ACT Labor to build a new CIT Tuggeranong Learning Centre

 

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On average, Canberrans are the best educated, best paid and healthiest people in Australia.

The ACT Labor Government has continued to ensure record levels of funding for our community, building a stronger local health system, investing in better schools and teachers, maintaining a strong local economy and creating more local jobs than ever before.

As our city grows ACT Labor will position infrastructure and services to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to engage with public education.

Investing in vocational education and training (VET) is key to ACT Labor’s plan for education which will create jobs, drive innovation, address skill shortages and harness our potential to make our city even stronger.

That’s why proportionally the Gallagher Labor Government continues to invest more in VET students than any Australian state government. Our public expenditure per student is 25 per cent higher than the Australian average.

Labor has a long tradition of supporting VET in the ACT, including the nationally recognised Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). That’s why this year we are investing $100 million in skills and training in Canberra.

Our enrolments in vocational courses are on the increase with more students enrolling at CIT campuses across Canberra.

While there is an existing facility in Tuggeranong, demand in the area is on the rise. Now is the right time to invest in expanding VET opportunities in southern Canberra.

That’s why, if re-elected ACT Labor will build a new $7.5 million CIT Tuggeranong Learning Centre.

The construction of a new CIT learning campus in the Tuggeranong Valley will make sure that students have access to the latest in VET teaching and learning close to where they live.

 

Policy costings

ACT Labor will fund the construction of the new CIT Tuggeranong Learning Centre worth $7.5 million over two years.

ACT Labor’s plan to build a new CIT Tuggeranong Learning Centre

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Total

Capital

$4.8m

$2.7m

-

-

$7.5m

Recurrent

-

-

$0.31m

$0.39m

$0.7m

Total

$4.8m

$2.7m

$0.31m

$0.39m

$8.2m

Why do we need a new Tuggeranong campus?

The take up of training in the Tuggeranong area is on the increase, while at the same time learning innovations, like digital delivery, are also allowing more existing mature age and working students to undertake flexible courses from a local centre, rather than central CIT campuses at Bruce and Reid.

Additionally, the number of students in Tuggeranong undertaking Access 10 equity programs and Year 12 Certificates through CIT is also on the increase.

The construction of a permanent CIT learning campus in the Tuggeranong Valley will make sure that VET students continue to have access to the latest teaching and learning environment close to home.

 

What are the benefits of a new CIT Learning Centre in Tuggeranong?

The Learning Centre at Tuggeranong will provide places to learn, study (individually and in groups) and access technology, library and information services, learning support and flexible learning courses.

The centre will allow the delivery of a wide range of traditional and flexible delivery models. It will also embrace flexible learning options to fit around working students and enable them to develop skills that will get them a job or improve their career prospects.

Flexible learning options are well-suited to the area, which has a large number of students who are shift workers, have to commute for work, are people re-entering the workforce, or are women who are planning to return to work after an absence. The centre will also provide an expanded range of course and curriculum options for students.

 

Where will it be located?

The centre will be situated within the Tuggeranong Town Centre close to public transport and existing learning institutions like the Tuggeranong Library and Lake Tuggeranong College.