Grow Your Business Through Training


Studies show that staff are more likely to work harder and stay longer with employers who have provided them with a start to their career.
The recent McCrindle Report, prepared for the Skilling Australia Foundation, shows VET Graduates and Apprentices have positive and energising effects on incumbent workers.
Nick Bertoli from Bertoli Farm Equipment currently employs five Agricultural Mechanical Apprentices and sees the value in giving young people a chance at a career in his industry.
“They need to have a keen work ethic to start
with, be enthusiastic and want to learn. As long as they can show a bit of initiative and try their best, that’s all you can ask for out of anyone,” explained Mr Bertoli.
“The GOTAFE Trainers that I had when I was an Apprentice were absolutely fantastic. They were easy to get along with and had all been in the industry themselves so they knew what they were talking about.”
Apprenticeships and Traineeships may not suit every business, take Project Management for example. Damien Watson completed GOTAFE’s Diploma of Project Management (BSB51415) while working in the industry in order to validate his skills.
“I was working as a Project Manager but didn’t have the relevant qualifications. This course gave me the theory and the official title to progress in my field.”
Attending class one day per month for 12 months provided Damien with the skills to better implement plans and procedures into his business and provide better service to clients.
The research speaks for itself:
“When compared with employment outcomes for university graduates, VET continues to produce superior results and has proven itself to be a more flexible, accessible and adaptable platform for educating and skilling Australians than University education,” said Skilling Australia CEO, Nicholas Wyman.
GOTAFE offers over 250 courses including industry specific short courses. Visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) to find out more.

Donated engine to enhance Automotive practical skills


This engine was generously donated by Steve Bell of Mansfield Crushing after it was replaced in one of their mobile screens, Mansfield Constructions Pty Ltd, commenced operations in 1989 under the name of Steve Bell Earthmoving. Specialising in civil contracting works, Steve Bell Earthmoving quickly grew from a one-man operation to employing over 30 local staff and operating 25 pieces on plant.

In 2000, Steve Bell Earthmoving diversified its activities with the purchase of Mansfield Pre Mix Concrete. This included several quarry sites and changed its trading name to Mansfield Constructions.

During the next seven years Mansfield Constructions Pty Ltd continued to expand its quarrying and mobile crushing divisions and in 2007 made the bold decision to sell the civil contracting and the concrete divisions and focus future activities on quarrying, sale of quarry materials and contract mobile crushing and screening, including processing of hard and green waste.

In 2007, over 5 million dollars was spent on the acquisition of additional mobile plant, enabling the company to continue expanding and undertake a more diversified range of contract crushing works.

Mansfield Constructions sold the Mansfield quarries in 2013 to E B Mawson & Sons which saw the primary focus turn further towards mobile contract crushing and dry hire. Mansfield Constructions also operates an earthmoving and quarry support division.
In 2014, Mansfield Constructions Pty Ltd changed their trading name to Mansfield Crushing to better represent the company’s primary focus.

Mansfield Crushing Pty Ltd now operates four mobile crushing and screening crews as well as the earthmoving division. Mansfield Crushing has an extensive list of earthmoving equipment and crushing & screening plant, enabling it to provide a wide range of services and produce a diverse range of quarry materials, including Gravels, Sands, Aggregates and many more.

This equipment will be a valuable tool used to enhance the practical skills and knowledge of apprentice diesel mechanics completing their training at GOTAFE. This equipment will give our apprentices the opportunity to get hands on experience while complete a variety of practical tasks on a modern Caterpillar diesel engine. From the time the engine arrived at our workshop it has been put to good use with our apprentices given the task of designing and building a suitable engine stand and setting it up as a training engine in line with the practical task requirements of their training package.

Click here to learn more about GOTAFE’s Automotive programs.

More than 70 GOTAFE apprentices employed at BF Panels


Since the early 80’s, B.F. Panels, one of the largest workshops in the Albury region have employed more than 70 GOTAFE apprentices. Recently, Mark Capito scored a Panel Beating apprenticeship with the family owned company.

Production Manager Reg Corbitt said every year he approaches GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Automotive Mark Ward for potential apprentices.

“Each year we employ an apprentice panel beater and spray painter, most of them have been through GOTAFE,” said Reg.

“So since the 80’s that means we have employed at least GOTAFE 70 apprentices, that’s a lot of young people who have been given a start by us.

“We have always had a good relationship with GOTAFE, in particular Mark Ward who is respected by industry and the apprentices and his background trade is spray paint so has industry experience, a good reputation with in the industry and always backs the apprentices he recommends.

“We have recently put on Mark Capito, who completed his Cert II Paint & panel pre-apprentice training in Wodonga at the Wodonga Secondary College and came recommended by Mark.
“Its early days but he is doing well, he is very enthusiastic, he has the right attitude, work ethic and is eager to learn.

“In one week alone we can have at least 50 cars put through the repair process, so for our 30 odd employees and especially our apprentices like Mark they get to work on a large variety of repairs each creating their own challenges and learnings.

“We have a points base pay system where our workshop staff have the opportunity to do more hours to earn more points, so the harder they work the better their opportunity to earn more money on top of their base salary, of course it’s all depended on output.

“I think Mark will do well on this system as he is already showing some good skills and the right aptitude to problem solving.”

Mark was almost a qualified carpenter before he made the switch to a Panel Beating apprenticeship and he is glad he did.

“I am currently a first year apprentice, employed by B.F. Panels,” said Mark.

“I completed a pre-apprenticeship with GOTAFE to see if I liked the automotive trade and from that Mark put my name forward to B.F. Panels when they were looking for an apprentice.

“B.F Panels were really welcoming when I first started, there are really good people here, it’s a good, safe environment to work in.

“It’s a family run business which is what I like and they make it work well, with Mark a spray painter by trade and Scott a panel beater.

“They trust you to do a good, quality job and work out the problem yourself but there is always someone I can ask, they have people on the lookout for you to make sure you do the job right and that is great to have that support and backup.

“It’s a big business and there are new cars in every day, so I am always working on something new and presented with a new problem to solve everyday.

“They also use water based spray paint which is better for the environment and better for those that use it so that was important to me.”

Mark works full-time and completes one week block training at GOTAFE, a total of seven during the year.

Completing a pre-apprenticeship like Mark, gives students essential trade skills so that if they land themselves an apprenticeship they already have good basic knowledge of the trade, it also gives the students a good opportunity to see if that’s what they want to do as a career.

GOTAFE is now offering mid year intake for paint and panel out of Wodonga Secondary College and also at its Wangaratta Campus. Contact us to learn more.

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).