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Funding to match GOTAFE training with industry needs and jobs

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Two innovative programs at GOTAFE will receive $4.3 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 1300 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries.

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, announced the grants from the Labor Government’s $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund during a visit to the institute’s Shepparton campus today.

The Labor Government will provide $2.4 million to help GOTAFE deliver training that better meets the needs of the region’s growing dairy industry, and $1.9 million to support improved services for young people get a job in the region.

The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund is part of the $350 million funding boost to the TAFE system, delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. This is in addition to the $20 million fast-tracked earlier this year to shore up the finances of seven financially-vulnerable TAFEs.

The Fund will support projects that allow TAFE institutes to provide training that leads to jobs by working in partnership with local industries, including those identified by the Labor Government’s Back to Work Plan to create 100,000 jobs.

Mr Herbert said training offered by these initiatives would also support employers who plan to hire staff as part of the Labor Government’s Back to Work Scheme, by creating more job-ready skilled workers in growing industries.

The Back to Work Scheme provides financial assistance to businesses which hire eligible young people aged 15-24 who have been looking for work for three months or more, out-of-trade apprentices, retrenched workers or someone who has been looking for work for 12 months or more.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert

“TAFEs mean skills and skills mean jobs. We’re supporting GOTAFE to provide more training that gives locals the opportunity to develop the skills they need to get a job in growing industries.”

“This project, part of our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund, demonstrates what can be achieved when Government, TAFE institutes and industry work together to support new jobs across the Goulburn Valley.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes

“This $4.3 million Andrews Labor Government investment will support GOTAFE to deliver more training that will lead to jobs in growing sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on the growing dairy sector and helping young people get a job.”

“GOTAFE provides first-rate skills and training to our local young people and community.”

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Mid-Year Enrolments are closing soon

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GOTAFE is now accepting mid-year enrolments, but hurry, courses start this July.

Cant find the course you are looking for, contact our Customer Service Centre 1300 GOTAFE (468 233)

 

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GOTAFE announces Outstanding Students of the Year

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GOTAFE acknowledged the Outstanding Students of the Year on Wednesday 13 May at an Excellence Awards Luncheon.

The awards were presented to four Outstanding Students of the Year for Benalla, Wangaratta, Seymour and Shepparton campuses and are as follows;

Benalla Campus Outstanding Student of the Year – Ashley Merbach. Successfully completed the Diploma of Theatre Arts

Wangaratta Outstanding Student of the Year – Lisa Campbell. Successfully completed the Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation

Seymour Campus Outstanding Student of the Year | Overall Institute Outstanding Student of the Year – Bethany Mugford. Successfully completed the Certificate III in Children’s Services

Shepparton Campus Outstanding Student of the Year | VTA Trainee of the Year Nominee – Kerrilyn Bassett. Successfully completed the Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

The students were nominated by their teachers and underwent an interview process to discover the an outstanding student for each campus. The four students come from diverse learning areas which is a strong reflection of the breadth or training available at GOTAFE.

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Careers Day Out a success

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The 2015 Careers Day Out held on Thursday 30 April was a great success said Careers Day Out Event Coordinator and GOTAFE Marketing and Events Officer, Emily Hamilton.

“Careers Day Out attracted more than 1500 students from local secondary school as well as students who travelled from surrounding towns including Seymour and Kyabram and even as far as Southern News Wales to gain career, employment and study information in one central location,” said Emily.

“Attendees were able to gain career, employment and study information in one central location.

“The 4pm to 6pm session, which is only in its second year, offered an opportunity for the general public to access job seeking tips, career advice and training options, this year our attendance numbers tripled in comparison to 2014.

“The event also attracted a record number of 70 exhibitors, we even had people ringing up after the event saying they drove past the Showgrounds on Thursday and want to be involved next year.

“Now in its 17th year, Careers Day Out continues to grow, diversify and expand its offerings each year to cater to the local community’s needs.

“The CDO committee is confident the event will continue to evolve and will continue to be a key career event, providing a diverse range of pathways, education options, careers and employment opportunities available within the Goulburn Valley region and beyond.

“Planning has commenced for next year’s event, for anyone interested in being involved in 2016 you can visit www.careersdayout.com.au or contact myself on 03 5833 2530.”

The event was open to regional secondary school students from 9am to 3pm as part of their usual school program and the general public could attend from 4pm to 6pm, entry during the public session is free.

Each year the event provides school students, their parents and job seekers with access to more than 60 exhibitors from educational providers to defence force representatives as well as local business owners all in one place.

The Careers Day Out has a strong focus on work readiness, providing students and job seekers with practical activities to prepare them for employment including resume writing workshops, mock interviews, professional panel Q & A sessions, job seeking tips and general information on employment and training opportunities.

For over 17 years the annual event has provided more than 1,800 secondary school students with the opportunity to discover the diverse range of careers, education, pathways and employment available within the region.

Visit www.careersdayout.com.au for more information

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New Study Centre to improve participation in education

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The Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, a collaboration between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE), will be officially opened on Friday 1 May 2015.

