Outstanding Training Announced


GOTAFE Community Services Trainer, Mary Boruch, from GOTAFE’s Seymour Campus has been awarded the GOTAFE Trainer of the Year Award for her dedication, professionalism and leadership.

The Trainer of the Year Award aims to recognise a teacher who exemplifies best practice teaching and/or training skills together with commitment, professionalism, outcomes and industry standing.

Ms Boruch, an Aged Care Trainer, has been teaching for nine years and still retains her nursing registration. Admired for her genuine commitment to students and industry knowledge, her colleagues have nothing but praise for this passionate Trainer.

“Mary’s enthusiasm is infectious. Mary always shows professionalism to students, colleagues and industry partners whilst passing on her passion of the aged care industry to her students. She finds innovative ways of teaching enabling her to accommodate to the different learning styles within her groups,” explained Vicki Robertson, GOTAFE Health Leader of Operations

“Mary’s distinguishing quality is her ability to lead by example, sharing from her own learning experiences then imparting this valuable knowledge onto her students,” said Claire Grellman, GOTAFE Community Services Team Leader of Operations.

Ms Boruch’s passion for her role is also evident in comments from her students; recognising her high level of knowledge of the aged care industry which has resulted in greater retention of students and their interest in continuing study in the nursing field and quickly gaining employment. Past student, Whirly (Dianne) Ogston, contributes Mary’s enthusiasm and teaching style to her success.

“I met Mary for the first time at the GOTAFE Introduction Day when I started doubting about doing my aged care course, she was enthusiastic about it and that pulled me over. I started to love it more and more, her method of educating was motivating and stimulating, she is enthusiastic and punctual and very patient,” explained Ms Ogston.

“I think her greatest gift of teaching is, she teaches us with individual personal care, the way she wants us to be a carer, and I learned a lot from that, because everybody has different needs.

Always grateful to have had Mary as my teacher.”

Ms Boruch will now become GOTAFE’s nominee for the annual State Training Awards.

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Looking for a Pathway into a Health Care Career?


GV Health is creating new jobs for Health Assistants in Nursing, working in the acute care wards.

Health Assistants are involved with direct patient care, assisting with hygiene, nutrition, mobility, safety, working as part of a team alongside registered and enrolled nurses.

These are traineeship positions, so you will get paid while studying and working. Training will be provided by GOTAFE, with the traineeship is facilitated by MEGT.

If you are interested in applying for a Health Assistant in Nursing Traineeship, you must attend an information session about this employment opportunity.

Free information sessions:

GV Health Graham St Campus, Elsie Jones Education Centre (Room 4)

10am, Tuesday, 12 January 2016
OR 6pm, Thursday 14 January 2016

Representatives from GV Health, GOTAFE and MEGT will be available to answer any questions.

Please RSVP by email to Lyn Brett by 11 January 2016 atlyn.brett@gvhealth.org.au or call (03) 5823 8635 or (03) 5823 8600 for more information.

Exciting Opportunities at Skills & Jobs Centres


Construction is well underway for the two new Skills and Jobs Centres at both the GOTAFE Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses.

Last month Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $1 million for GOTAFE to assist with construction and operation two centres, one in Shepparton and one in Wangaratta, as well as providing services to satellite locations at Benalla and Seymour.

The Skills and Jobs Centres are part of a state-wide government initiative designed to provide independent advice to assist job seekers understand study options, identify career plans and access support services to assist with finding a job, explained GOTAFE Skills and Employment Manager, Jodee Price.

“The new hubs will be the first point-of-call for students in the Greater Shepparton area looking to start training, workers needing to reskill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement and for employers,” said Ms Price.

In addition to providing core assessment and advisory services, the Skills and Jobs Centres will develop key partnerships with other providers to enhance service provision and connectivity into the workplace or study.

“The Centres will provide a fantastic opportunity to invest in key areas of need across the community. They will provide opportunities not only for job seekers, but for employers, industry and the region. We are looking forward to collaborating with other industries to help the region move forward.”

