the ACT;

(e) CIT’s consistent delivery of high quality courses and outcomes for its students;

(f) the high confidence in CIT expressed by industry, employer groups, graduates and students;

(g) the ACT government’s ongoing commitment to CIT and public TAFE; and

(h) the recent amendments by the ACT government to the CIT Act to ensure that CIT remains a strong and viable provider of skills education and training; and

(2) calls on the government to:

(a) ensure that the ACT continues to benefit from the economic and social benefits of skills education and training;

(b) ensure that ACT residents continue to have access to high quality public TAFE through CIT; and

(c) ensure that CIT remains a high quality and responsive training provider that meets the needs of its students, employers and the broader ACT community.

I am pleased to be able to move this motion today on the importance of public technical and further education in the ACT. As you know, last week in the Assembly we debated the importance of growing the higher education sector in the ACT. Much of that debate focused on building on the strengths of the university sector, attracting students to the ACT and creating jobs. These are invaluable objectives in sustaining the ongoing prosperity of our community and are equally applicable to the vocational education and training sector—that is, the VET sector. It is timely to talk today about the contribution of the VET sector, in particular the contribution of the Canberra Institute of Technology—fondly known as the CIT—to the ACT economy.

As members know, CIT has been providing vocational education and training to countless numbers of people in Canberra and beyond our borders since the 1920s. Over its impressive history it has proven itself to be adaptive to changing circumstances and has diversified what it offers to respond to changes in order to continue to deliver high quality skills education and training. CIT provides an extensive range of vocational education programs from trade and other certificates to diplomas and advanced diplomas, delivering advanced technical education and training. It also provides a small number of niche higher education degrees and has a range of strategic partnerships with universities and other educational organisations to jointly deliver programs and provide pathways to further training.

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