GOTAFE Auto Training Wodonga Open Day


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).

Mum of two ‘sparky’ beats the odds


Like many mums, Tracey Milthorpe decided to re-enter the workforce when her two children were both at school. However, Tracey didn’t consider the ‘usual’ return work occupations, choosing instead to commence her career in a male dominated industry.

She enrolled in an electrical pre-apprenticeship at GOTAFE to get a taste of the electrical industry and make sure that it was the profession she wanted to commit to. Tracey is now a third year electrical apprentice, currently completing Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811).

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

“I really enjoy it and my family and friends are very supportive.

“My family love the idea that I’m a ‘sparky’ and that I’m doing something against the odds.

“The Trainers are very knowledgeable and supportive and the facilities are great.

“GOTAFE is where I felt I was most comfortable and where I felt 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 dominated industry.

“I get a few people who look at me twice as I am female, but generally people think it’s great that I’m out there having a go,” she said.

“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,” she said.

“There are pre-apprenticeships and other studies available, they give you a taste of the various industries out there.

“Honestly, you will never know until you try it”.

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.

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…

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Apprentices Dominate at Regional MBA Awards


Two GOTAFE Apprentices have taken out the top awards at Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBA) North East Region Awards event held last Tuesday night.
John Mason won the major award for Outstanding Apprentice for the North East Region, while Nicholas Bateman claimed the Employer Nominated Award.
Both students are nearing the completion of their Apprenticeships, with John Mason employed by The Apprenticeship Factory with Christopher Halsall Builders, Euroa as his host employer and Nick Bateman employed by Harper Morphet Builder in Euroa.
GOTAFE Acting Building & Construction Commercial Manager Andrew McGranahan said the GOTAFE is extremely proud of its students and praised MBA for bringing their awards to regional areas.
“Both John and Nick are worthy recipients of these awards. It is good to see country Apprentices recognised at such a well-respected event, as they tend to slip through the cracks because most events are held in metro areas,” explained Mr McGranahan.
GOTAFE Building & Construction Trainer Russell Thorn has taught both students during their Apprenticeships and in fact nominated John for his outstanding effort.
“Both students have shown they are a step above the rest in terms of their attitude towards the trade.
“John was also recently awarded the GOTAFE Building Apprentice Achievement Award at the annual Trade Awards for his outstanding achievements,” said Mr Thorn.
The MBA Judges described John as ‘honest’, ‘genuine’, ‘passionate’ and ‘dedicated’, words both Mr Thorn and Master Builders’ Careers Manager Jarrod Flanigan whole heartedly agree with.
“John is a credit to himself, his employer and GOTAFE. John’s determination to succeed in his Carpentry Apprenticeship, his willingness to dedicate himself to every facet of building, and his eagerness to learn showed the judges that John has a bright future ahead of him,” said Mr Flanigan.
Mr Flanigan was equally impressed with Nick Bateman. The former Cabinetmaker turned Carpenter believes changing careers was the best thing he has done and is held in high regard by his employer.
“Nick’s experience in Cabinetmaking means that he has an eye for detail and his work is of high quality; he sets quality standards for himself with customer satisfaction in mind.
“Truly worthy of his nomination, Nick is an outstanding Apprentice with a bright future in the building industry,” said Mr Flanigan.
Mr Thorn reiterated Mr Flanigan’s remarks and explained what a difference the right attitude can make on the success of an Apprentice.
“Nick is a mature aged Apprentice with over 15 years’ experience under his belt. The younger students look up to him and respect his opinion so tend to go to him with questions and advice about their work. He has become a mentor and part trainer,” Mr Thorn explained.
Both students are now in the running for the state wide awards that will be announced later in the year.
The MBA Regional Awards are being held across Victoria until May.
GOTAFE offers Apprenticeships in a range of industries including Cabinet Making, Carpentry & Joinery, Engineering, Automotive, Electrical, Plumbing, Commercial Cookery, Baking and Hairdressing. More information can be found at www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).