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Ane Taito has secured a Jobs for Canberrans-funded position at CIT.

07 September 2020

As an international student a long way from home, Ane Taito was concerned about her future when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Originally from Fiji, Ane moved to Australia last year to study a Certificate IV in Mental Health at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and was in the process of finishing her course when it was interrupted by COVID-19.

“As part of my Certificate IV I am required to undertake two industry placements, but due to the COVID restrictions, there were no internships available,” Ane said.

“I thought I would go visit my family back home, but then international flights stopped, so it’s been a difficult and upsetting time.”

Ane secured one of 10 positions recruited through the Jobs for Canberrans Fund to provide administrative and student support services across multiple CIT departments.

The Fund was established in April to provide employment opportunities for people in the casual or semi-skilled workforce, who had lost their jobs or been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

With her CIT onboarding now complete, Ane is looking forward to joining CIT’s Year 12 Department as a casual Student Support Assistant, providing information and advice to incoming pathway students.

“I am so thrilled to be back at CIT and helping students from different backgrounds, solving any issues and learning even more about my institute,” she said.

Having worked for a Non-Government Organisation in Fiji and now studying for a Diploma of Community Services at CIT, Ane followed the advice of her Community Placement Director to apply for the Jobs for Canberrans program. She was ecstatic to receive the CIT job offer.

“Coming to Canberra and not knowing anyone is hard enough, but getting a job as an international student without any Australian work experience, then with all the uncertainties of COVID … I am just so thankful for this opportunity,” Ane said.

“I know so many international students who have lost their casual jobs in tourism and events and this program gives hope that they can live and provide finance for their basic needs.”

More than 500 roles have now been funded through the Jobs for Canberrans program.

Visit www.covid19.act.gov.au/jobsforcanberrans for more information or view available jobs at https://www.myaccount.act.gov.au/casualjob/s/vacancies.

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