The TAFE year officially begins this week, with thousands of students preparing to boost their skills at GOTAFE.
GOTAFE offers hundreds of nationally recognised courses for students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, explained GOTAFE Executive Manager for Strategy and Commercial Development, Ken McLennan.
“Our student cohort is extremely diverse, from Year 12 graduates and job seekers to current school students, parents and even grandparents. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone, to a year of new opportunities,” said Mr McLennan.
“This Wednesday, over 830 Year 10, VCAL and VCE students will begin their Vocational Education and Training in School (VET in School) Program across our four main Campuses, plus students studying online from around the state.”
The GOTAFE VET in School Program provides secondary school students with the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited and industry recognised qualification while still at secondary school.
“Students complete Year 10, VCAL or VCE and a VETiS Certificate at the same time, giving them greater opportunities for further study or work and a greater understanding of the field they are interested in.”
“GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university. We have recently introduced a new Apprenticeship in Surf Craft Manufacturing and have a number of exciting new programs in the pipeline that will be announced shortly,” said Mr McLennan.
GOTAFE delivers flexible programs and enjoys a number of partnerships with some of Victoria’s largest Universities including University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Victoria University and La Trobe University and even shares facilities with regional Institutions such as Charles Sturt University and Federation University. These partnerships enable GOTAFE students to receive credit towards further study, providing students with an alternative to direct entry into universities.
There is still time to enrol in courses for 2017, with many courses taking enrolments mid-year and rolling enrolments all year. For a full list of available courses visit gotafe.vic.edu.au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).
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.
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.
GOTAFE Cultural Arts students will display their works during an exhibition and ceremony entitled ‘Deadli Nu Arteffects’ on Wednesday 18 November 2015.
20 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, explained GOTAFE Koorie Arts Coordinator, Robyn Thompson.
“Indigenous art is evolving and this year’s cultural arts group wanted to reflect that in their pieces. Whilst 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 Ms Thompson.
A number of students participated in the Kooriez in da Hood program where they researched their cultural heritage and translated what they learnt into wearable art in the form of hooded jumpers or ‘Hoodies’. These students recently celebrated their achievements with a runway show and ceremony in September.
Ms Thompson explained that throughout the year, students have the opportunity participate in workshops with contemporary artists and Indigenous Elders across Victoria to learn artistic techniques.
“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, as well as model their Hoodies during a professional photo shoot.”
Most recently, students engaged with local indigenous artist Troy Firebrace in a painting workshop. Troy is a young Shepparton born Yorta Yorta man, whose career is on the rise after his painting recently won a prestigious Victorian art award: Federation University Acquisitive Award for Work by a Victorian Regional Artist at the 10th Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. At 22 years of age, Troy has been studying Creative Arts at La Trobe University, Bendigo where he has pursued his interest in his Aboriginal identity and art. GOTAFE students were inspired by an idea of Troy’s use of skateboards as canvases for their work. Troy will also host the Deadly Nu Arteffect Ceremony along with GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
The public exhibition will run from 18 November to 25 November at GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, Fryers Street, with a range of student work available for sale. Gallery Kaiela will then play host to a selection of students artwork during the exhibition ‘Connect to Country for Christmas’ 3 December until 21 January 2016.
For further information on the Cultural Arts program please contact Robyn Thompson via the Koorie Education Unit on 1300 GOTAFE.
Recently, the GOTAFE Multicultural Education Centre (MEC) and Community Services Department joined forces for a Cultural Exchange Day held at the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus.
15 Certificate III in Spoken and Written English students spent the day with Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) students, playing games and learning about one another, explained GOTAFE Trainer, Jo Fasano.
“Our session began with each MEC student introducing themselves and providing some information regarding how they came to be in Australia. The day included a range of hands on activities and games, all designed to make the students feel comfortable and facilitate an open exchange of information,” said Mrs Fasano.
Chocolate proved to be an appropriate motivator for all. Games included Bingo, Pictionary and a Treasure Hunt – but the fun and laughter was all for a purpose.
“The emphasis was all about exchange of information so that both groups could learn from each other. Everyone was delighted to find that they shared so may commonalities, and were intrigued by the variations in the things they liked and disliked,” said Mrs Fasano.
“Students shared information about their cultures, upbringings, educational experiences and hopes for the future. They spoke openly about everything from tattoos to clothing, marriage and religion. They also used visuals to aid in communication, drawing diagrams and sharing photographs of their families and pets.”
The session was designed to provide all participants with an opportunity to practise their communication skills in an open and safe environment. Not only did it assist with English language skills, it provided an opportunity for the Education Support students to practice skills they will require in a professional setting.
“Students were required to demonstrate features of good communication, such as the appropriate tone of voice, use of gestures and facial expressions to support communication attempts, and asking for clarification if a question or response was not understood.”
The event has proven to be a great success, with newfound friendships formed and a greater understanding of the many cultures that make up our community.
For more information about the Multicultural Education Unit or Community Services courses at GOTAFE, please contact 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au