Set to open in late February 2016, GOTAFE will begin recruiting staff to join their team in the coming weeks, with job advertisements set to appear on Seek.com and the GOTAFE website, www.gotafe.vic.edu.au

“We will be looking for skilled people who are passionate about making a difference to our region by empowering others with job ready skills and knowledge to succeed in a new career.”

“Connectivity is key in aligning the right people with the right job, so if this is something you believe is a key asset you possess, we would love to hear from you.”

A number of positions will be available based in both Wangaratta and Shepparton, including a Relationship Manager, Career Advisors and Client Engagement Officers.

 

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2015 Apprentice of the Year Announced


The annual GOTAFE Trade Awards were held this week in both Shepparton and Wangaratta, celebrating the achievements of over 100 outstanding apprentices.

The events, attended by over 500 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers, recognised 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, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.

Michael Chapman was announced as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Michael recently completed Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) (FDF30710) with GOTAFE while working at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca.

Michael began his studies in a completely different field, studying 3D animation at university in Melbourne while living in Bendigo. As a part time job, he worked at Eagle Boys Pizza which turned into a management role. In January 2012, Michael commenced a full time apprenticeship contract at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca following a lead from one of his mates and will complete his contract in 2015.

Hugh Haugen took out the top prize as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses. Hugh recently completed Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413) with GOTAFE while working with RB & BJ Brown Pty Ltd in Corryong.

Trainer Len Redfern describes Hugh as an ‘Old Steam Train’ because of his consistent, diligent and positive attitude to his work and studies.

GOTAFE wishes both students the greatest success in the future.

 

Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Awards – Shepparton & Seymour Campuses

 

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Award Student Name Employer
Automotive Apprentice Achievement Award Gregory Gallus GTES & Hartwigs
Engineering Apprentice Achievement Award Thomas Farrell Nestle Australia
Building and Construction Apprentice Achievement Award John Mason The Apprenticeship Factory & CS Halsall Builder
Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award Benjamin Pearson The Apprenticeship Factory & Completecoms
Plumbing Apprentice Achievement Award Mitchell Bell Phantoms Plumbing
Hairdressing Apprentice Achievement Award Samantha Renden N/A
Commercial Cookery Apprentice Achievement Award Simone Corcoran Sebastian’s Restaurant – Wyndhamere Motel
Baking Apprentice Achievement Award Michael Chapman Beechworth Bakery – Echuca

 

Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Awards – Wangaratta & Benalla Campuses

 

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Award Student Name Employer
Automotive Apprentice Achievement Award Matthew Roczniak Woollards Auto Body Works 
Engineering Apprentice Achievement Award Cody McConville-Coombs RMR Engineering
Building and Construction Apprentice Achievement Award Kai Duursma Superior Joinery – Merriwa Industries
Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award Sam Bowers Muraca Electrical
Plumbing Apprentice Achievement Award Hugh Haugen RB & BJ Brown
Hairdressing Apprentice Achievement Award Carly Roberts Alison & Co Hair Body Beauty
Hospitality Apprentice Achievement Award Melanie Pahina Alpine Health

Choose GOTAFE as Your First Preference


If you are still not sure what you want to do after VCE, why not consider studying with GOTAFE? Get job-ready skills for employment or choose a course that can give you credit points into the University degree of your choice.

GOTAFE offers hundreds of nationally recognised courses and provides students with practical hands-on skills, delivered through flexible programs, designed to allow students to follow their passion and increase their employability.

GOTAFE’s university partnerships enables students to receive credit towards further study, providing students with an alternative to direct entry into universities such as La Trobe University, Charles Stuart University and Federation University.

GOTAFE Community Services student Bethany Mugford has a heart for kids and is passionate about creating a better life for those who are faced with challenges outside of their control.

