GOTAFE Announces Outstanding Students of the Year


GOTAFE acknowledged the Outstanding Students of the Year on Wednesday 13 May at an Excellence Awards Luncheon.

The awards were presented to four Outstanding Students of the Year for Benalla, Wangaratta, Seymour and Shepparton campuses and are as follows;

Benalla Campus Outstanding Student of the Year – Ashley Merbach. Successfully completed the Diploma of Theatre Arts

Wangaratta Outstanding Student of the Year – Lisa Campbell. Successfully completed the Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation

Seymour Campus Outstanding Student of the Year | Overall Institute Outstanding Student of the Year – Bethany Mugford. Successfully completed the Certificate III in Children’s Services

Shepparton Campus Outstanding Student of the Year | VTA Trainee of the Year Nominee – Kerrilyn Bassett. Successfully completed the Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

The students were nominated by their teachers and underwent an interview process to discover the an outstanding student for each campus. The four students come from diverse learning areas which is a strong reflection of the breadth or training available at GOTAFE.

Careers Day Out – Thursday April 30th


Deciding what to do after school can be a big decision for Secondary School Students and for job seekers and career changers, entering the workforce can be a challenging process, so it helps to have all the options available all in one place.

The 2015 Careers Day Out to be held on Thursday 30 April at the McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds will provide regional students, their parents and job seekers with a range of exhibitors from educational providers to defence force representatives as well as local business owners all in one place.

Careers Day Out Committee Member and GOTAFE Event Officer, Emily Hamilton said that a key focus for the organisers was to create an event that has a broader appeal within the local community, saying she is confident the event has something to offer everyone.

“Careers Day Out has something to offer not just school leavers but career changers, job seekers, those returning to earning and parents can also attend after work to gather information and support their children’s study ambitions and dream career paths without having to travel to Melbourne,” said Emily.

“Attendees will have opportunity to attend panel sessions to hear from potential employers, employment agencies, and Centrelink about the opportunities and assistance available.”

“Its free to attend, its local and the extended hours enable greater accessibility for the general public to attend.”

Again in 2015, Careers Day Out will have a strong focus on work readiness, providing students and job seekers with practical activities to prepare them for employment including resume writing workshops, mock interviews, professional panel Q & A sessions, job seeking tips and general information on employment and training opportunities.

For over 10 years the annual event has provided more than 1,800 secondary school students with the opportunity to discover the diverse range of careers, education, pathways and employment available within North East Victoria. The event will be open to students from 9am to 3pm as part of their usual school program and the general public can attend from 4pm to 6pm, entry during the public session is free.

For further information please visit www.careersdayout.com.au or contact GOTAFE (468 233)

Contact: Emily Hamilton, 03 5833 2530

New Study Centre to Improve Participation in Education


The Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, a collaboration between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE), will be officially opened on Friday 1 May 2015.

The Centre will be opened by The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, alongside CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and GOTAFE Chief Executive Officer Paul Culpan.

Construction of the $7.2 million centre was completed in late 2014 and funded by the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the shared facility is designed to improve higher education outcomes in regional Australia.

“The Wangaratta Regional Study Centre aims to improve higher education participation and attainment by increasing students’ access to world class tertiary education infrastructure and teaching,” Professor Vann said.

GOTAFE’s CEO, Paul Culpan sees great potential in this development for the Hume region which currently has a low tertiary education participation rate.

“The development of educational pathways for regional students is fundamental to supporting our local communities and industry,” Mr Culpan said.

“This development in Wangaratta consolidates both our organisations’ commitment to improving skills and learning, and provides a real opportunity for our region to flourish.”

Academic collaboration and partnerships between CSU and GOTAFE have developed in recent years, aligned to the strengths of both institutions in regional education.

“Expanding the University’s existing partnership with GOTAFE to build effective pathways to higher education for regional Australians is helping to build sustainable regional institutions and communities,” Professor Vann said.

“A highlight of the partnership between CSU and GOTAFE is the successful development of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, an integrated course which had its first intake this year and has been very positively received by industry and students.”

The courses offered through the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre include Agricultural Business Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Wine Business, and Veterinary Technology. Additionally, credit packages are available to GOTAFE graduates from a range of Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses who progress to a CSU bachelor degree.

The Centre is located on Tone Rd, Wangaratta, and was designed by Brewster Hjorth Architects and built by Joss Constructions.

Careers Day Out a Success


The 2015 Careers Day Out held on Thursday 30 April was a great success said Careers Day Out Event Coordinator and GOTAFE Marketing and Events Officer, Emily Hamilton.

“Careers Day Out attracted more than 1500 students from local secondary school as well as students who travelled from surrounding towns including Seymour and Kyabram and even as far as Southern News Wales to gain career, employment and study information in one central location,” said Emily.

“Attendees were able to gain career, employment and study information in one central location.

“The 4pm to 6pm session, which is only in its second year, offered an opportunity for the general public to access job seeking tips, career advice and training options, this year our attendance numbers tripled in comparison to 2014.

“The event also attracted a record number of 70 exhibitors, we even had people ringing up after the event saying they drove past the Showgrounds on Thursday and want to be involved next year.

“Now in its 17th year, Careers Day Out continues to grow, diversify and expand its offerings each year to cater to the local community’s needs.

“The CDO committee is confident the event will continue to evolve and will continue to be a key career event, providing a diverse range of pathways, education options, careers and employment opportunities available within the Goulburn Valley region and beyond.

“Planning has commenced for next year’s event, for anyone interested in being involved in 2016 you can visit www.careersdayout.com.au or contact myself on 03 5833 2530.”

The event was open to regional secondary school students from 9am to 3pm as part of their usual school program and the general public could attend from 4pm to 6pm, entry during the public session is free.

Each year the event provides school students, their parents and job seekers with access to more than 60 exhibitors from educational providers to defence force representatives as well as local business owners all in one place.

The Careers Day Out has a strong focus on work readiness, providing students and job seekers with practical activities to prepare them for employment including resume writing workshops, mock interviews, professional panel Q & A sessions, job seeking tips and general information on employment and training opportunities.

For over 17 years the annual event has provided more than 1,800 secondary school students with the opportunity to discover the diverse range of careers, education, pathways and employment available within the region.

Visit www.careersdayout.com.au for more information