New study opportunity lands in Benalla


GOTAFE have begun delivering Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) in Benalla, with a new intake round commencing 29 June 2017.

Previously only offered in Shepparton, the course provides students with the skills required to work as a qualified Teachers Aide or Education Assistant in primary and secondary schools as well as kindergartens.

Benalla resident and mother of four, Cheryl Gray, began her studies in Shepparton in July 2016, but has since been able to transfer to Benalla to complete her qualification. The former ANZ Service Consultant from Gippsland, relocated to Benalla two years ago to be closer to family and chose Education Support so she could better assist students with additional needs, just like her eight year old daughter.

“I saw a need to help assist Teachers in the classroom with students who have additional needs like my daughter. It’s been a huge career change but I’m now passionate about supporting children and now have the knowledge to back it up,” said Ms Gray.

“I love being on placement! I’m currently on placement at Violet Town Primary School and worked at Benalla Primary School last year. I’ve almost finished my studies and hope to be able to work in a school in Benalla; I feel like I have made the right choice.”

The 10 month course will be delivered two days per week in the classroom plus a further one day per week of practical work placement, explained Course Coordinator, Jo Fasano.

“This course is ideal for someone who is looking to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. Interested participants will need to have a good understanding of literacy and numeracy because this is where students need the most support. They will also need to have a sense of fun, the ability to multitask and be able to see things from multiple perspectives,” said Ms Fasano.

“Education Support is an ideal career for people with young families who are looking to return to the workforce. The majority of jobs in this field are based in schools and are part time, so are ideal for working parents. A Certificate IV in Education Support is looked upon favourably by universities and can be used with some Institutes as an ATAR alternative or stepping stone to further study.” And Ms Gray’s advice to anyone thinking about returning to study?

“Come to GOTAFE and talk to a Trainer. They will make sure you understand what you are signing up for and will make sure the course is right for you. Add your study commitments into your routine and you’ll be fine.”

Classes commence 29 June 2017. Information sessions are being held on Thursday 8 June in Benalla at 2pm and 5pm. Click here to register or call on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

GOTAFE now delivering Education Support in Benalla


GOTAFE will commence delivery of Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) for the first time in Benalla next month. They are also seeking expressions of interest for people looking to study at their Wangaratta Campus.

The course, commencing in April, is the key to unlocking a career in Education Support. The 10 month course will be delivered two days per week in the classroom plus a further one day per week of practical work placement, explained Course Coordinator, Jo Fasano. “This course is ideal for someone who is looking to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. Interested participants will need to have a good understanding of literacy and numeracy because this is where students need the most support. They will also need to have a sense of fun, the ability to multitask and be able to see things from multiple perspectives.”

“We have been delivering this course from our Shepparton Campus for a number of years, with students progressing onto work as Teacher’s Aides, Education Support Workers, Special Education Assistants, Home Tutors and Literacy Support Workers.”

Ms Fasano has been delivering the program from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus for four years and has countless examples of how it has transformed the lives of her students. Single mother Brooke Coming turned her life around through Education Support. “When she started with us she lacked confidence but throughout the course we saw her grow and thrive; she has just landed her very first job. We are so thrilled for her.”

Graduate Angela Dirretto used Certificate IV in Education Support as an alternative pathway to higher education. She is now studying teaching at the Australian Catholic University. “Education Support is an ideal career for people with young families who are looking to return to the workforce. The majority of jobs in this field are based in schools and are part time, so are ideal for working parents.”

Last year Certificate IV Education Support graduate Lyndal McGowan received the GOTAFE Outstanding Community Services Student. “Lyndal, a former Nurse, discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school,” said Ms Fasano.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant,” explained Ms McGowan. “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.”

GOTAFE has been working closely with Wangaratta’s Centre for Continuing Education (The Centre) to develop formal pathways and credit transfers for students who have already completed Certificate III in Education Support.

Classes commence 27 April 2017, with student interviews commencing 17 March 2017.

For more information contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or click here to register to attend an information session.