The Centre will be opened by The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, alongside CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and GOTAFE Chief Executive Officer Paul Culpan.

Construction of the $7.2 million centre was completed in late 2014 and funded by the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the shared facility is designed to improve higher education outcomes in regional Australia.

“The Wangaratta Regional Study Centre aims to improve higher education participation and attainment by increasing students’ access to world class tertiary education infrastructure and teaching,” Professor Vann said.

GOTAFE’s CEO, Paul Culpan sees great potential in this development for the Hume region which currently has a low tertiary education participation rate.

“The development of educational pathways for regional students is fundamental to supporting our local communities and industry,” Mr Culpan said.

“This development in Wangaratta consolidates both our organisations’ commitment to improving skills and learning, and provides a real opportunity for our region to flourish.”

Academic collaboration and partnerships between CSU and GOTAFE have developed in recent years, aligned to the strengths of both institutions in regional education.

“Expanding the University’s existing partnership with GOTAFE to build effective pathways to higher education for regional Australians is helping to build sustainable regional institutions and communities,” Professor Vann said.

“A highlight of the partnership between CSU and GOTAFE is the successful development of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, an integrated course which had its first intake this year and has been very positively received by industry and students.”

The courses offered through the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre include Agricultural Business Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Wine Business, and Veterinary Technology. Additionally, credit packages are available to GOTAFE graduates from a range of Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses who progress to a CSU bachelor degree.

The Centre is located on Tone Rd, Wangaratta, and was designed by Brewster Hjorth Architects and built by Joss Constructions.

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Careers Day Out – Thursday April 30

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Deciding what to do after school can be a big decision for Secondary School Students and for job seekers and career changers, entering the workforce can be a challenging process, so it helps to have all the options available all in one place.

The 2015 Careers Day Out to be held on Thursday 30 April at the McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds will provide regional students, their parents and job seekers with a range of exhibitors from educational providers to defence force representatives as well as local business owners all in one place.

Careers Day Out Committee Member and GOTAFE Event Officer, Emily Hamilton said that a key focus for the organisers was to create an event that has a broader appeal within the local community, saying she is confident the event has something to offer everyone.

“Careers Day Out has something to offer not just school leavers but career changers, job seekers, those returning to earning and parents can also attend after work to gather information and support their children’s study ambitions and dream career paths without having to travel to Melbourne,” said Emily.

“Attendees will have opportunity to attend panel sessions to hear from potential employers, employment agencies, and Centrelink about the opportunities and assistance available.”

“Its free to attend, its local and the extended hours enable greater accessibility for the general public to attend.”

Again in 2015, Careers Day Out will have a strong focus on work readiness, providing students and job seekers with practical activities to prepare them for employment including resume writing workshops, mock interviews, professional panel Q & A sessions, job seeking tips and general information on employment and training opportunities.

For over 10 years the annual event has provided more than 1,800 secondary school students with the opportunity to discover the diverse range of careers, education, pathways and employment available within North East Victoria. The event will be open to students from 9am to 3pm as part of their usual school program and the general public can attend from 4pm to 6pm, entry during the public session is free.

For further information please visit www.careersdayout.com.au or contact GOTAFE (468 233)

Contact: Emily Hamilton, 03 5833 2530

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Student achievements recognised at graduations

GOTAFE students formally celebrated the successful completion of their respective courses at graduation ceremonies held during March.

Almost 400 graduands from GOTAFE’s various campuses were formally presented with graduation certificates along with some of their fellow classmates. The ceremonies were also attended by family, friends and GOTAFE staff to support the student’s achievements.

The students completed courses in a number of study fields including educational development, business, information technology, community services, health and nursing, hair and beauty, hospitality, learning skills and multicultural education during 2014.

The graduation ceremony also recognises students who demonstrated outstanding achievement during their course;

  • Centre Achievement Award for Health & Nursing – Caroline Albers
  • Centre Achievement Award for Community Services (Aged Care) – Susan Bender
  • Centre Achievement Award for Community Services (Children’s Services) – Bethany Mugford
  • Centre Achievement Award for Multicultural – Gideon Nyangela
  • Centre Achievement Award for Health & Nursing – Suzanne Sherr
  • Centre Achievement Award for Health & Nursing – Melanie Stone
  • Centre Achievement Award for Performing and Theatre Arts – Ashley Merbach
  • Centre Achievement Award for Health & Nursing – Emma Brooke Morrison

Guests and students also had the opportunity to hear from Daniel Flynn, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou Group, a business venture he founded at just 19 years of age. The Thankyou Group has donated in excess of $1,000,000 to provide clean drinking water, health and hygiene projects and short term food aid to those in need by donating the profits from the sale of Thankyou products.

Daniel spoke to the students about his experiences, inspiring them to pursue their passion even through the setbacks and the triumphs that come hand in hand with new business ventures, he also challenged them to question ‘the way things have always been done’ to find new and innovative approaches to achieving an successful outcome.

