Council Staff Graduate From GOTAFE


Council Graduation

GOTAFE held a graduation ceremony on Thursday 10 September 2015 to celebrate the success of a special class of students.

26 Greater Shepparton City Council employees  successfully completed Certificate IV in Frontline Management (BSB40812) and Diploma of Management (BSB51107) at the Shepparton Campus.

Hannah Rowlands, Greater Shepparton City Council Communications Officer is one of the students graduating.

“One of the best things about the course was the opportunity to work with colleagues that I never usually have a chance to work with. It was great to bounce ideas and gain different perspectives from people working across the organisation in areas such as Governance, Childcare, Aged Services and Recreation and Parks,” said Ms Rowlands.

“I was able to complete this course over a 12 month period, attending class two days a month, which fitted in well with my work commitments. I really enjoyed being able to thrash out ideas with my colleagues and the assignments allowed me to refer back to my work, which was very helpful.”

GOTAFE Business and IT Commercial Manager Jo Craig enjoyed celebrating the achievements of the Graduands with their family and friends.

“This Graduation is recognition of the efforts that each student has made to gain their qualification.  It is definitely challenging to balance a full time role, study and a private life. They now have a ‘toolbox’ of communication, project management and problem solving skills that they can apply in their workplace resulting in better performance for both themselves and the Council,” said Ms Craig.

“GOTAFE has a long and continuing training partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council which demonstrates how we are able to work with organisations to enhance and develop the skills of their employees. We develop and modify our training programs to ensure they are relevant to the particular organisation and the roles their staff are require to perfrom.”

For more information on upskilling your employees, call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or enquire here.

Kooriez in da Hood Continues to Inspire


The unique Kooriez in da Hood program, now in its seventh year, continues to inspire young Koorie students to explore cultural heritage and creative outlets.

Seven students have been on a journey of self-discovery in which they researched their cultural heritage and translated what they have learnt into wearable art in the form of hooded jumpers or Hoodies. The program culminates in Presentation Ceremony to be held at the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus on Wednesday 16 September 2015.

Koorie Heritage Trust in partnership with GOTAFE run this community arts project with the aim to engage ‘at risk’ indigenous youth and promote Koorie pride within the student cohort.

GOTAFE Program Coordinator and Koorie Arts Trainer, Robyn Thompson said students were given the opportunity to research and explore their culture, with many speaking with elders to identify their tribes totems and family stories that inspire their designs.

“This year students had the opportunity to visit the new Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square and join a guided tour along the Yarra River exploring urban Koorie heritage. They participated in screen printing workshops at Spacecraft Studio, Collingwood as well as model their Hoodies during a professional photo shoot,” explained Ms Thompson.

The students were guided through the program by Artist and Graphic Designer Shannon Jukes, who is himself a former student of the Kooriez in da Hood program 2, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, graduating in 2010.

“This was my first time delivering the program in Shepparton. I wanted to be a mentor to my students, to show them what is possible through this program. They learnt so much more than just the art of screen printing and drawing, they learnt about where they come from and how that can shape their future,” said Mr Jukes.

“My students have accomplished so much over the past 10 weeks. We are all looking forward to celebrating their achievements and showcasing their work to their family and friends.”

The Ceremony will include a presentation by Ian Hamm, Deputy Chair of the Koorie Heritage Trust and will be attended by family, friends and peers of the group and representatives from local indigenous organisations.

For further information on the Kooriez in da Hood program please contact Robyn Thompson via the Koorie Education Unit on 1300 GOTAFE.

Kyabram Dairy Student Takes Out Top Award


Kyabram dairy farmer and GOTAFE agriculture student Kerrilyn Bassett has won Trainee of the Year at this year’s Victorian Training Awards.

Twenty-three-year-old Bassett received a $10 000 fellowship for her achievement and will go on to represent the state at a national level.

Ms Bassett was genuinely surprised to take out the title, at a recent awards ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

“I had a close look at the other finalists and had no idea it would be my name they would call out… I actually hesitated when they did called my name, “ she explains.

“I was thrilled to take out the award but haven’t had much time for the achievement to sink in.

Within hours of winning the award, she was back on the farm in Kyabram for early-morning milking and has been kept busy since on the back end of a hectic calving season.

“I haven’t had time to stop and think about it properly,” she explains.

She has, however, considered the incredible opportunities she has already had in her short career through the numerous awards she has collected and an opportunity to travel through New Zealand as part of a United Dairy Farmers of Victoria study tour earlier this year.

“The networking opportunities have been amazing and will no doubt continue… I love meeting other people in the industry and sharing ideas,” she said.

While working fulltime at Kyabram’s Peppertree Dairy, Ms Bassett has been studying hard to achieve her Certificate IV in Agriculture (Dairy production)with an aim to study for the diploma next year.

Her efforts have been recognised in winning the Certificate III Dairy Trainee of the Year for 2014 and GOTAFE Shepparton’s Most Outstanding Student of the Year award from the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE).

GOTAFE Agriculture and NCDEA Dairy Farming Industry Trainer, James Goulding describes Bassett as a quiet achiever and very deserving of her awards and subsequent fellowship.

