CoolHeads – Young Driver Program

A thought provoking, confronting and informative road safety program with advice on a wide range of topics for young drivers. Presented by Shepparton Police and Local Agencies.

Upcoming 2017 programs:

  • 6:30pm for a 7pm start Wednesday 19 July, Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street Shepparton.
  • 6:30pm for a 7pm start, Wednesday 22 November 2017, Harder Auditorium, GOTAFE

Click here to download the registration form.

For further enquiries contact:

Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson (03) 5820 5830
Senior Constable Dean Lloyd (03) 5820 5870

Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship 2017

$12,000 Scholarship now open!

Young people starting out in the dairy industry – and those already under way in their farming careers will be offered the chance of a lifetime to give a major boost to their knowledge and skills.

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Applications are open for the $12,000 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship for 2017.  A scheme which seeks to encourage enthusiastic students between the ages of 17 and 45 as they undertake further education related to any sector of the dairy industry.

The Greenham Dairy Scholarship is awarded on a range of criteria including:

  • How the applicant will use the money to improve their skills and knowledge
  • How important the scholarship is to them being able to realise their ambitions
  • Potential benefits to the dairy industry or farm enterprise
  • Previous academic, industry and/or personal achievements


Applications close 31 January 2017.

Individual support providing a head start into Health

At the end of this month Noah Smyth will have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at GOTAFE’s Benalla Campus.

The six month course exposed Noah to the Health sector. He learnt to care for the elderly and people living with disabilities in the classroom, plus he gained hands on experience during work placement, two weeks of which was spent in a nursing home and one week in Home and Community Care in Benalla. “Placement was a good way to cement what was learnt in the classroom as well as meet people who work in the sector.”

Noah had a really positive experience while studying at GOTAFE.  “The Trainers were engaging and supportive during my studies. The course was enjoyable. We had fun as a group and I have made friends.”

“GOTAFE is a good place to study this course, because they provide a supportive environment and it’s easy to learn, they encouraged us to better ourselves.” Catherine Conrick the Team Leader Operations for Health in Wangaratta says the Certificate III Individual Support course is the ideal start for someone who is interested in a career in Health.”

“It is an entry point for employment and a foundation for future educational opportunities in the health industry including nursing. Health is a growth area both regionally and nationally and a very rewarding career for those who are people orientated.”

In the New Year, Noah will continue his studies at GOTAFE and will be enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing at our Benalla Campus.

GOTAFE is running Information Sessions for Individual Support and Nursing courses on Thursday 12 January 2017 or for other courses visit our website or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Fussy eater to head chef

Chris Buzza was a self-confessed fussy eater until the age of 15, when an experience with his Dad at the MCG changed all that.

“My Dad and I were about to have lunch in a corporate box. Dad said to me, ‘I know you will not like much of the food but at least try it.’ I did and I really enjoyed it,” said Chris. “This experience gave me the inspiration to pay more attention in my food class at school and to start pursuing hospitality as a career.”

Chris started his hospitality training at GOTAFE as a Year 12 student through the VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) program. Chris also completed a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and in June this year, he opened his own café in Mooroopna, Bill and Beats.

“Opening my own business is something I have wanted to do since I first started out in hospitality. I like the idea of being my own boss and the challenges that it will bring.”

Chris believes you need to get as much experience as you can if you want to be successful in the hospitality industry.

Chris found it very beneficial and gained a lot of experience working with a variety of chefs with different cooking backgrounds, learning new skills, techniques and flavour combinations. He went on to say there is so much in the world of food you can do.

During his training at GOTAFE, Chris did work experience at Golf Clubs, Restaurants, Hotels and even the Army Barracks at Watsonia.

“I really enjoyed my time at GOTAFE. There was quite a bit of variety and it was good to learn from teachers who had worked in the industry for a long time and were very passionate about food.”

He started his apprenticeship at the Shepparton RSL and finished it at the Aussie Hotel.

“I rang the kitchen at the Telegraph Hotel in Numurkah for five years.

“I moved to London for a year which was great experience and then came back to the Telegraph Hotel for another year before taking on the role as head chef at Sebastians Restaurant in Shepparton.”