Programs will be tailored to suit your requirements and can be delivered as one-off sessions or as a multi week action learning experience.


Program Design:

Learners will be supported to work in teams to design services and products that enrich the lives of their fellow citizens. Students and teachers are provided with the CIC Social Innovation Curriculum and associated resources. The CIC team stages workshops at key points in the process to accelerate idea development and extend the thinking of students. Ideas are promoted online and at key community sites so that young people pollinate their work and attract more people into the conversation. Teams pitch to community leaders with promising ideas identified and advanced.

The CIC Social Innovation Program provides a rich learning experience that harnesses the creativity of your students, enlivens the concept of community service and extends connections beyond the school gate.


Schools are increasingly endeavouring to introduce learning experiences that enable students to engage with real world problems, enhance personal agency, develop enterprise skills and build their collaboration capabilities. In turn, young people often feel disconnected from decision making processes and underestimate their ability to effect change.


Program Design:

The program enables young people to explore the future world of work, consider career options and identify the contribution they want to make in the world. As future aspirations become evident, learners establish a Future Ready Plan that outlines the skills, interpersonal capacities and networks they wish to develop. Working in teams, learners will design creative ways for schools and communities to better prepare young people for the world of work.

By adopting a proactive and optimistic stance young people enhance their prospects and gain a competitive advantage. The Future Ready Plan becomes an invaluable tool for advancing career planning and enriching conversations between students, parents and school staff.


The Foundation for Young Australians reports that the world of work is transforming in significant ways and that many young people lack confidence in their workforce futures. With crowded curriculums it can be challenging for schools to provide students with a lively, productive and resourceful way to contemplate their working future.


Program Design:

The program extends the capacity of young people to lead change… in their own lives, in their schools, in their communities and in the world at large. CIC leaders learn how to develop compelling visions of the future and how they can create the conditions by which others are encouraged to contribute to the achievement of that vision. Leaders will be provided with the CIC Leaders Toolkit and participate in learning labs and workshops. More specifically, they will learn about:

  • Leadership and the self
  • ​Leading others
  • Leadership behaviours and practices
  • Influencing the systems, services and institutions around them

Leaders undertake an action learning experience whereby they design and lead an innovation that addresses an issue within the school environment. 


Although young people are provided with a range of leadership opportunities many are frustrated that they don’t know how to use these opportunities to make an impact on the issues they care most deeply about.

Professional Development: Activating agency, enterprise and innovation

Program Design:

Delivered as an action learning program, educators will be supported to design and trial a learning experience that challenges young people to engage as designers, creators, inventors and social innovators. CIC will also support participants to assess how existing practices and programs can be nudged to develop enterprise capacities and put students more in charge of their learning experience. Participants will have access to the CIC Toolkit, one on one coaching and design workshops.

CIC appreciates that schools should not have to develop these skills alone. ‘Real world learning’ becomes more than a catchphrase when we show you how to more easily and effectively connect your local organisations, community and industry into school activity.


Conventional learning models continue to build skills and capacities that are highly relevant for young people. At the same time, there is an increased awareness that students are well served by learning experiences that accentuate the development of curiosity, creativity, problem solving and enterprise skills. This CIC PD supports educators to reimagine and redesign learning programs so that these capacities are nourished alongside traditional skills sets.

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