The Directorate supports all students in ACT public schools through the stages of schooling and beyond to further education, training and/or employment. This includes:
- Workplace Learning programs that enable students to explore tentative career choices against the realities of the workplace, forming part of a student's broader career development;
- Transition services and programs;
- Qualified career practitioners (including a Transitions and Careers Officer (TaCO) in each ACT public college) deliver quality career development services;
- Online Pathways Planning through the Pathways website;
- The Canberra CareersXpo in partnership with the Rotary Club of Canberra City;
- Vocational Learning Options (VLOs) that support and engage young people in quality vocational learning in a range of formal and informal settings;
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) for secondary students that enables them to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training while completing their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.
In addition, the Careers, Transitions and VET section:
- Supports teachers who wish to gain career qualifications;
- Provides professional learning opportunities to ensure that career practitioners meet the Professional Standards for Australian Career Practitioners;
- Coordinates the annual Deanne Reynolds Career Development Award;
- Coordinates the ACT Career Advisors' Mentoring Program for beginning school career practitioners;
- Administers Exemption Certificate applications for young people who wish to undertake work-related training and have not completed year 10;
- Administers Approval Statement applications for young people under the age of 17 who wish to follow a training path other than formal schooling post Year 10;
- Distributes the Directions newsletter each term to all stakeholders involved in and supporting career education and VET in ACT public schools.