So much to celebrate


Join us to celebrate 20 years as Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton

To mark this special milestone, we have developed a wall display timelining the provision of education on our Fryers Street Campus since the 1800’s.

We are also taking this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our Horticultural students in developing stage two of our garden upgrade plus showcase the work produced by our Cultural Arts students this year and work developed by our students at the recent World Skills Competition in Melbourne.

You might have noticed a hive of activity at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street Campus as stage two of the garden facelift transforms our Campus thanks to Horticulture and Conversation Land Management students.

The works are being completed under the watchful eye of GOTAFE Horticulture Trainer Robyn Saunders. “The students have designed a concept which offers a more open and welcoming space in front of the campus and Restaurant,” said Ms Saunders. Each stage of the facelift relates to a required unit of competency the students must complete, including ‘Set out site for construction works’, ‘Operate machinery’, ‘Install irrigation systems’ and ‘Implement a plant establishment program’. “As a Trainer it is hugely satisfying to see our students develop such a wide range of skills and knowledge while building this new landscape. It is great to be working on a site which is highly visible, as it gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable of firstly designing, then constructing.”

Indigenous students from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus have been involved in a number of programs throughout the year, many of which are a contemporary twist on the traditional. “Indigenous art is evolving and this year’s cultural arts group wanted to reflect that in their pieces. While they displayed a deep respect for traditional forms of indigenous art, they were happy to explore new ways in which to express their cultural heritage and used items such as skateboards and mannequins to create works of art,” said Trainer Robyn Thompson.

The public exhibition will run from 21 November to 25 November at GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, Fryers Street, with a range of student work available for sale.

Where Are They Now | Laura Bell


Laura never thought that she would own and manage her own business at 21!

Laura was exposed to the hairdressing world at a young age, thanks to her hairdressing Mum. Growing up around the industry made her intrigued to be a part of it and follow in her Mothers footsteps.

Laura started attending the VETis school program in Hairdressing once a week while still attending Secondary School. This allowed her to get an early introduction to the Hairdressing industry.

“The course wasn’t easy. It was full-on, I was working part time, attending school and going to TAFE once a week. Even though it was full-on, it was worth it”.

Laura’s Trainer, Carmel was a great support to her. Having a Trainer with a wide range of experience in hairdressing allowed Laura and her classmates to learn a lot of additional skills. Read more…

Where Are They Now? Tamara Giggins


At 22, Tamara Giggins is achieving great things.

In May 2015 she opened her own Hairdressing Salon, Tamara’s Hair Boutique in Wangaratta and hasn’t looked back. The business is going from strength to strength with existing clients booking in advance to secure their next appointment and a 6-8 week waiting period for new clients.

Tamara got her first taste of hairdressing and beauty when she studied Certificate II in Hairdressing in 2010 then Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics at GOTAFE in 2011 while at Secondary School. She discovered a passion for Hairdressing and went on to complete her Certificate II in Hairdressing the following year.

“My cousins were hairdressers and I used to have my hair changed all the time. It looked fun so I thought I would give it a go.”

After leaving school, Tamara was offered an Apprenticeship. Because she wanted to stay in Wangaratta, she studied at GOTAFE every Monday and worked the rest of the week in the Salon. She loved the fact she didn’t have to travel to Melbourne and could learn in her home town with a local Hairdresser. She completed her hairdressing studies and Apprenticeship in 2014.

“I really enjoyed my experience with GOTAFE. The training was challenging as all trades are but I had the best teachers, Liz K and Carmel Cook, to work through my studies and Monica Lockyer with beauty, who is still one of the best teachers out there.”

Tamara has had on-going training with colour companies and other qualified Hairdressers to better her skills and learn other techniques.

“You never know everything, there is always room for more learning as a Hairdresser.”

Tamara believes Hairdressing and Beauty is a very hard industry as you are in people’s faces all the time and always talking.

“It’s not for the faint hearted and you are on your feet for long hours. We are not perfect but if you work hard, make mistakes and learn from them you will be an excellent Hairdresser/Beauty Therapist. Most of all be passionate and have fun.”

Tamara has just taken on a qualified Hairdresser and hopes to employ an Apprentice next year. She wants to give them the best possible experience and start in their career. 