During her studies at GOTAFE’s Seymour Campus, Bethany gained a sound knowledge of the children’s services industry and enjoyed both the practical and theoretical content.

“The training has given me a lot more confidence and self-belief and will assist me to realise my dream goal of one day setting up an orphanage overseas.”

“Almost immediately after completing my certificate I secured a part-time job in the industry at a long-day care centre in Marysville where I continue to work, and I also work with children on a special needs school bus that travels to Seymour College,” she said.

Bethany was awarded the GOTAFE Community Services (Children’s Services) Centre Achievement Award for 2014 and was a recent finalist in the Victorian Training Awards, an honour she saw as an opportunity to thank her teachers and trainers.

“It’s a chance to share the positive experience I have had with GOTAFE and to encourage others to consider a similar path.”

Bethany is already planning her next step with GOTAFE, interested in completing a Diploma in Children’s Services in the coming years, with the goal of attending university and becoming an early year’s teacher.

GOTAFE campuses in regional Victoria are located at Shepparton, Wangaratta, Seymour, Benalla, Terang, Warragul and Werribee.

For a full list of available courses visit gotafe.vic.edu.au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).

2015 Apprentice of the Year Annonced – Shepparton & Seymour Campuses


GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their annual Trade Awards last night, Wednesday 9 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by over 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

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, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.

Michael Chapman took out the top prize and was announced as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Shepparton and Seymour Campuses. Michael, a baking apprentice, was one of the eight final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for their respective learning areas.

Michael recently completed Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) (FDF30710) with GOTAFE and is now working at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca, a business that is well renowned throughout Australia.

GOTAFE Trainer’s Kim Banfield and Stephen Pinnuck have been excited with Michael’s progression in his apprenticeship and also his mature attitude to learning and willingness to go beyond what is required.

“Michael is a reserved student but completed all the work required throughout the course without question. He demonstrated above average knowledge and skills in producing a vast range of breads, cakes, and pastries and has proven his ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with others to achieve agreed outcomes in the classroom environment”, explained Mr Banfield.

Michael began his studies a completely different field, studying 3D animation at university in Melbourne while living in Bendigo. As a part time job, he worked at Eagle Boys Pizza which turned into a management role. In January 2012, Michael commenced a full time apprenticeship contract at Beechworth Bakery in Echuca following a lead from one of his mates and will complete his contract in 2015.

During his apprenticeship, Michael has achieved the following accolades:

  • 2014 – 4th in the Baking Association of Australia’s Excellence in Baking Victorian competition
  • 2015 – Represented Victoria in the Australian and New Zealand La Judge Competition in Sydney       finishing 3rd nationally
  • 2015 – 1st in the Baking Association of Australia’s Excellence in Baking Victorian Competition finishing 2nd nationally
  • 2015 – Managed a live pie production exhibit at the Royal Perth Show
  • 2015 – Was granted a national baking mentor for emerging young bakers by the Baking Association of Australia

 

Michael hopes to develop his leadership skills at Beechworth Bakery and GOTAFE wish him the greatest success.

GOTAFE celebrated the achievements of their Apprentice students from Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses on Monday 7 December at the Wangaratta Gateway Hotel.

Local Apprentice Wins Epic Award


Echuca’s own Benjamin Pearson has had an extraordinary fortnight, taking out the inaugural EPIC-ITB Outstanding Final Year Electrical Apprentice Award in Melbourne last week and the GOTAFE Electrical Apprentice Achievement Award in Shepparton yesterday.

Mr Pearson recently completed Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811), a four year apprenticeship course designed to prepare students for the Licensed Electricians Assessments.

Employed by The Apprenticeship Factory, Mr Pearson was hosted throughout his Apprenticeship by Completecoms, an Echuca based data and communications contractor, specialising in certified data and voice cabling, electrical services and telephone systems.

GOTAFE Electrotechnology Team Leader Allan McLean nominated Ben for the awards and describes him as high achiever with a desire to learn as much as possible.

