A boost for GOTAFE in Seymour

Today the Victorian Government announced a 2.54million commitment to upgrade facilities if re-elected.  Welcomed to GOTAFEs Seymour campus by GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney, Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Gayle Tierney was accompanied by Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes and Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton.

The project will establish multipurpose integrated teaching facilities and flexible learning spaces, with interactive technology and e-learning, supporting local students and helping to meet key learning and increasing student numbers in key areas of skill shortage in the region.

These state-of-the-art learning spaces will support GOTAFE to partner with industry and universities to further develop educational pathways and programs to launch further training within the community. The upgrade of facilities will also include student amenities and upgrades to staff offices.

CEO Travis Heeney speaks of the importance of this announcement. “As the largest TAFE in regional Victoria, GOTAFE plays a vital role in preparing this region with a highly skilled workforce. Today’s announcement represents a critical juncture for GOTAFE and signals a new era in confidence and direction from the state government.”

“We are seeing a consistently high demand for training in both the Diploma of Nursing and in the Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services. The growth in demand for these areas of study is unprecedented, with the right facilities and teaching resources we are well placed to meet this demand. These committed funds will allow our students to learn in a replicated work environment, using the equipment and facilities they will need to excel in the workplace.”

GOTAFE to remain as Goulburn Valley League Major Sponsor until 2022

We are excited to announce our partnership as major and naming rights sponsor of the Goulburn Valley League has been extended for four more years.

Football clubs harness the collective energy of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and supporters to not only deliver sport and social activities for members, but for their respective communities. They provide an environment for personal growth, education and team work.

GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney said “Football and Netball clubs are the backbone of many regional communities within our footprint. GOTAFE certainly has an active interest in the league, with many of our students, apprentices, staff members and graduates as loyal members of the clubs within the league. It made complete sense for us to continue the partnership with GVL.

“The GVL is a fantastic fit for our organisation, as they mirror many of GOTAFE’s values. At a club level, as well as a league level, the GVL have a positive view on the role of lifelong learning. This continued partnership allows GOTAFE to communicate with our local community and to interact with our audiences in an authentic way.”

GVL Chairman, David Roff, believes the partnership is a great step forward for the league.

“The GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League is now a well-established brand in the region and GOTAFE has been a wonderful partner to the Goulburn Valley League so we are thrilled to continue the relationship with them in this new deal.

“We are excited about the opportunities for cross promotion and other joint activity” he said.

Who will be crowned Apprentice of the Year?

Finalists for this year’s Victorian Training Awards will be feeling the nerves ahead of tomorrow night’s event at Palladium, Crown. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and businesses that train them.
GOTAFE features in this year’s Victorian Training Awards with the following named as Finalists:
• Apprentice of the Year Award Finalist – Matthew Shipard, Engineering
• School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year- Sophie Babycz, Business

Visit the VTA Awards website to view the Finalist profiles:

We are crossing our fingers for back-to-back wins for the Apprentice of the Year. Jeremy Connell, our talented Engineering Apprentice took home the title last year and represented Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in 2017.

Watch Jeremy’s Story:

About the Awards:
This year’s Awards feature 13 categories including awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers all taking centre stage. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year will feature again this year.
Employer awards, including the employer award for Apprenticeship Development, recognise the key involvement of businesses, small and large in the continued development of training and skills programs in Victoria. Finalists include Capital S.M.A.R.T, Gforce Employment Solutions and Transport Accident Commission and Nazareth Care.
Now in its 64th year the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training and TAFE system, showcasing innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers.
Individual, employer, small and large training provider categories winners will go on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards on 24 November 2018.

Brand New Opportunity in Aged Care

GOTAFE and Shepparton Villages are excited to announce a new partnership to deliver high quality training in Aged Care to the Goulburn Valley.

Thanks to funds provided by State Government’s Regional Specialist Training Fund, brand new training opportunities are now available.

Delivered onsite at Shepparton Villages, Certificate III in Individual Support students will be exposed to 2 days per week of training over nine months, explained GOTAFE Partnership Engagement Manager Susan Huffer.

“Our population is ageing which means demand for qualified workers. Research by McCrindle suggests we need to add over 129,000 workers Australia-wide in the next 10 years, or over 2,055 per month*, which means you’ll never be without a job in the Aged Care Industry,” explained Mrs Huffer.

“This program has been specifically designed to encourage people to enter the aged care workforce in a supported environment and provide pathways to further education and employment opportunities.”

Shepparton Villages is currently undergoing significant expansion, with the new 120 bed $34 million Maculata Place nearing completion. The building is on track for completion with current timelines suggesting residents will be moved into the new facilities in November.

“It is our aim to involve new students in the move as much as possible. We want them to feel part of the team from the very beginning,” said Shepparton Villages CEO Kerri Rivett.

“We would like to encourage people with a caring disposition to take up this unique offer and find their purpose within the Aged Care industry.

“We have staff here who began as Trainees 20 plus years ago and have moved through the Village to find their place and sense of purpose, with many now running departments. We are committed to providing ongoing support for our employees to undertake further training in areas including Enrolled Nursing, Leisure and Health or Ageing Support. This industry truly has a place for everyone.”

More than $4 million was announced last month when the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited GOTAFE. Funding will be used to provide 12 new courses to address community needs in growth areas such as agriculture industry expansion and innovation, community services, NDIS readiness and more.

“GOTAFE is vital to delivering quality training to people in Northern Victoria – that is why we are funding 12 new courses and boosting support for students,” said Minister Tierney.

“This funding means that more people will have access training closer to home and get the support they need to finish their course.”

The first intake of students will commence in Term 4 this year, with further intake opportunities planned in 2019. Students who demonstrate excellence in their training after the first 12 weeks may be offered employment with Shepparton Villages.

To apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support program, contact Susan Huffer at GOTAFE call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or email shuffer@gotafe.vic.edu.au.

Engineering New Opportunities for Benalla

Aspiring engineers are invited to an information session at GOTAFE to discover opportunities available through a new workplace based training program.

Thanks to funds provided by State Government’s Regional Specialist Training Fund, brand new training opportunities are now available in the Benalla region, explained GOTAFE Partnership Engagement Manager Kate Storer.

“We’re working with local businesses to provide job candidates with workplace experience and training through the Certificate II in Engineering,” explained Mrs Storer.

“All of the businesses we’ve spoken to about the program have been very supportive. A number are actually desperate for skilled workers such as Welders. Everyone is very keen to support the local job market.”

The 12 week training program based in Benalla will offer students an insight into working in this industry. Three weeks of work experience is being provided by local businesses.

“Students will be given the basic skills they need so they can hit the ground running, whether that be through continued employment with their placement provider or when they progress onto a full Apprenticeship.”

“Each student will be mentored by our team along the way and fully supported through their learning experience.”

The first intake of students will commence in September. Students who demonstrate excellence in their training may be considered for permanent employment or potentially pathway into manufacturing or other trades.

More than $4 million was announced last month when the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited GOTAFE. Funding will be used to provide 12 new courses to address community needs in growth areas such as agriculture industry expansion and innovation, community services, NDIS readiness and more.

“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,” said Minister Tierney.

“This funding means that more people will have access training closer to home and get the support they need to finish their course.”

If you would like to participate in this exciting project and help sustain the Benalla workforce for the future please contact Kate Storer at kstorer@gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 0400 611 465. To register for the upcoming information session held on Monday 13 August 2018 from 4pm to 5pm at GOTAFE Benalla visit http://www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/event/engineering-benalla-4pm-13-august/

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