Delivering More Tafe Training In Northern Victoria


People in Shepparton will be able to access more TAFE training thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus to announce almost $7.5 million to deliver 12 new TAFE courses as well as funding to support GOTAFE’s community services.
More than $4 million will be used to fund new courses to address community needs in growth areas such as agriculture industry expansion and innovation, community services, NDIS readiness and more.
A number of new courses will support Indigenous Australians to access apprenticeships, traineeships and training. In one case GOTAFE is partnering with Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network to provide pathways into telecommunications work.
Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network expects to create 120 new jobs over the next 12 months with 44 in the Hume region available to well-trained Indigenous Australians.
More than $3 million in TAFE Community Service funding will go to a range of GOTAFE community services including support for Skills and Job Centres in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour.
Extra support will also be provided to help boost student’s literacy and numeracy skills as well as creating a supportive TAFE environment for all ability levels and from all backgrounds.
The new courses are being funded through the Regional Specialist Training Fund, which is ensuring students receive high quality training that delivers the workforce skills employers need.
The GOTAFE TAFE Community Service funding boost is part of the Government’s $48.8 million investment across the state to help to give every student the support they need to get the most out of their time at TAFE.
To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“GOTAFE is vital to delivering quality training to people in Northern Victoria – that’s why we’re funding 12 new courses and boosting support for students.”
“This funding means that more people will have access training closer to home and get the support they need to finish their course.”
“The previous Liberal Government spent four years cutting TAFE and closing campuses – we’re rebuilding TAFE to make sure Victorians can get the training the need to get a job.”

GOTAFE Trade Students Set To Power Ahead


Milwaukee Power Tools Australia’s Vocational Training Specialist, Daniel Ventieri today presented GOTAFE Building and Construction Team Leader Jeff Gleeson with an array of new tools and equipment.

The equipment will be a welcome addition to the newly appointed work stations and skill bays housed at the new GOTAFE training site in Archer Street (known as the Goulburn Murray Trades Skills Centre) set to open in the coming weeks.

Building and Cabinetmaking Apprentices, VET in school participants and students undertaking pre-apprenticeships in related streams will have access to the new Milwaukee tools as part of their practical training at GOTAFE.

Mr Gleeson said it was important for GOTAFE apprentices to use equipment reflective of what’s used on site and in the workplace to gain the hands on job ready skills that will set them up to succeed.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Milwaukee as a provider of good quality tools.” he continues. “It means our students will be using the best while learning new skills.”

Mr Ventieri said the introduction of his role, ‘vocational training specialist’ further demonstrated Milwaukee’s commitment to TAFEs and the next generation of tradies. “Visiting TAFEs to deliver tools like this is one of the best parts of my job especially regional TAFEs like GOTAFE.”

“Milwaukee tools shares GOTAFE’s vision of equipping the workforce of today with skills for tomorrow. I know these tools will be put to good use and it’s even better knowing they’re going into a brand new facility which will no doubt produce heaps of good quality tradies for many years to come.”

The Goulburn Murray Trade Skills Centre is an initiative of the Better Together Alliance comprising of GOTAFE and the regions four public secondary schools, McGuire College, Shepparton High School, Wanganui Park and Mooroopna Secondary Colleges.

The purpose built facility was co funded by the Federal government and will provide the perfect learning environment for building and construction and cabinet making students initially with scope to expand delivery in the future.

Leitchville Local Takes Greenham Prize For 2018


Ellie Hodge, 20, of Leitchville, is this year’s winner of the Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship, valued at $12,000.
Keen to keep the momentum up after completing her Science degree, Ellie is in her first year of Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne after being granted accelerated entry into the course.
A classic country story, Ellie is one of three daughters to dairy farmers Cameron and Ann Hodge who milk 400 Holsteins on their Northern Victorian property. The shared experience of lending a hand in the dairy or hand feeding calves had a deep impact on her outlook.
“Mum and dad have always been very open about the challenges of operating a dairy whether it be on-farm efficiencies, the volatility of milk pricing – basically the realities of running a dairy operation.”
“When I was about sixteen, the local vet came out to treat a sick cow and I thought this is pretty cool – and later learnt that I could get paid for it!”
Ellie now looks up to senior Vets and the love they have for their careers. She understands how rewarding it is to treat multiple species of animals and see positive results, particularly in production animals.
“As I have gained more knowledge, I’ve become really interested in the area of animal health in terms of welfare and also production. Unless an animal is in its best condition and its welfare given top priority, it can’t produce to its potential – the two go hand in hand.”
Of particular focus, Ellie is keen to investigate further into areas like dairy cow mastitis and preventative measures to this industry wide issue. “We can look at reducing Bulk Milk Cell Counts (BMCC), improving breeding strategies and tightening up farm practices which can decrease losses associated with the condition.”
“I’m also keen to look further into antibiotic use and the issues surrounding ongoing use and antibiotic resistance,” Ellie adds.
On hearing the news about winning the scholarship – Ellie says she was surprised but extremely happy and was straight on the phone to her dad who said he was very proud of her efforts and application to study.
With the cost of both an undergraduate course and doctor of veterinary science exceeding six figures, the scholarship funding takes some of the financial stress away and Ian Carkeek, Team Leader for Agriculture and Dairy Farming at GOTAFE said, “Elllie has demonstrated outstanding academic capability and outlined her future contribution to the industry really well. Her potential future impact on community and industry will be significant.”
Executive chairman, Peter Greenham, said the scholarship demonstrates company’s long-standing commitment to education, innovation and the Australian dairy industry.
“It’s very important that younger people see a future for themselves in dairy and agricultural production. We have built our business on servicing the dairy sector and we want to see it prosper to help build strong regional communities and local economies,” Mr Greenham said.
Among the criteria considered for the $12,000 prize are personal and academic achievements, the potential benefits and relevance of the chosen study area or career path to the dairy industry (or related industries) and how important the scholarship might be in helping the applicant realise his or her ambitions.
Ellie will certainly be a strong advocate for the Greenham scholarship saying, “don’t think you’re not capable – Just have a go, you’ve got nothing to lose.”

