GOTAFE celebrated the success of their students last night with an Awards Recognition Ceremony held at the Parklake Hotel in Shepparton. The event recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2016 within the Services sector including Business, IT, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation, Community Services and Health.
Three students were awarded Outstanding Student Awards for successfully completing their studies:
- Outstanding Business Student, Stephanie Bell, Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)
- Outstanding Health Student, Sarah Trevena, Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612)
- Outstanding Community Services Student, Rylie Kerambrun, Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
GOTAFE Executive Manager for Services Industries, Louise Pearce, was excited to catch up with the students to find out where their training has taken them.
“We are excited to see these newly qualified students enter the local workforce and use their skills to better the community. GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university.”
This event is one of a series held throughout the region this March.
GOTAFE has partnered with a number of organisations and universities to create more options for students to obtain higher qualifications. Specifically the partnership with La Trobe University provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a diploma and a degree in one package.
Dual Enrolment enables students to co-enrol into a diploma and degree at the same time – offering students a streamlined pathway to gaining both qualifications. Students gain the flexibility of either:
• completing a diploma and entering the workforce or
• continue studying and graduate with both a TAFE diploma and a La Trobe University degree.
In late 2016, the Community Services Team joined the Health Department. This is an internal change that will have little impact on courses, however there are a number of benefits to students, including:
• Improved access to clinical laboratory facilities
• Smoother transition to other health programs – particularly Diploma of Nursing
• Consistent approach to teaching and learning for all health courses
Contact our Health and Nursing Team to find out more.
Susan Huffer has recently accepted a new role within GOTAFE, and for those of you that have enjoyed working with Susan within the health sector, don’t worry, she now feels she has more opportunity to work with the community, make regular visits and personally develop business opportunities, so it’s likely you will see more of her than before.
Susan describes her new role:
I have been privileged with an opportunity to strengthen the position of GOTAFE in regional Victoria through industry and community engagement.
I am most excited about exploring new opportunities and growing existing partnerships.
Q: Name two projects that you are keen to talk about?
For the first time, we can now offer Certificate III in Dental Assisting. We are only one of two regional TAFE’s to offer this training outside of Melbourne.
We are also building relationships with local football clubs and will offer tailored workshops on leadership, conflict management, bullying, harassment and fostering cultural diversity.
We hope that through this training we can build their capabilities and create clubs that are inclusive, and accepting of diversity.
I think it is so important to make clubs and sporting organisations safer, more accepting and more cultural inclusive environment for players and their families, committee members and the general community.
Q: Why do you think these roles are so important to GOTAFE and the broader community?
A: These roles are all about engaging with industry and getting the GOTAFE name out there.
Q: What skills do you bring to this role?
A: I have a lot of existing industry contacts. I have worked with so many people over the years as a nurse as well as developing programs as a Team Leader in nursing. There is trust there, people know me and trust me. I can talk to anyone, I am not here to sell, I am here to listen and offer solutions that meet their priorities.
Q: What message do you want to get out there about these roles?
A: I want organisations and individuals to seek out myself and my colleagues. I want people to partner with us because they know we can meet their needs, we are quality, we are local, we are flexible and we want to work with them to help their achieve their training goals.
I am passionate about further developing industry relationships and supporting our partners to achieve their goals.
Olivia Tonks, a year 11 student at Wanganui Park College, is currently studying at Gotafe towards her Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
Influenced by her Mum and because she likes looking after people, Olivia decided to begin her studies in the healthcare industry as a VET in Schools student this year.
Six months into her studies, Olivia believes that the VETis course through Gotafe is providing her with the skills and knowledge she needs to give her the headstart to enable her to continue down the career path in health care.
“This course has opened my opportunities up widely and helped me to understand things better. We have week about in the classroom and on placement at Goulburn Valley Health. I love that it is both hands on and theory so that it does not get boring.”
So far this year, Olivia has experience placement in Maternity involving special care nursing, Orderly, Dental and Medical Imaging.
“I am really enjoying this course. There is a wide range of people and we all get on nicely and that makes it a joy to go to class. I would highly recommend this Gotafe course to anyone who is interested in entering into a career in the health care industry.”
“When I finish my year 12 at school, I plan to study Division 2 Nursing at Gotafe then furthering my studies at University. I would like to specialise in the area of paediatrics. “
Nursing students have begun practical placement at health care providers around the region.
First year Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) (HLT51612) students Jenny Draper and Christine Murray will spend two weeks stationed at Mansfield District Hospital as part of their Diploma of Nursing studies.
GV Health is creating new jobs for Health Assistants in Nursing, working in the acute care wards.
Health Assistants are involved with direct patient care, assisting with hygiene, nutrition, mobility, safety, working as part of a team alongside registered and enrolled nurses.
These are traineeship positions, so you will get paid while studying and working. Training will be provided by GOTAFE, with the traineeship is facilitated by MEGT.
If you are interested in applying for a Health Assistant in Nursing Traineeship, you must attend an information session about this employment opportunity.
Free information sessions:
GV Health Graham St Campus, Elsie Jones Education Centre (Room 4)
10am, Tuesday, 12 January 2016
OR 6pm, Thursday 14 January 2016
Representatives from GV Health, GOTAFE and MEGT will be available to answer any questions.
Please RSVP by email to Lyn Brett by 11 January 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5823 8635 or (03) 5823 8600 for more information.