Claire Taylor , GOTAFE Events, Tourism and Hospitality Trainer is working with the Certificate III, and Diploma of Events students to create an ongoing project which will raise awareness around the charity, Share the Dignity, who provide free access to sanitary and personal care items for the many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters.
“We have developed a project involving the students at different levels that will enable them to create, organise, and follow an event from start to finish that has positive outcomes for the community at large and the students as well.”
The statistics show that 44% of homeless people are women, which equates to over 85,000 women that need our help. Homelessness, poverty, unemployment and domestic violence – these are just a few of the reasons why women are forced to choose between buying food or sanitary items. This is not okay.
“The student’s project started in March and will continue to go through until November. There are two main drives for sanitary items being held in April and August, and another drive for a project called #itsinthebag that will be ongoing until November. The #itsinthebag drive culminates close to Christmas time, and encourages people to donate an unused handbag full of goodies for women who wouldn’t normally be able to afford to buy these products. These bags are distributed amongst local charities for Christmas.”
It’s easy for anybody to get involved and donate to Share the Dignity.
“We have four main campuses at GOTAFE in Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta where the public are able to come in and donate throughout the year. They can drop off sanitary items, shampoo, conditioner, little trinkets, hair brushes, deodorant, toothbrushes and anything else that would be appropriate to make a women in need feel better about themselves.
“The drop off boxes at each campus will usually be situated within the main reception area, and the public can come in and donate whenever they are able. The students would like to get people thinking about this charity when they are out shopping, and if you are buying these items for yourself, buy something extra to put into the drop off box.”
“It’s such a worthwhile cause, and a great way to be able to show the students that an event doesn’t always have to be about making money. It can be about raising awareness and making a difference, which is what we are hoping to achieve this year.”
GOTAFE celebrated the success of their students last night with an Awards Recognition Ceremony held at the Parklake Hotel in Shepparton. The event recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2016 within the Services sector including Business, IT, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation, Community Services and Health.
Three students were awarded Outstanding Student Awards for successfully completing their studies:
- Outstanding Business Student, Stephanie Bell, Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)
- Outstanding Health Student, Sarah Trevena, Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612)
- Outstanding Community Services Student, Rylie Kerambrun, Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
GOTAFE Executive Manager for Services Industries, Louise Pearce, was excited to catch up with the students to find out where their training has taken them.
“We are excited to see these newly qualified students enter the local workforce and use their skills to better the community. GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university.”
This event is one of a series held throughout the region this March.
GOTAFE will commence delivery of Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) for the first time in Benalla next month. They are also seeking expressions of interest for people looking to study at their Wangaratta Campus.
The course, commencing in April, is the key to unlocking a career in Education Support. The 10 month course will be delivered two days per week in the classroom plus a further one day per week of practical work placement, explained Course Coordinator, Jo Fasano. “This course is ideal for someone who is looking to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. Interested participants will need to have a good understanding of literacy and numeracy because this is where students need the most support. They will also need to have a sense of fun, the ability to multitask and be able to see things from multiple perspectives.”
“We have been delivering this course from our Shepparton Campus for a number of years, with students progressing onto work as Teacher’s Aides, Education Support Workers, Special Education Assistants, Home Tutors and Literacy Support Workers.”
Ms Fasano has been delivering the program from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus for four years and has countless examples of how it has transformed the lives of her students. Single mother Brooke Coming turned her life around through Education Support. “When she started with us she lacked confidence but throughout the course we saw her grow and thrive; she has just landed her very first job. We are so thrilled for her.”
Graduate Angela Dirretto used Certificate IV in Education Support as an alternative pathway to higher education. She is now studying teaching at the Australian Catholic University. “Education Support is an ideal career for people with young families who are looking to return to the workforce. The majority of jobs in this field are based in schools and are part time, so are ideal for working parents.”
Last year Certificate IV Education Support graduate Lyndal McGowan received the GOTAFE Outstanding Community Services Student. “Lyndal, a former Nurse, discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school,” said Ms Fasano.
“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant,” explained Ms McGowan. “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.”
GOTAFE has been working closely with Wangaratta’s Centre for Continuing Education (The Centre) to develop formal pathways and credit transfers for students who have already completed Certificate III in Education Support.
Classes commence 27 April 2017, with student interviews commencing 17 March 2017.
For more information contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or click here to register to attend an information session.
Rachael Barnes was one of the fortunate young dairy enthusiasts given the opportunity to attend the National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp in Tatura, Victoria earlier this year.
The five day camp allowed participants to develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technologies. Each participant learnt key skills to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.