“Ben’s employer, work colleagues and customers are unanimous in their praise for his work ethic, ability to think problems through and neat tradesmanship. Ben shows an interest in new technologies and is keen to develop and adopt the knowledge and skills to cope with emerging work practices.”

Mr Pearson completed his secondary education at Moama Anglican Grammar School and then studied an Electrotechnology Pre-Apprenticeship. After being recommended to Mark Watson, the owner of Completecoms by a family friend, Ben commenced his apprenticeship in 2012.

“Ben is an extraordinary student not only because of his ability to achieve excellent results, but also his easy going personality, friendliness, diligence and willingness to get on with the job with a limited need for direction”, said Mr McLean.

Mr Pearson recently sat two Victorian Electrical licensing exams at GOTAFEs Shepparton Campus and received outstanding scores. These results put Ben among the best Electrical students in Victoria.

“Ben’s continued academic success comes from intelligent thinking and an inquiring mind. This allows him to solve problems and research solutions. He shows leadership through good example that helps to keep other members of the class focused and motivated”, explained Mr McLean.

EPIC-ITB, the Electrotechnology, Power Industries and Communications Industry Training Board Executive Officer, Alex Frazer, said they were overwhelmed by the nominations received from training organisations across the state.

”15 awards were presented to students from all areas of the industry including electrical, cable joining, rail signalling and line working as well as refrigeration and air conditioning. The colleges were asked to nominate their most outstanding students, because they know them, they have watched them learn and grow throughout their apprenticeships, said Mr Frazer.

“We have been amazed at the uptake of these awards from the industry. Each student received $1,300 worth of tools and equipment to assist them with their career. All of the prizes were donated from our industry partners – they have really got on board.”

”We have been knocked off our seat! Almost every training organisation in Victoria participated, and it’s only going to get bigger and better.”

”The support from GOTAFE and in particular Allan McLean has been fantastic”, said Mr Frazer.

GOTAFE’s Seymour and Shepparton Campuses held their annual Trade Awards last night, Wednesday 9 December at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. The awards were attended by over 220 apprentices, employers, sponsors and GOTAFE trainers.

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, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.

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2015 Apprentice of the Year Announced – Wangaratta & Benalla Campus


GOTAFE’s Benalla and Wangaratta Campuses held their annual Trade Awards last night, Monday 7 December at the Quality Gateway Hotel, Wangaratta. The awards were attended by 230 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.

Hugh Haugen took out the top prize and was announced as GOTAFE’s 2015 Apprentice of the Year for Wangaratta and Benalla Campuses. Hugh, a plumbing apprentice, was one of the seven final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Award for their respective learning areas.

Hugh recently completed Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413) with GOTAFE is now busy working as a qualified plumber with RB & BJ Brown Pty Ltd in Corryong, a business he felt was well-respected within the community.

Trainer Len Redfern describes Hugh as an ‘Old Steam Train’ because of his consistent, diligent and positive attitude to his work and studies.

“Hugh was a quiet student but he did all the work he needed to throughout the course without question. He demonstrated knowledge and skills in installing, maintaining and repairing all types of plumbing systems and has proven his ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with others to achieve agreed outcomes”, explained Mr Redfern.

After undertaking work experience in all areas of the trade industry, Hugh settled on Plumbing because of the variety and satisfaction of work the industry contains.

The Plumbing trades are recognised for the sophistication of their technical training and unique responsibility for the systems of public and environmental health, obligations that Hugh is well aware of. Hugh is also required to manage projects and assist his employer with identification and development of existing and potential commercial opportunities.

A keen four-wheel driver, Hugh also enjoys camping and fishing and is known as a respected teamplayer in the Corryong community.

Hugh hopes to start his own plumbing business and GOTAFE wish him the greatest success.

GOTAFE will be celebrating the achievements of their Apprentice students from Shepparton and Seymour Campuses on Wednesday 9 December at the GV Hotel.