New Beginnings At GOTAFE


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).

GOTAFE Student Named Apprentice of the Year


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.

It’s All Coming Together For The National Dairy Youth Camp


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.

Lady Tradies | Katherine Sellick


Looking for different opportunities and reliable consistency in the workplace is what inspired Katherine Sellick to go down the path of a Technical Trade career.

“I have had a good response from most people since taking up study this year towards a Certificate III in Plumbing and my family and friends have been really supportive.” Read more…

Where Are They Now | Laura Bell


Laura never thought that she would own and manage her own business at 21!

Laura was exposed to the hairdressing world at a young age, thanks to her hairdressing Mum. Growing up around the industry made her intrigued to be a part of it and follow in her Mothers footsteps.

Laura started attending the VETis school program in Hairdressing once a week while still attending Secondary School. This allowed her to get an early introduction to the Hairdressing industry.

“The course wasn’t easy. It was full-on, I was working part time, attending school and going to TAFE once a week. Even though it was full-on, it was worth it”.

Laura’s Trainer, Carmel was a great support to her. Having a Trainer with a wide range of experience in hairdressing allowed Laura and her classmates to learn a lot of additional skills. Read more…

VETIS Student – Olivia Tonks


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. “

 

Where Are They Now? Tamara Giggins


At 22, Tamara Giggins is achieving great things.

In May 2015 she opened her own Hairdressing Salon, Tamara’s Hair Boutique in Wangaratta and hasn’t looked back. The business is going from strength to strength with existing clients booking in advance to secure their next appointment and a 6-8 week waiting period for new clients.

Tamara got her first taste of hairdressing and beauty when she studied Certificate II in Hairdressing in 2010 then Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics at GOTAFE in 2011 while at Secondary School. She discovered a passion for Hairdressing and went on to complete her Certificate II in Hairdressing the following year.

“My cousins were hairdressers and I used to have my hair changed all the time. It looked fun so I thought I would give it a go.”

After leaving school, Tamara was offered an Apprenticeship. Because she wanted to stay in Wangaratta, she studied at GOTAFE every Monday and worked the rest of the week in the Salon. She loved the fact she didn’t have to travel to Melbourne and could learn in her home town with a local Hairdresser. She completed her hairdressing studies and Apprenticeship in 2014.

“I really enjoyed my experience with GOTAFE. The training was challenging as all trades are but I had the best teachers, Liz K and Carmel Cook, to work through my studies and Monica Lockyer with beauty, who is still one of the best teachers out there.”

Tamara has had on-going training with colour companies and other qualified Hairdressers to better her skills and learn other techniques.

“You never know everything, there is always room for more learning as a Hairdresser.”

Tamara believes Hairdressing and Beauty is a very hard industry as you are in people’s faces all the time and always talking.

“It’s not for the faint hearted and you are on your feet for long hours. We are not perfect but if you work hard, make mistakes and learn from them you will be an excellent Hairdresser/Beauty Therapist. Most of all be passionate and have fun.”

Tamara has just taken on a qualified Hairdresser and hopes to employ an Apprentice next year. She wants to give them the best possible experience and start in their career. 

Tamara’s next goal is to expand and move into a new salon next year. Having qualifications in both Hair and Beauty, Tamara says she is able to offer clients more and this has paid off in the long run.

“I could not imagine doing anything else in my life. I love making people feel beautiful and making them feel good about themselves.”

Lady Tradies – Tracey Milthorpe


Tracey first began with a pre-apprenticeship course at Gotafe to see if the Electrical Industry was what she wanted to commit to and with her two children both in school, it was a little easier for her to start full time work.

“I decided to start my apprenticeship as I wanted to do a trade that would keep my mind occupied and something that wasn’t too physically demanding but still had a moderate physical labour aspect and I like to get my hands dirty, so to speak.”

“I really enjoy it and my family and friends are so very supportive.  They love the idea that I’m a ‘sparky’ and that I’m doing something against the odds.”

Tracey Milthorpe is in her third year of study towards a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Having completed her Certificate II with Gotafe, it made sense to continue on from there.

“The teachers are very knowledgeable and supportive and the facilities are great.  Gotafe is where I felt I was most comfortable and I could complete my studies to the best of my ability.”

Tracey believes you have to keep an open mind when working in a male industry.

“I get a few people who look twice as I am female, but generally people think it’s great that I’m out there having a go.  I’m not there to step on anyone’s feet.  I just want to learn as much as I can.”

For other girls who are looking at entering a Technical Trade, she says ‘go for it’ or if you are unsure, do a bit more research before you decide to commit.

“Talk to people, talk to me. There are pre-apprenticeships and other studies available to give you a taste of the industries.  Honestly, you will never know until you try it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are They Now? Bill & Beats Cafe


Growing up Chris was a very fussy eater until at the age of 15, an experience with his Dad at the MCG changed all that.

“My Dad and I were about to have lunch in a corporate box.  Dad said to me, ‘I know you will not like much of the food but at least try it.’  I did and I really enjoyed it.  This gave me the inspiration to pay more attention in my food class at school and to start pursuing hospitality as a career.” Read more…

Students Swapped Their Scissors for Stretches


Get moving and get motivated was the takeaway message from a recent health and wellbeing seminar held at GOTAFE during August.

TEC Hair and Beauty students at GOTAFE’s Seymour, Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses were visited by a representative from POSACTIVITY, Matt Dillon.

POSACTIVITY focuses on physical activity to motive the mind and body. Through a series of simple 30 minute activities, Matt encouraged the students to get moving, he helped them to identify parts of the body that hold tension and gave them techniques to release that tension and negative energy.

GOTAFE Hair and Beauty Trainer and industry representative, Carmel Cook recognised the need to step away from traditional study methods to further motivate the students.

“The students are half way through the study year and have been enthusiastic and committed to their studies but we all know that sometimes it is challenging to see the end goal, especially for some of these students who are juggling study, part-time jobs, social commitments and just being a teenager,” she said.

“We wanted to encourage our students to reach their goals and remind them, whilst the journey to get there will take some effort, the rewards will far out way any negatives.

“We sought the assistance of Matt Dillon from POSACTIVITY because we all know that physical movement has a positive impact on feeling energised and motivated and we want our students to put their best foot forward when entering into related hair and beauty industries.

“The students were also addressed by representatives from GOTAFE’s Skills and Job Hub as well as student services, outlining to students the available support in both job seeking and pathways as well as learning strategies for dealing with life’s challenges.

“Industry representatives also gave accounts of their own learning pathways and journeys as well as valuable insight into industry expectations when entering into the workforce.”

Posactivity has a passion for sharing physical activity sessions which incorporate positive psychology and fun meaningful movement to help people improve their health and wellbeing and optimise their participants life.