“She has been an outstanding student and always completed her assessments to a consistently high standard,” Mr Goulding explains.

“Kerrilyn is an excellent representative of GOTAFE and the NCDE as well as an ambassador to the Australian Dairy Industry. She is always willing to help other students and has been a mentor to many of her classmates,” he said.

Mr Goulding explains GOTAFE has seen an increase in female agriculture students as a direct result of Kerrilyn’s inspiring story, a huge positive in an industry where young females are not all that common.

She has been praised by many for her dedication and work ethic and has relished working in the dairy industry since leaving a career in retail only three years ago.

Despite having no previous experience as a farm hand she has excelled in her field and loves sharing her knowledge and putting into practice the many skills she has gained through her studies.

“The most rewarding part of my study is being able to come back to the farm and share the knowledge I’ve gained and help influence decisions on the farm,” Bassett said.

“I love the practical trips, excursions and farm visits, getting out of the classroom and physically seeing what we’ve learnt put in action,” she said.

New Way to Enter Hairdressing Industry


GOTAFE has launched the Certificate II in Hairdressing (SIH20111) as part of a suite of Hairdressing and Beauty offerings at their Seymour Campus.
GOTAFE Hairdressing and Beauty Team Leader, Wendi Bourke, said the course is perfect for anyone who is interested in starting out in the industry.
“This course has been developed with a Salon Assistant in mind,” Ms Bourke said, “There are no entry requirements, all you need is an interest in the industry and the drive to work with people.”
“Hairdressing and beauty skills are in high demand right now. This course will provide students with a solid understanding of basic hairdressing skills, plus retail and communication skills, which are equally important.”


GOTAFE operate Hair and Beauty Training Salons in which students put their newly found skills to the test with real paying customers.

“Students have the unique opportunity to work one day per week in our fully equipped training salon where they will gain hands on experience. Our highly qualified instructors will supervise as students take bookings, consult with clients, perform a range of salon treatments, process payments and sell retail products. – the whole process.”
The Certificate II in Hairdressing (SIH20111) runs over 10 weeks, with classes offered two days per week commencing on Wednesday 7 October until Friday 11 December 2015 at the GOTAFE Seymour Campus in Wallis Street.
This course will also be delivered at the GOTAFE Wangaratta and Shepparton Campuses on Wednesdays and Thursdays, commencing Wednesday 7 October until Thursday 10 December 2015.

Places are limited, for further information please contact Wendi Bourke in the Hair and Beauty Department on 1300 GOTAFE or enquire here.

Hair & Beauty Students Pamper Debutantes


GOTAFE Hair and Beauty students are looking forward to pampering Verney Road School Debutantes as they prepare for an evening to remember.

20 Verney Road School students will be presented at the Debutante Ball held at the GV Hotel this evening.

GOTAFE Hairdressing and Beauty Commercial Manager Kate Storer said the students involved are looking forward to putting their skills to good use.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their hairstyling and makeup skills for such a wonderful event,” said Ms Storer.

The Verney Road School Debutantes will partner with students from Notre Dame College and Goulburn Valley Grammar.

“We love being able to give back to the community. Hours of practice goes into an event such as this, so it is our job to put the finishing touches together to create an unforgettable evening for the Debutantes.”

Cutting Edge Facility Opened at Shepparton Campus


GOTAFE have opened a brand new, fully equipped hair and beauty salon at their Shepparton Campus.

GOTAFE Hairdressing and Beauty Commercial Manager Kate Storer said the new salon will allow them to expand programs and cater for their ever growing client base.

“We were bursting at the seams,” Ms Storer said, “Our new salon has been purpose built for 20 students and fitted with the latest equipment and products. It’s light and bright, it’s just a place you want to spend time in, which is fantastic for our students.”

“Hairdressing and beauty skills are in high demand right now. This fantastic space provides us with the opportunity to expand programs into specialist make-up areas and Barbering, which are very much on trend.”

The new salon compliments the onsite day spa and existing salons, providing students with real life experience working with paying clients in facilities that reflect the latest in industry trends.

“We have introduced portable fume extraction systems into the new salon. The state of the art units remove the potentially harmful fumes from treatments such as chemical straightening and perming for example. This is an investment by GOTAFE in the workplace safety of our students, staff and clients and demonstrates that we are at the forefront of innovation in the industry.”

“We aim to provide our students with the skills industry demand. Our highly qualified instructors supervise as students take bookings, consult with clients, perform a wide range of salon treatments, process payments and sell retail products. – the whole process.”

Throughout Semester Two, GOTAFE, in partnership with Eleven Australia, are offering the chance to win an Eleven Australia prize pack. All you need to do is book a hair or beauty treatment at either Shepparton, Wangaratta or Seymour GOTAFE Salons to enter.

The GOTAFE Hair and Beauty Salons are open to the public on selected days throughout the school year. The new Hair and Beauty Menu for Semester Two outlines salon treatments, dates and prices and is available atwww.gotafe.vic.edu.au or on campus. To make an appointment please contact the Customer Service Centre on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or emailsalon@gotafe.vic.edu.au