Passion, practice and patience key to patisserie chef’s success


“With baking, you have to keep learning, by training or practicing,” said Luke. “It’s important to take pride and have passion in what you do. It’s also important to love what you do.”

His advice is sound advice, as he was awarded GOTAFE’s Baking Apprentice of the Year in his last year of study in 2010 and has international experience at a renown Patisserie School in France. Luke attributes his success to his training and trainers at GOTAFE.

“My GOTAFE Baking Trainers were Kim, Steve and Maria, they were really good to me and also inspired me further to become a baker”.

Initially, Luke started his baking career at High School, working part time at Gaffney’s Bakery in Yea. He enjoyed it so much that he started working full time, beginning his apprenticeship at GOTAFE.

Once finishing his apprenticeship at GOTAFE he travelled overseas to France to train for two months at Ecole Nationale Superieure De Patisserie (ENSP). Luke took the view that France is well known for their pastries so why not learn from the best, so after completing his training he moved to Paris, living and working there for six months.

“I didn’t find it too hard to get a job. I was lucky because my boss spoke a bit of English which made it easier if I had any questions.”

Luke is now back in Australia, working at Le Petit Gateaux, Melbourne a patisserie specialising in creative cakes and tarts.

Luke continues to build his career and said he constantly strives for innovation. “Trying to be a bit different from everybody else is the biggest challenge.

“I am always trying to come up with my own ideas and not copying anybody else’s.”

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).

Volunteering sparked a career change to Education


Lyndal McGowan discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school. After some research, she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant. GOTAFE helped me achieve my goal, a career that gave me more time with my family and I am now employed as an Education Support (ES) at a local Primary School.”

“Studying with GOTAFE has seen me overcome my fears, grow in confidence, resilience and self-reliance, these skills helped me to juggle study and family commitments. ”

Lyndal McGowan was awarded the Shepparton Campus Community Services Recognition Award in 2015 after successfully completing the Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213).

Since completing her studies at GOTAFE she has been volunteering at Shepparton Christian College and St George’s Road Primary School and working at Wanganui Park Secondary College. In 2016 she was employed at St Georges Road Primary School.

Her positive experience of the training she received sees Lyndal constantly promoting the education support course to her colleagues as well as people in her personal networks, emphasising the benefits it provided to her both professionally and personally.

Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) will be offered in Wangaratta for the first time in 2017.

Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship 2017


$12,000 Scholarship now open!

Young people starting out in the dairy industry – and those already under way in their farming careers will be offered the chance of a lifetime to give a major boost to their knowledge and skills.

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Applications are open for the $12,000 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship for 2017.  A scheme which seeks to encourage enthusiastic students between the ages of 17 and 45 as they undertake further education related to any sector of the dairy industry.

The Greenham Dairy Scholarship is awarded on a range of criteria including:

  • How the applicant will use the money to improve their skills and knowledge
  • How important the scholarship is to them being able to realise their ambitions
  • Potential benefits to the dairy industry or farm enterprise
  • Previous academic, industry and/or personal achievements

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Applications close 31 January 2017.

Individual support providing a head start into Health


At the end of this month Noah Smyth will have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at GOTAFE’s Benalla Campus.

The six month course exposed Noah to the Health sector. He learnt to care for the elderly and people living with disabilities in the classroom, plus he gained hands on experience during work placement, two weeks of which was spent in a nursing home and one week in Home and Community Care in Benalla. “Placement was a good way to cement what was learnt in the classroom as well as meet people who work in the sector.”

Noah had a really positive experience while studying at GOTAFE.  “The Trainers were engaging and supportive during my studies. The course was enjoyable. We had fun as a group and I have made friends.”

“GOTAFE is a good place to study this course, because they provide a supportive environment and it’s easy to learn, they encouraged us to better ourselves.” Catherine Conrick the Team Leader Operations for Health in Wangaratta says the Certificate III Individual Support course is the ideal start for someone who is interested in a career in Health.”

“It is an entry point for employment and a foundation for future educational opportunities in the health industry including nursing. Health is a growth area both regionally and nationally and a very rewarding career for those who are people orientated.”

In the New Year, Noah will continue his studies at GOTAFE and will be enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing at our Benalla Campus.

GOTAFE is running Information Sessions for Individual Support and Nursing courses on Thursday 12 January 2017 or for other courses visit our website or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Fussy eater to head chef


Chris Buzza was a self-confessed fussy eater until the age of 15, when 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,” said Chris. “This experience gave me the inspiration to pay more attention in my food class at school and to start pursuing hospitality as a career.”

Chris started his hospitality training at GOTAFE as a Year 12 student through the VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) program. Chris also completed a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and in June this year, he opened his own café in Mooroopna, Bill and Beats.

“Opening my own business is something I have wanted to do since I first started out in hospitality. I like the idea of being my own boss and the challenges that it will bring.”

Chris believes you need to get as much experience as you can if you want to be successful in the hospitality industry.

Chris found it very beneficial and gained a lot of experience working with a variety of chefs with different cooking backgrounds, learning new skills, techniques and flavour combinations. He went on to say there is so much in the world of food you can do.

During his training at GOTAFE, Chris did work experience at Golf Clubs, Restaurants, Hotels and even the Army Barracks at Watsonia.

“I really enjoyed my time at GOTAFE. There was quite a bit of variety and it was good to learn from teachers who had worked in the industry for a long time and were very passionate about food.”

He started his apprenticeship at the Shepparton RSL and finished it at the Aussie Hotel.

“I rang the kitchen at the Telegraph Hotel in Numurkah for five years.

“I moved to London for a year which was great experience and then came back to the Telegraph Hotel for another year before taking on the role as head chef at Sebastians Restaurant in Shepparton.”

So much to celebrate


Join us to celebrate 20 years as Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton

To mark this special milestone, we have developed a wall display timelining the provision of education on our Fryers Street Campus since the 1800’s.

We are also taking this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our Horticultural students in developing stage two of our garden upgrade plus showcase the work produced by our Cultural Arts students this year and work developed by our students at the recent World Skills Competition in Melbourne.

You might have noticed a hive of activity at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street Campus as stage two of the garden facelift transforms our Campus thanks to Horticulture and Conversation Land Management students.

The works are being completed under the watchful eye of GOTAFE Horticulture Trainer Robyn Saunders. “The students have designed a concept which offers a more open and welcoming space in front of the campus and Restaurant,” said Ms Saunders. Each stage of the facelift relates to a required unit of competency the students must complete, including ‘Set out site for construction works’, ‘Operate machinery’, ‘Install irrigation systems’ and ‘Implement a plant establishment program’. “As a Trainer it is hugely satisfying to see our students develop such a wide range of skills and knowledge while building this new landscape. It is great to be working on a site which is highly visible, as it gives our students an opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable of firstly designing, then constructing.”

Indigenous students from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus have been involved in a number of programs throughout the year, many of which are a contemporary twist on the traditional. “Indigenous art is evolving and this year’s cultural arts group wanted to reflect that in their pieces. While they displayed a deep respect for traditional forms of indigenous art, they were happy to explore new ways in which to express their cultural heritage and used items such as skateboards and mannequins to create works of art,” said Trainer Robyn Thompson.

The public exhibition will run from 21 November to 25 November at GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, Fryers Street, with a range of student work available for sale.