Who We Are

Not all schools are the same. We’re deliberately different.

The Australian Industry Trade College came into being because young people needed us and Australia did too.

And so we got started. On rethinking how we educate, equip and empower. On challenging the status-quo and redefining measures of success. On celebrating the path less celebrated and closing a growing gap.

We started helping young people to find their purpose and proudly pursue a pathway in industry, at school. Some might call it a trade. We prefer profession. For us, it’s simply about finding what fits; about loving what you do.

Our footprint was smaller then, our impact and reach is far greater now.

Before opening our doors in 2006, we thought long and hard about who we needed to be and the role we could play in the education and employment landscape. We spoke to educators and to industry, and saw the options available to technically talented, bright minded young people diminish as thinking narrowed around what constitutes ‘clever’ and the ‘best’ path to success.

That was more than 15 years ago and we’ve come a long way since then. Like our young people, we’ve evolved, navigated challenges, experienced setbacks and enjoyed great successes. Much has changed, but during this time one thing has endured and that’s our commitment to young people and our passion for industry.



First commencing in 2006 as an RTO, the Australian Trade College (ATC) becomes a school in 2008.


We transition from the ATC to the AITC, the Australian Industry Trade College. 110 young people graduate and pursue a pathway in industry.


+ Gold Coast campus

The AITC moves to Scottsdale Drive in Robina, where it remains today.


Our impact expands; Year 10 is introduced.


+ Redlands campus

AITC Redlands opens, welcoming more than 90 young people.


+ Sunshine Coast campus

We move further across the south east corner, opening in Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.

10 Year Strategic Plan launched.


+ Toowoomba campus

Our fourth campus sees us head west to Toowoomba. More than 50 young people join the AITC ranks.


+ Ipswich campus

Our Ipswich campus opens to 70 plus young people.


+ Brisbane campus

The AITC takes its place in a major city centre with a new campus opening in Spring Hill, Brisbane in 2022.

Our Values


To hold in high regard or honour. We will respect our employers and work environment, our trainers/mentors, our work colleagues and our trade


A dignified sense of personal expectation in one’s character, self-respect and work


A state of mind which enables one to encounter difficulties and danger with firmness and without fear


Consistent in principles, intentions and actions


A code of conduct stressing equality and fellowship

Hard Work

Performing tasks with great energy, exertion and persistence


Insuring against hurt, injury, danger or risk

Board of Directors

Paulene Henderson, Board Chair
B Bus (Acc), MBA, CA, GAICD
Jack Stevens
B Bus, B Com, GradDip CA
Christine Lohman
Professor Geraldine Castleton
Cert T, B Ed, GradDip T, M Ed (Hons, First Class), PhD
Peter Whitelaw
Cert T, B Ed, B Econ, GradDip Ed (School Admin), GradCert SocSc (Interprofessional Leadership), M Ed
Ric Roach
B Comm, CA, ICAA
David Rutter
BPD, BBld, GradDip Property, MBA, GAICD
Dan Bridges
MBA, B Mech Eng Tech, Engineering Mechanical Trade (Fitting, Turning & Machining)


Mark Hands
M.Ed, B.Sc, AFAIM, MACE, GAICD, Cert III Carpentry
Bobbette van Zyl
B.Com (Hons), CA(SA) CA ANZ
Caroline McGuire
BBus(HRM), Dip Neuroscience of Leadership, Cert IV Workplace & Business Coaching, FCPHR
Eliza Lane
M. Ed, Grad Dip Ed (Applied Learning), Grad Cert Careers Ed, B. Bus Man, TAE40110.
Lee Smith
B,A (Hons), B. Sc, PGCE
Nicole de Vries
B.Bus (Marketing & Public Relations), B.CI (Media & Communications), M.Edplus


We are always seeking innovative educators and entrepreneurial talent to join our team to help us create a new educational paradigm in Australia. We’d welcome your application for any of the open roles listed below.

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Policies and Reports

The AITC Board of Directors are responsible for the development of policies to ensure that guidelines are followed and adopted within the AITC. The Policies are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. These policies are reviewed annually or as required.

see our policies and reports


The Australian Industry Trade College Ltd (ABN: 76 115 458 743) (‘The AITC’) is committed to principles of sound governance.

As an unlisted company limited by guarantee, the AITC is not required to report against the Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations however, AITC uses these principles as a guide to best practice, and has implemented these as far as they are relevant to it as a member organisation of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The AITC reports against these principles in this corporate governance statement as a part of its commitment to preserving stakeholder confidence.

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