GOTAFE graduate Loretta King is a public face of a new campaign showing how ‘TAFE will take you there’.
Loretta studied a beauty course at GOTAFE while completing her VCAL at school. She went from head make-up artist for her high school production to retail manager for a leading make-up brand. Loretta now runs her own freelance make-up business, and has film sets in her sights.
Loretta said, “Studying at GOTAFE gave me a head start in my career as I was able to complete my Certificate III in Beauty while doing VCAL in Year 12. My trainers were great. I was always asking questions and they were always happy to answer. I really enjoyed the hands-on work and the creative elements. I didn’t just have my head in a book.”
From today, Loretta’s story, and those of graduates from Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities, will show how quality training at a trusted TAFE can be the key to a great career.
The ‘TAFE will take you there’ campaign brings together Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities under a new united TAFE Victoria brand.
Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities will remain individual institutions, but the new brand gives them a strong collective voice as the centre of the government-funded training system.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney states, “The Victorian Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into TAFE. That’s why we’re endorsing a collective brand of providers – showing the community TAFE can take you anywhere. TAFE isn’t just changing the lives of everyday Victorians – it’s also making sure industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
It’ll help TAFEs promote the hundreds of high-quality, industry linked courses on offer and will show students and industry that TAFEs are government-backed providers, each with their own unique expertise and specialisation.
The new tafe.vic.gov.au website, also launched today, will feature every TAFE course offered by TAFEs and dual-sector university in Victoria.
At the end of this month Noah Smyth will have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at GOTAFE’s Benalla Campus.
The six month course exposed Noah to the Health sector. He learnt to care for the elderly and people living with disabilities in the classroom, plus he gained hands on experience during work placement, two weeks of which was spent in a nursing home and one week in Home and Community Care in Benalla. “Placement was a good way to cement what was learnt in the classroom as well as meet people who work in the sector.”
Noah had a really positive experience while studying at GOTAFE. “The Trainers were engaging and supportive during my studies. The course was enjoyable. We had fun as a group and I have made friends.”
“GOTAFE is a good place to study this course, because they provide a supportive environment and it’s easy to learn, they encouraged us to better ourselves.” Catherine Conrick the Team Leader Operations for Health in Wangaratta says the Certificate III Individual Support course is the ideal start for someone who is interested in a career in Health.”
“It is an entry point for employment and a foundation for future educational opportunities in the health industry including nursing. Health is a growth area both regionally and nationally and a very rewarding career for those who are people orientated.”
In the New Year, Noah will continue his studies at GOTAFE and will be enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing at our Benalla Campus.
GOTAFE is running Information Sessions for Individual Support and Nursing courses on Thursday 12 January 2017 or for other courses visit our website or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).