Rachael came to the camp with an interest in learning more about dairy cattle and making new friends. Fortunately for Rachael that’s exactly what she got out of the camp. “The National All Breeds Youth Camp has been the best camp I have ever been to! I enjoyed my time there very much and gained heaps of new skills I didn’t know. Meeting so many new people was good and engaging in people’s previous experiences was really intriguing as each one was different.”
After Rachael left school she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She’d always had an interest in children and making them smile so decided to enrol in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. “This allowed me to keep studying and gain a qualification whilst not losing my writing skills or my ability to learn new things.”
Rachael now has a full time job in the childhood industry and really enjoys it, but she can’t escape her love for cows. Growing up on a family dairy farm was what sparked Rachael’s interest in cows. “I loved helping with the calves each morning and night”.
When Rachael was at school she joined the Dairy Show Team. In the team she showed Dairy cattle at local and other big shows. “I am still showing with them and thoroughly enjoy it as I can educate the younger students of what I have learnt, whilst still being able to interact with the cattle. Our team is purely run by volunteers using their own money and we are forever grateful for the opportunity they give to us.”
Rachael is happy where her life is heading. “My advice to others is if you are considering a career or have an interest in the dairy industry, I highly suggest you attend the Youth Dairy Camp. Also if you love Dairy cows and want to learn how to care for them, then this is the camp to go to. Not many people are given these opportunities and you can gain so much in just five days. You can develop networks with people in different jobs and meet so many new people.”
GOTAFE celebrated the success of their students last night with an Awards Recognition Ceremony held at the GOTAFE Seymour Campus. The event recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2016 within the Services sector including Business, IT, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation, Community Services and Health.
Danni Thompson was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for successfully completing Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113). GOTAFE Community Services Team Leader, Mary Katsoutas, describes Danni as diligent, persistent and professional. “Danni came to us from a completely different industry. She set a high precedent and always strived for a high level work. A stand out student.”
Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612) student Fiona Dowling was also recognised, awarded the Outstanding Student Award for Health. “It was a privilege to teach such a student who demonstrated such commitment to her studies and goals. Fiona was an outstanding student who participated in classroom discussion regularly and demonstrated that the skills and knowledge gained in class were well performed in the workplace,” explained GOTAFE Health Team Leader, Andrea Steele. “Fiona definitely matured over the course duration and demonstrated her dedication and commitment to providing the best care possible, going that extra mile to achieve satisfaction not only to her clients but for herself in what she achieved.”
GOTAFE Executive Manager for Services Industries, Louise Pearce, was excited to catch up with the students to find out where their training has taken them. “We are excited to see these newly qualified students enter the local workforce and use their skills to better the community. GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university.”
This event is one of a series held throughout the region this March.
Last week GOTAFE’s Hairdressing Department received one of the industry’s highest ticks of approval when it was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by the Australian Hairdressing Council.
Awarded in recognition of Educational Leadership, GOTAFE joins a select group of accredited registered training providers (RTO’s), one of just three TAFE providers in Victoria.
“The Accreditation process focuses heavily on benchmarks set by industry. They were looking for the highest quality training by industry relevant Trainers, and we have come out on top,” explained GOTAFE Partnership Engagement Manager Kate Storer.
The Australian Hairdressing Council Director of Education and Training, Wendy Blair, conducted the Accreditation for GOTAFE at the end of 2016 and cannot speak more highly of the Institute.
“GOTAFE is amazing and are some of the best advocates for industry that I’ve seen in a government institution. Their staff know what industry want; they are fantastic people in the right job.”
Along with Educational Leadership, GOTAFE was assessed against six additional standards to achieve accreditation:
- Standard 1: Educational Leadership
- Standard 2: Recognition – offering recognition for in-salon and product company training
- Standard 3: Communication and Industry Engagement
- Standard 4: Training and Assessment Resources
- Standard 5: Currency of Staff – Hairdressing skills and VET knowledge and skills
- Standard 6: Salon Design, Operation and Clients
- Standard 7: Environmental and Social Responsibility
“GOTAFE engages well with community, and importantly, their training meets the business needs of local salons. You can be confident that GOTAFE graduates are well trained and well prepared to meet the needs of industry now and into the future. It’s a great win for industry.”
GOTAFE joins The Gordon Institute of TAFE and Federation University as the only accredited RTO’s in Victoria.
GOTAFE are now accepting Hairdressing Apprentice enrolments. For further details visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).
GOTAFE has partnered with a number of organisations and universities to create more options for students to obtain higher qualifications. Specifically the partnership with La Trobe University provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a diploma and a degree in one package.
Dual Enrolment enables students to co-enrol into a diploma and degree at the same time – offering students a streamlined pathway to gaining both qualifications. Students gain the flexibility of either:
• completing a diploma and entering the workforce or
• continue studying and graduate with both a TAFE diploma and a La Trobe University degree.