Steamed For A Good Cause


Two senior VCAL students from GOTAFE, Tiahne Ward and Bryce O’Dwyer have taken the lead in running a social enterprise, Dim Sim Wednesdays.
Along with the help of classmates, Tiahne and Bryce are raising funds for the local youth hub ‘The Haven’. 100% of profits are donated to The Haven.
The Haven offers a safe, relaxed space for children and young adults, where they can enjoy a meal, join in activities and receive assistance with their homework.
“We felt The Haven was the perfect organisation to raise funds for; some of our classmates use this service,” explained Tiahne Ward
“It’s such an important place, we want to see it continue to help children and young adults just like us.”
“We’ve been very busy starting the business from scratch and learning heaps of valuable skills along the way. We’re learning about money handling, marketing, designing (students designed the business logo), communications and organisation.”
So far the students have donated over $500 to The Haven, with the aim of raising $1500 by the end of the year.
Dim Sims and cold drinks are available for purchase at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street Campus every Wednesday from 10:00am to 11:30am.

You do have a backup, don’t you?


We’ve all seen the “Don’t click this” and the “Don’t click that” messages, but what if something does happen and you lose all your files, including your family photos or documents you spent hours typing up.

The best thing to do is restore from a backup, you do have a backup, don’t you?

With the ever increasing reports of malicious software or malware in the news it’s important to backup your files. To put it simply: data you don’t have backed up is data you can afford to lose!

It’s easier and cheaper to be proactive and have a backup than to try and recover from a hard drive failure.

There are a few options available, such as a local backup which means you have to copy your data to an external drive such as a USB or hard drive. Typically this is a manual process.

Another option is to use online storage such as Google Drive, One Drive or iCloud to store your files. These options have limited storage capacity, no file versioning and limited recovery of files deleted by either yourself or by malware.

If you have an active internet connection, one of the easiest methods is to use cloud backup such as Carbonite or Backblaze which costs around $6 per month for a single PC. This allows you to backup all your documents, images etc. with unlimited storage and both iOS and Android apps are available so you can access your cloud files whenever you have a data connection.

Having one backup option is a good start but if you can manage to have at least two your data will be more resilient to accidental removal or malware.

By Daniel O’Brien, GOTAFE

GOTAFE APPOINTS NEW CEO


GOTAFE has appointed Travis Heeney as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Heeney, who will take up his new role on July 2, has a strong track record in local government, not for profit and business transformation.

The GOTAFE Board Chair Joanne Dwyer welcomed Mr Heeney’s appointment, which follows recommendations by an independent expert relating to the ongoing delivery of quality education and training in the region.

“Travis has a great understanding of the region, having worked with the Mitchell Shire Council and has the proven experience to oversee organisational change, while building closer relationships with the community,” Ms Dwyer said.

“It was these qualities, which will help make a positive contribution to the culture at the GOTAFE that made Travis stand out in a list of high quality candidates.”

Most recently, Mr Heeney has been contracted to lead business transformation in various regional and metropolitan community focussed organisations, assisting them to achieve their full potential.

Mr Heeney said he was looking forward to working with the GOTAFE organisation over the longer term to build an open and transparent culture, capable of responding to the exciting and evolving landscape of further education both locally and more broadly.

“This is a great opportunity to work with the Board and staff to rebuild the GOTAFE offering, by ensuring we operate collaboratively with government, the community and other stakeholders,” Mr Heeney said.

“Together we will strive to deliver the best opportunities for students and ensure the GOTAFE maintains a prominent and valuable role in the ongoing development of the region.”

Mr Heeney has recently held executive positions with Macedon Shire Ranges Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre and Mitchell Shire Council.

