Rotary Club of Shepparton South Vocational Scholarships


Applications are now open for the Rotary Club of Shepparton South Vocational Scholarships!

The sum of $2000.00, divided into four scholarships, is available to students enrolled in a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma program with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Shepparton Campuses.

The four scholarships are available to successful applicants and are intended to assist individuals who have fees that exceed $500, including tuition fees, materials fees & books/texts required.

The focus of the scholarship fund is to ultimately support regional development through assisting local residents to enhance their skills and achieve their study goals. No age criterion applies and the scholarships can be in any area of vocational study programs at the Certificate III level or higher.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form. Students must have satisfied TAFE’s attendance and study requirements to date and obtained the support of their TAFE course coordinator. In this regard, applicants need to obtain the signature of their course coordinator at the bottom of their application form.

From this, a short list of applicants will be determined and interviewed in relation to their study and career aspirations. The Shepparton South Rotary Club would require successful applicants to provide a short address to Club members on their study and career aspirations, as a way of thanking the Club for their contribution.

Click here to download the application form or contact reception on campus.

Applications close on Tuesday 28th February 2017!

Passion, practice and patience key to patisserie chef’s success


“With baking, you have to keep learning, by training or practicing,” said Luke. “It’s important to take pride and have passion in what you do. It’s also important to love what you do.”

His advice is sound advice, as he was awarded GOTAFE’s Baking Apprentice of the Year in his last year of study in 2010 and has international experience at a renown Patisserie School in France. Luke attributes his success to his training and trainers at GOTAFE.

“My GOTAFE Baking Trainers were Kim, Steve and Maria, they were really good to me and also inspired me further to become a baker”.

Initially, Luke started his baking career at High School, working part time at Gaffney’s Bakery in Yea. He enjoyed it so much that he started working full time, beginning his apprenticeship at GOTAFE.

Once finishing his apprenticeship at GOTAFE he travelled overseas to France to train for two months at Ecole Nationale Superieure De Patisserie (ENSP). Luke took the view that France is well known for their pastries so why not learn from the best, so after completing his training he moved to Paris, living and working there for six months.

“I didn’t find it too hard to get a job. I was lucky because my boss spoke a bit of English which made it easier if I had any questions.”

Luke is now back in Australia, working at Le Petit Gateaux, Melbourne a patisserie specialising in creative cakes and tarts.

Luke continues to build his career and said he constantly strives for innovation. “Trying to be a bit different from everybody else is the biggest challenge.

“I am always trying to come up with my own ideas and not copying anybody else’s.”

GOTAFE Auto Training Wodonga Open Day


From February 2017 GOTAFE will be offering training in automotive courses from our Wodonga training centre.  This includes:

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Agriculture Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

We encourage business owners and managers to attend our upcoming open day to enable you to make a fully informed choice about your apprenticeship training.  On the day you will be able to meet our trainers and check out our state-of-the-art training facility. Open day details:

Date: Wednesday 25 January, 2017
Time: 12 – 6pm
Location: Motorsports Training Australia – Logic Centre 45 Albertson Road, Barnawartha North

Please book your place for a tour by contacting Mark Ward via 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Volunteering sparked a career change to Education


Lyndal McGowan discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school. After some research, she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant. GOTAFE helped me achieve my goal, a career that gave me more time with my family and I am now employed as an Education Support (ES) at a local Primary School.”

“Studying with GOTAFE has seen me overcome my fears, grow in confidence, resilience and self-reliance, these skills helped me to juggle study and family commitments. ”

Lyndal McGowan was awarded the Shepparton Campus Community Services Recognition Award in 2015 after successfully completing the Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213).

Since completing her studies at GOTAFE she has been volunteering at Shepparton Christian College and St George’s Road Primary School and working at Wanganui Park Secondary College. In 2016 she was employed at St Georges Road Primary School.

Her positive experience of the training she received sees Lyndal constantly promoting the education support course to her colleagues as well as people in her personal networks, emphasising the benefits it provided to her both professionally and personally.

Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) will be offered in Wangaratta for the first time in 2017.