Tamara’s next goal is to expand and move into a new salon next year. Having qualifications in both Hair and Beauty, Tamara says she is able to offer clients more and this has paid off in the long run.

“I could not imagine doing anything else in my life. I love making people feel beautiful and making them feel good about themselves.”

Students Swapped Their Scissors for Stretches


Get moving and get motivated was the takeaway message from a recent health and wellbeing seminar held at GOTAFE during August.

TEC Hair and Beauty students at GOTAFE’s Seymour, Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses were visited by a representative from POSACTIVITY, Matt Dillon.

POSACTIVITY focuses on physical activity to motive the mind and body. Through a series of simple 30 minute activities, Matt encouraged the students to get moving, he helped them to identify parts of the body that hold tension and gave them techniques to release that tension and negative energy.

GOTAFE Hair and Beauty Trainer and industry representative, Carmel Cook recognised the need to step away from traditional study methods to further motivate the students.

“The students are half way through the study year and have been enthusiastic and committed to their studies but we all know that sometimes it is challenging to see the end goal, especially for some of these students who are juggling study, part-time jobs, social commitments and just being a teenager,” she said.

“We wanted to encourage our students to reach their goals and remind them, whilst the journey to get there will take some effort, the rewards will far out way any negatives.

“We sought the assistance of Matt Dillon from POSACTIVITY because we all know that physical movement has a positive impact on feeling energised and motivated and we want our students to put their best foot forward when entering into related hair and beauty industries.

“The students were also addressed by representatives from GOTAFE’s Skills and Job Hub as well as student services, outlining to students the available support in both job seeking and pathways as well as learning strategies for dealing with life’s challenges.

“Industry representatives also gave accounts of their own learning pathways and journeys as well as valuable insight into industry expectations when entering into the workforce.”

Posactivity has a passion for sharing physical activity sessions which incorporate positive psychology and fun meaningful movement to help people improve their health and wellbeing and optimise their participants life.

$5.3 Million for GOTAFE to Boost Learning Support


 

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus to announce $5.3 million to boost support for vulnerable students.

The funding, from the Labor Government’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, is a boost for vital programs that support disadvantaged locals to access training and support, including its Literacy and Numeracy support program.

With this extra funding, GOTAFE expects the program to be expanded from helping 150 students in 2015 to around 4,000 students.

The extra students will receive additional support from GOTAFE, focusing on their literacy and numeracy skills. One of the main reasons students drop out of training is a lack of foundation knowledge, and this program will help vulnerable students finish their training so they have the best start in life.

“TAFE’s across Victoria help disadvantaged students access training and job opportunities and this funding will help improve support for them,” said Minister Herbert.

Mr Herbert also opened Shepparton’s Skills and Jobs Centre today, which will be the first point of call for employers looking to take on an apprentice, students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support to re-enter the workforce.

“In coming weeks we will also be opening our Wangaratta Skills and Jobs Centre,” said GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.

“These Centres will then also support outreach services to other towns in our region.

“The Skills and Jobs Centres will be a one-stop-shop for job seekers to undertake skills assessments and career counselling to ensure that they are directed toward the training they need to meet the skill needs of local industries.”

New Skills & Jobs Centre Launched in Shepparton


Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon Steve Herbert launched the brand new Skills and Jobs Centre in Shepparton today.
This Centre is one of a network of Skills & Jobs Centres currently under development at TAFE’s across the state including Wangaratta and Wodonga in the North East. Each of the centres are tailored to meet the needs of their local communities and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services.
The new Centre, located at the Corio St entrance of GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus, has been developed thanks to $1 million in funding received from the Andrews Labor Government awarded to GOTAFE in November 2015.
The Centre is a one-stop-shop for job-seekers looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing guidance for retraining, explained GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
“We are thrilled to launch the Shepparton Skills and Jobs Centre. It will provide the first point of call to get expert skills assessment, career advice and training opportunities,” said Mr Culpan.
“Our Skills and Jobs Centre will eliminate confusion about where to get help about undertaking training or how to re-skill in a new industry.”
“By engaging more strongly with industry, the Skills and Jobs Centre will also develop a better understanding of skill gaps in the region, to which training solutions can be developed.”
Mr Culpan said GOTAFE recognises that strong industry links are vital in boosting outcomes for students to make sure they get a job after they finish training.
“GOTAFE is proud to be part of the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley communities. We work closely with local schools and are very proud to be a signatory on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Better Together Alliance made up of Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and McGuire Secondary College.”
“We have also been working to strengthen our partnerships with industry, most recently with Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The GOTAFE and Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative MOU partnership aims to engage the major health and aged care providers in the Greater Shepparton region to participate in a workforce development initiative with a primary focus on upskilling and creating opportunities for indigenous healthcare workers.
“The health and aged care sectors are major growth industries across the Hume region and are facing significant skill and capacity gaps which this MoU seeks to address.”
GOTAFE will open the doors to the brand new Wangaratta Skills & Jobs Centre on Friday 8 April.