GOTAFE delivers vocational education and training to almost 20,000 students annually with a number of campuses across North East Victoria, the Goulburn Valley, across Victoria and increasingly interstate with a large number of courses being offered online.

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GOTAFE students offer a taste of Harmony

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GOTAFE staff and students are set to attend events across the region in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week, March 14-21.

Cultural Diversity Week celebrates the harmony Australia has achieved in our short history and for fifteen years, these celebrations have been capped off with Harmony Day. ‘Taste of Harmony’ events are held nationally as a fun way for communities to share their culture and food. On Friday, March 20 students from GOTAFE’s Multicultural Education Unit are hosting such an event with ‘a taste of the world’ offered in exchange for a smile.

From family oriented community days at the local park to loud and proud ‘walks to recognition, Cultural Diversity Week events provide an opportunity for all to express and celebrate their culture and faith. The theme for Cultural Diversity Week in2015 is Strengthening our Community.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 46.8% of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas. Our diversity then, underpins our way of life in Victoria. It creates a more productive, creative and dynamic society and improves our ability to see and connect with the world around us.

If one thing unites such diversity, it is food. So, join us under the sails at our Fryers Street campus in Shepparton on Friday 20th March from 12pm – 1pm for a taste of Harmony.

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Senator visits GOTAFE to discuss educational opportunities in India

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GOTAFE General Manager for Education, Margie Fixter, met with Senator Bridget McKenzie at the GOTAFE’s Docker Street Campus, Wangaratta to discuss her recent visit to India.

Ms Fixter was part of a 400 -strong delegation that travelled to India to investigate opportunities in agricultural trade, education and training expertise with a focus on Dairy. Specifically she shared her learning in regard to educational opportunities with Senator McKenzie.

“Senator McKenzie and I have had a long running professional friendship. We are both passionate about expanding educational opportunities for our community, also we both understand the importance of pursuing international agricultural opportunities, especially from a regional perspective to promote diversity and growth,” said Ms Fixter.

“I was overwhelmed by the interest in vocational education in India, and I shared with Bridget my surprise and pleasure at the sheer strength of demand for Dairy education, especially in rural Indian communities.

“For GOTAFE that demand opens up the potential to extend its services in vocational education into international agricultural markets.

“I am always interested in looking at how other countries run their businesses and how other educational providers operate in a rural setting. Indians really value agriculture, and interestingly 70% of milk production is undertaken by local co-operatives – people in villages who have just one to two cows.

“Bridget and I also share a passion for India and its people. It was emotionally quite moving to come to understand how much the local communities contribute to milk production, and therefore the agriculture industry, dairy farming and education is a real vehicle for social change in India.”

Margie went on to say that the other 30% of milk production comes from medium-sized enterprises with perhaps 50 to 100 cows, and that just a few very large corporate farms exist.

The delegation was part of a trade mission to observe what Australian services could offer to Indian farmers. The partnership between GOTAFE and NCDE enabled Margie to attend in order to share her learnings with the GOTAFE community and beyond.

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GOTAFE Launches Online Certificate III in Production Horticulture

GOTAFE, in partnership with Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine, have announced the launch of an online Certificate III in Production Horticulture course at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA2015), being held in Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates. The GOTAFE Certificate III is the first Australian accredited Production Horticulture course to be offered online to overseas participants. The online course is particularly aimed at owner/managers and farm hands employed in the greenhouse horticulture industry.

“A key element to the success of sustainable food production, to feed a growing global population, is relevant training programs,” said Steven Carruthers, Publisher and Managing Editor of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine.

“Over the next several years and decades, the demand for high-quality, nutritious food will grow, as will the importance of training programs to ensure successful food production outcomes.

Mr Carruthers added that Australia is noted for its clean, green image, and the GOTAFE online courses reflect Australia’s high standard in greenhouse horticulture production.

“Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses is proud to support the GOTAFE series of certificate courses, which are stepping stones to higher education including, but not limited to, university training where graduates can specialise in horticultural interests,” said Mr Carruthers.

An innovative feature of the GOTAFE online courses is the adaptability of the training platform, which can be modified to meet individual horticultural interest and activities. Its editing features ensure training programs remain up-to-date.

“The great thing about the platform we are using is that we can quickly edit the content; add links to articles; add new information; and, keep it relevant and up-to-date,” said Leigh Taig, the principle trainer, Controlled Environment Horticulture, at GOTAFE.

Mr Taig said that training programs such as the GOTAFE series of online courses will fill a gap in the international horticulture training market, with affordable courses conveniently accessible to growers and farm hands, wherever they are located.

“Although there are no admission qualification requirements for the Certificate III in Production Horticulture course, participants should have basic literacy and numeracy skills and be employed or seeking a career path in a relevant horticultural business,” said Mr Taig.

On completion of the online Certificate III in Production Horticulture, graduates will be able to maintain hydroponic systems, implement a plant nutrition program, install irrigation systems, operate fertigation equipment, implement a propagation plan, collect and record production data, operate/maintain machinery and equipment in a workplace-based environment, and co-ordinate work site activities, among other on-farm activities.