Werribee Biggest Morning Tea


GOTAFE Werribee campus staff and friends gathered on 26 May to show their support for the Biggest Morning Tea.
The Biggest Morning Tea is an event in coordination with Cancer Council Victoria, with all donations going towards the Cancer Council. The donations will go towards funding for research, prevention programs and support services for family and friends of those effected by cancer.
GOTAFE staff Janice Roberts and Karen Davies helped organise this year’s Biggest Morning Tea.
“We were proud to be one of thousands of hosts across Victoria. Together we raised $1,000 for Cancer Council Victoria’s prevention programs, life-saving research and support services.
“I would like to sincerely thank the GOTAFE staff and their families and friends here in Werribee for their generous support of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this May and June”.

Mentoring for Budding Electricians


GOTAFE Electrical Apprentices now have access to a two year mentoring and support program thanks to the National Electrical and Communications Association (NCEA).
NECA, along with the Federal Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) have developed a specific two year Apprenticeship Mentoring Support program for GOTAFE Electrical Apprentices.

A Grade Electrician Adam Waterhouse from NECA, will act as a Mentor for students. Once an apprentice himself, Mr Waterhouse understands the challenges that come along with an Apprenticeship.
“You’ve got your TAFE teachers, your TAFE classmates but other than that you may only have your family to talk to and they might not have an insight into Apprenticeships.
“This program is designed to be an extra resource for Apprentices, someone who understands what it’s like being an Apprentice and who can answer any questions.
“Not all Apprentices make it through to be fully qualified, so hopefully the Mentoring program will assist students to work through the issues they come across during their Apprenticeships”

The NECA Mentoring Program includes:
• developing relationships with apprentices
• personalised meetings
• keeping apprentices informed about opportunities relating to their apprenticeship
• liaison with registered training organisations regarding training
• providing support and advice
• being available to talk to apprentices and trainees about any issues they are having.

As well as providing targeted mentoring and assistance, the mentoring program will support employers, many of whom do not have the time or experience to manage all of the issues that arise for apprentices.

NECA is hoping to see a reduction in the number of students who drop out of their Apprentices halfway through due to stress and other related pressures.
Allan McLean, GOTAFE Electrical Team Leader, believes this program will be very beneficial, not only for students but also the businesses they work for.
“Many of our Apprentices work for owner operators and those folk are very busy and are often time poor. When their Apprentices are at work, it’s the job they are focussed on, not necessarily discussing their day to day progress through the Apprenticeship”

For more information on NECA and the Apprenticeship Support Mentoring program, visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/programs/industry-specialist-mentoring
For more information about becoming an Electrical Apprentice or to find out more about employing one, contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233), visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or email enquiry@gotafe.vic.edu.au

RADD Project


The RADD Project is an important, current and topical piece of Australian youth research about harmful technology use in young people’s relationships.

By way of a brief background, overseas research suggests that harmful technology use in young people’s relationships is highly prevalent, but little is known about its impact.  Published data on the prevalence and impact of these behaviours in young Australian’s relationships, is non-existent.  The RADD project aims to remedy this gap in our knowledge by exploring prevalence and impact in youth in Australia.

The project aims to represent voices of the full spectrum of young people living in Australia, spanning all cultures, urban/regional/rural locations, genders, sexual orientations, and more. More than 250 young people have already completed the survey, but to ensure we understand how harmful technology use impacts the lives of the full spectrum of our youth, the project still needs to hear from more young people living in Australia.

Involvement is easy, 16-24 year olds simply complete an anonymous online survey that takes approximately 15 minutes.

If you’re aged between 16-24, please fill out this important Australian youth survey about technology use in young people’s relationships.  It’s online, anonymous and only takes 15 minutes or so. The questions are easy, and your responses are private and will ultimately help to improve the support available to young people. Feel free to share the survey with your friends too. www.RADD.site

FREE TAFE FOR PRIORITY COURSES


GOTAFE has welcomed the Victorian Government’s budget announcement.

The centrepiece of the Andrew’s Labour Government Budget is Free TAFE for Priority Courses, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.

“GOTAFE is delighted with the Budget announcement in support of high quality public education and the recognition that vocational education and training is an essential investment in the future of our state and our region,” said GOTAFE Acting CEO, Jennifer Oliver.

“This targeted and strategic funding will provide free training for students enrolling in 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses. There are also training places which will support industry and in particular the skills required to support jobs growth in our region and support for our apprenticeships and traineeship delivery including the development of high quality learning materials.

“Our very important VET‐in‐Schools (VETiS) will also receive funding and support for pathways. We very much appreciate this recognition by government of the skills which will equip our students for the future economy. “

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 38 priority courses at TAFE.

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for:

  • An initial 20 priority non‑apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
  • 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre‑apprenticeships)

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will start on 1 January 2019.

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to study tuition fee free in one of the following GOTAFE courses in 2019:

Non-apprenticeship courses

  • Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate II/III/IV in Agriculture
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • Certificate III/IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services
  • Certificate III/IV in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III/IV in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Apprenticeship pathway courses

  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • Certificate II in Glass and Glazing
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Skills and Jobs Centres located at GOTAFE campuses across North East Victoria will continue to play a large part in providing expert advice on training and employment opportunities to those wishing to take advantage of this initiative.

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course details, contact GOTAFE at enquiry@gotafe.vic.edu.au or 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).