Unique Dance Program Launches in Wangaratta


GOTAFE’s Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts (GRADA) will open the doors to a new dance studio in Wangaratta later this month.

GRADA is the premier program for Performing Arts and Theatre Production training in regional Victoria.

GOTAFE Design, Art, Sport and Recreation Commercial Manager, Ian Poole, said the program is relocating its operations from its original base in Benalla, to offer dance training in the Wangaratta community.

“We are excited to be offering dance and movement training in Wangaratta for the first time.”

The new studio will offer Certificate III to Diploma level dance courses focusing on physical skills, technical based training and teaching and management in emerging performance fields.

“This program is ideal for young people who already have some experience in dance to gain a qualification and pick up some teaching skills of their own,” said Mr Poole.

Leading the team will be award winning trainer Kerrie Sinclair. Ms Sinclair has spent her career travelling the world following her passion working as a choreographer, fight director and performer in both live theatre and film in Australia, Brazil, Europe and Hong Kong.

“Kerrie’s twenty five years in the industry has included performances for The Australian Shakespeare Company, JUTE Theatre, Passion Pictures (UK), Scottish Reel Dance Film Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival, and numerous other festival and film projects.

“She has lectured extensively in dance and stage combat training methods in Brazil, Australia and the UK and has been working with us at GOTAFE since 2011, producing innovative dance theatre performances and exploring various movement training methods for dancers and actors.

“Kerrie’s experience coupled with a reorientation of our courses sees a new chapter for GRADA, providing high quality training right here in Wangaratta.”

An enrolment session for those interested in further information in dance training will be held at 10am on Monday 15 February 2016 at the new studio, located on the GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus in Docker Street.

Specialist Contemporary Dance including Aerial Tissu programs will commence on 22 February 2016.

For more information please visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Hair Salon Benefits Young & Old


GOTAFE have formed an exciting new partnership with the Rumbalara Elders Facility in the use of their hair and beauty salon.

Residents have welcomed the students with open arms, explained GOTAFE Hair & Beauty Commercial Manager Kate Storer.

“We have received very promising feedback already, after only a couple of visits.”

“Our aim is to provide our students with the skills industry demand – which also includes working with people from all walks of life, different cultures and ages.”

“The aim of this project is for students to learn to manage and operate a small but busy salon during the later stages of their training with GOTAFE. The students will be required to implement all aspects of their hairdressing training including appointment booking, treatments, ordering and stock take, salon management, and time management, while under the supervision of our highly qualified Trainers. The staff only step in when required to allow students the freedom to really explore their capability.”

GOTAFE Hairdressing students will visit the Rumbalara Elder Facility every Thursday to provide haircuts, blowaves, colour treatments & beauty services such as manicures explained GOTAFE Trainer Craig Ferguson.

“Students are learning what it means to give back to the community. One of our students was moved to tears after her first visit. She said the experience was one of the best in her life, knowing that the skills she has learnt can help lift the spirits of the elderly.”

“One resident has offered to paint an artwork for the salon. It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm about this new salon in both our students and the Rumbalara Elder Facility staff and residents. We are looking forward to being part of this community.”

To celebrate the Crown Oaks Day and the Spring Racing Carnival, Rumbalara Elder Facility residents will be treated to a special Pampering Day by GOTAFE students on Thursday 5 November 2015. Hair and Beauty students will be offering manicures, blowaves and sets to residents, followed by a special High Tea luncheon.

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