The second week in June will see the launch of GOTAFE’s inaugural ‘Women’s Health Awareness Week’. The week will feature a series of activities including a Yoga Class facilitated by Aquamoves, a bake sale prepared by GOTAFE Hospitality and Baking students, a lunchtime walking group, Health Seminar presented by GV Health and prizes donated by GOTAFE’s Hairdressing & Beauty Salon.
- 13 Tuesday June: Aquamoves Yoga Class 1-2pm
- 14 Wednesday June: GOBake Sale 1-3pm
- 15 Thursday June: Walking Group 1-2:30pm
- 16 Friday June: GV Health Seminar & Raffle Draw 10:30am to 12:30pm
The week was initiated by GOTAFE Hospitality Teacher, Anita McFarlane, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Ms McFarlane kick-started the idea in May by chopping off her hair alongside her sister Valerie Low and niece Yolanda Low. Their hair was donated to the Variety Charity to make wigs for sick children.
Ms McFarlane would like to use her experience with breast cancer as a way of encouraging women to prioritise their health.
“As women we are often so busy caring for the needs of our family and friends that we often overlook our own health. Unfortunately, because I did this, I now find myself in a challenging situation,” said Ms McFarlane.
“Being aware of Women’s Health issues is important for everyone in the community. Partners, children, friends and family members should remind the women in their lives to have regular health checks.
“If it wasn’t for my husband nagging me to get a check-up, things could have been a lot worse. So I have that to be thankful for.” Ms McFarlane has set up a donation page, with all proceeds going to the Goulburn Valley Breast Cancer Special Purpose Fund, operated by GV Health, Shepparton.
GOTAFE’s Women’s Health Awareness Week is open to the public. For updates please visit the GOTAFE Facebook page.
Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers.
Nominations close midnight, Friday 16 June.
Visit the official VTA page here.
GOTAFE will be submitting entries in a number of the organisational categories.
If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
The Apprenticeship Factory held its annual Apprentice of the Year awards event last night at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. GOTAFE Apprentice Kain Loveday was announced as the 2016 Barry Franklin Apprentice of the Year.
Fourth year Electrical Apprentice Kain Loveday studies at the GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus and is employed by Roy Lopez Electrical in Alexandra.
Described as a highly valued student, The Apprenticeship Factory have been impressed with his attitude towards his work.
“He is prepared to work long hours and is willing to assist his employer in any way he can.”
Having now completed his A grade exams, Kain would like to complete a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.
With over 8 categories of awards presented and 24 Apprentice’s vying for the major award, the event showcased the achievements of Apprentices from across the region.
GOTAFE is proud to sponsor this event and congratulates all involved.
Young people from across the country are preparing to venture to Tatura Park in early January for the National Dairy All Breeds Youth Camp 2017.
With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.
During the five day Camp, participants will develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technology. Each participant will learn how to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.
Each year the event focusses on a particular theme. The theme for this camp has just been announced, Animal Health and Welfare, a follow on from last year’s theme Nutrition.
“Participants also learn judging, showing and clipping skills, take part in team activities and also peer judging of each other’s showmanship,” explained Ms Galt.
“Participants will develop their confidence in handling dairy Heifers, discuss breeding and new technology. Each participant is supplied with a Heifer and will learn how to care for the animal in the lead up to competition day”.
Holstein Australia is having a classifier attend the event who will be teaching the participants the structure of a cow and advise them on what judges are looking for when they are in the ring.
As the event is running in Tatura, Tatura Milk has organised a private factory tour for the camp. This is a great opportunity for participates to see a fully functioning Dairy factory operate.
“We would like to thank International Dairy Week and Dairy Australia for their support and significant contribution to the event, the supporters, volunteers and John Maher for donating his time to discuss show ethics. Our Major Sponsor, the Dairy Beef Alliance, Team Sponsors ABS Australia, Genetics Australia, Alta Genetics, Profit-a-bull and SEMEX. We would like to thank each of these organisations for their very generous sponsorships because without Sponsors the Camp can’t run.”
To register your interest in attending visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/youthcamp or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999. Register before October 30 to be in the draw to win a GOPRO.
The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) has announced their 2016 Award Winners, with GOTAFE Marketing Manager, Larissa Falla, a Finalist for the Public Sector Employee Category.
The annual Awards recognise and celebrate achievements of students, trainers, training providers and employers who have achieved outstanding results in their areas of knowledge and expertise.
Mrs Falla joined fellow finalists from across the state for a ceremony at the Aborigines Advancement League in Melbourne on Thursday 13 October 2016.
“I’m honoured to be nominated and shortlisted as I know there are a lot of deserving people out there doing great things within community.” she said.
A GOTAFE employee for 10 years, Mrs Falla has risen through the ranks from Trainee to managing the Marketing and Creative Services team at GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus. Originally from Tropical North Queensland, Mrs Falla belongs to the Dulguburra Yidinji people, she moved to the Goulburn Valley while at secondary school and has raised her three children among Koorie culture.
Nominated by Natasha McCormick, GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Learning Skills Unit and the Centre for Koorie Education, the application highlights Mrs Falla’s involvement in the community, contribution to the improved performance of the organisation and the work she has done to increase cultural awareness among GOTAFE staff and students.
“Larissa is a well-respected Manager at GOTAFE and her views on cultural matters are highly regarded and regularly sought when planning the future activities of GOTAFE,” explained Ms McCormick.
“She is a firm believer in the importance of using education, training and employment as building blocks for the success of young Indigenous people. As an Indigenous woman in a managerial role, she is a role model for many.”
The Awards hope to provide an inspiring example of the potential of Indigenous people and communities.
For more information about VAEAI or the Wurreker Awards visit www.vaeai.org.au/education
Students at Galen Catholic College Wangaratta learnt about potential career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the STEM Expo on Wednesday August 14.
Students learnt about how drones are revolutionising farming and delivery systems from guest speakers and drone pilots. They also met ‘NAO’ the robot as well as SIM Man (pictured here with GOTAFE staff from the Skills and Jobs Centre) and were shown how robots are leading the way forward in Rural Health Services.
STEM stands for:
See the evolution of additive manufacturing technology with 3D Printers at work
Test the skills of the future navigating Sphero Robots through mazes
Experience informal and creative computer technology and coding with CoderDojo
Make a robot walk, talk and think with Lego Mindstorms ev3
The STEM Expo also featured representatives from Australian Defence Forces, Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University and Royal Society of Victoria.
Young people from across the country have shown strong interest in the upcoming National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp.
With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education, Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.
Ms Galt went on to say the event has had a long history of supporting dairy enthusiasts and said that the event would not be possible without the support of the industry and its sponsors. Read more…
Local young people are being given the opportunity to participate in a 5 day camp designed to support their interest in the dairy industry.
The National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp, previously held at the Melbourne Showgrounds has found a new home at Tatura Park, thanks to the generous sponsorship of International Dairy Week. Read more…
The NCDE recognised the achievements of 15 graduating students as part of the WestVic Dairy South West Dairy Awards on 19 May 2016 at Deakin University Warrnambool.
The NCDE students were recognised during the evening in front of more than 250 guests that included their peers, family and friends, as well farmers and industry representatives there to celebrate their achievements. Read more…