Diploma in General Studies Information Day


Course Information Day, Thursday 18 December 2014. Click here

Guaranteed entry into selected degrees offered at University of Melbourne* based on requisite scores

The course is completed over one year and is delivered at Dookie, GOTAFE and Wodonga TAFE campuses

The Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) could be your pathway into a University of Melbourne degree.

Guaranteed entry into undergraduate degrees in Agriculture, Science, Environments, Commerce and Biomedicine is based on requisite scores, with subject credits awarded.

If you are interested in Agriculture, a pass in DiGS subjects will articulate into the Bachelor of Agriculture with subject credits awarded for most of the first year! DiGS will give you the opportunity to try out subjects and strengthen your academic skills while experiencing university study in a supported environment, and prepare you for success before committing to a university degree.

Study close to home at Dookie, Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta or Wodonga, and apply for one of the many DiGS Scholarships offered in 2015 valued up to $5000.

Applications from TAFE students are considered on an individual basis where VCE and TAFE course results, work experience, references and possibly an interview are taken into account.

Come along to the Course Information Day at your campus. For more information phone: (03) 5833 9200 or visit fvas.unimelb.edu.au

GOTAFE Offer Automotive Courses in Wodonga For the First Time in 2015


An automotive pre-apprenticeship course will be offered by GOTAFE in 2015 to address a training gap in the Albury and Wodonga region for automotive apprentices.

GOTAFE Team Leader Automotive, Mark Ward said the Certificate II in Automotive course will take place at the Wodonga Secondary School and is open to anyone considering a career in automotive.

“We are really excited to offering Certificate II in Automotive (pre-apprenticeship) for the first time in Wodonga” said Mark.

“A pre-apprenticeship gives students job ready skills meaning they can walk straight into an apprenticeship and quite often their skills are far more advanced than someone straight from high school, additionally employers recognise a pre-apprenticeship as a good indicator of the high skill level they have come to expect.

“Currently the closest automotive training is offered by GOTAFE at our Wangaratta Campus, we noticed an increase in interest from students from Wodonga and over the border in Albury so we decided to offer the course from Wodonga.

“We have a number of automotive related pre-apprenticeships including general automotive, air conditioning, electrical and engineering.

“We are also seeing a rise in females in traditional trades, at present we have eight female apprentices who are enrolled in automotive, they are diligent workers, good all round students and the quality of work they produce is fantastic.

“Females in traditional trades is a trend that is becoming more and more popular; financial incentives for areas with skills shortages, advances in technology and a shift in attitudes have broadened the openings for females across traditional trades, being able to offer automotive pre-apprenticeship in Wodonga is a great opportunity for any females considering a trade career.”

Mark went on to say that GOTAFE offer a number of a pre-apprenticeships, saying these Certificate II level courses offer an ideal stepping stone into an apprenticeship and employment.

For more information on automotive courses at GOTAFE please visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or contact Team Leader Mark Ward on 0439 650 169.

Additionally for information on financial incentives available to apprentices and females in trades please visit http://www.apprenticeshipscentre.com.au/Apprentices/Women-in-Trades

2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses


GOTAFE’s Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses held their Annual Trade Awards on Thursday 11 December at the Gateway Quality Hotel, Wangaratta. The awards were attended by almost 240 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

More than 50 awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices, and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from the Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty, Hospitality and Plumbing learning areas.

Hayden Rowell was announced as GOTAFE’s 2014 Apprentice of the Year for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses. Hayden an engineering apprentice, was one of seven final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for their respective learning areas.

The thirty-year old mature age engineering student is employed by Sue and George Fendyk at Burder Industries, Wangaratta and has completed a Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade with GOTAFE.

Hayden has inspired other workers in his workplace to follow in his footsteps and make the transition from Trade Assistant to commence an apprenticeship as a mature age student. He is a leader at Burder Industries and a mentor to other apprentices where he continually supports his co-workers in their endeavours to improve their skills and gain the necessary qualifications.

Hayden commends GOTAFE and the training model for his learning and skill development throughout his apprenticeship. Saying it has assisted his learning of elements of the trade that he may not have been exposed to in his day to day work environment.

His passion for the trade doesn’t stop when he finishes work, it extends outside normal working hours to encompass the designing and creating of sculptures, building sheds and trailers. Some of his sculptures are on display at Beechworth & Yackandandah.

2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses


GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their Annual Trade Awards last night, Monday 8 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by almost 240 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

More than 50 awards were presented to outstanding pre-apprentices, and apprentices in their first, second, third and fourth years from the Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty, Hospitality and Plumbing learning areas.

Danielle Rando took out the top prize and was announced as GOTAFE’s 2014 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Danielle was selected from eight final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award.

The twenty three-year-old hairdressing student and employee at Bright Eyes Hairdressing and Day Spa accepted the prize with her mother, father, husband and her employer there to support her. Danielle said she was thrilled to win the award, but still in shock.

“I am over the moon to win, I still can’t believe I am Apprentice of the Year,” said Danielle.

“It is such an honour to be given that title, it’s a big deal for me and I am very excited, very pleased and also very thankful.

“When I looked around the room last night I saw so many dedicated and talented students and I really can’t believe I was chosen, receiving the award is recognition of my skills, my hard work and passion for what I do, it’s a great feeling.

“I always wanted to work in the hair and beauty industry and after finishing a Certificate II in Beauty through the VET in Schools (VETiS) program, it confirmed what I wanted to do when I finished high school.

“I started my Certificate III in Hairdressing at GOTAFE and was able to transfer some modules from high school to my Certificate III studies, reducing my theory time and allowing me to spend more time in the salon, studying local also meant I didn’t have to worry about transport, food and accommodation and that made it easier for our salon as well.

“GOTAFE trainers were really supportive, they understand that every salon is different and every employer has different needs, so they were able to tailor a learning program that suited both my learning needs and the needs of the salon and they did a lot of my assessments in the salon, which is an environment where I was most comfortable and at ease.

“I think an apprenticeship is the ideal way to get a start in the career you love, you get hands on training while you learn and for me the most rewarding part is helping people to look and feel their best.”

Danielle hopes to one day own her own salon saying that she would like to enrol in a business course to prepare her for running her own business.

For a comprehensive list of winners please click here