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LADY TRADIES | Katherine Sellick 0

katherine sellick2Looking for different opportunities and reliable consistency in the workplace is what inspired Katherine Sellick to go down the path of a Technical Trade career.

“I have had a good response from most people since taking up study this year towards a Certificate III in Plumbing and my family and friends have been really supportive.”

Katherine chose Gotafe because of the known repetition of what comes out of it.

“I personally think it is important to get accredited applied skills in the workplace so that you have a full understanding of what is required and to be up to date in your trade.”

“My job in Wodonga involves working on bases and gutters and through this course I am learning new and practical skills at all the different stages of plumbing which will be beneficial going forward.” Read more

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW | LAURA BELL 0

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Laura never thought that she would own and manage her own business at 21!

Laura was exposed to the hairdressing world at a young age, thanks to her hairdressing Mum. Growing up around the industry made her intrigued to be a part of it and follow in her Mothers footsteps.

Laura started attending the VETis school program in Hairdressing once a week while still attending Secondary School. This allowed her to get an early introduction to the Hairdressing industry.

“The course wasn’t easy. It was full-on, I was working part time, attending school and going to TAFE once a week. Even though it was full-on, it was worth it”.

Laura’s Trainer, Carmel was a great support to her. Having a Trainer with a wide range of experience in hairdressing allowed Laura and her classmates to learn a lot of additional skills. Read more

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VETIS STUDENT- OLIVIA TONKS 0

Liv TonksOlivia Tonks, a year 11 student at Wanganui Park College, is currently studying at Gotafe towards her Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.

Influenced by her Mum and because she likes looking after people, Olivia decided to begin her studies in the healthcare industry as a VET in Schools student this year. Read more

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? TAMARA GIGGINS 0

IMG_5325At 22, Tamara Giggins is achieving great things.

In May 2015 she opened her own Hairdressing Salon, Tamara’s Hair Boutique in Wangaratta and hasn’t looked back. The business is going from strength to strength with existing clients booking in advance to secure their next appointment and a 6-8 week waiting period for new clients.

Tamara got her first taste of hairdressing and beauty when she studied Certificate II in Hairdressing in 2010 then Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics at GOTAFE in 2011 while at Secondary School. She discovered a passion for Hairdressing and went on to complete her Certificate II in Hairdressing the following year.

“My cousins were hairdressers and I used to have my hair changed all the time. It looked fun so I thought I would give it a go.” Read more

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LADY TRADIES- TRACEY MILTHORPE 0

IMG_5469Tracey first began with a pre-apprenticeship course at Gotafe to see if the Electrical Industry was what she wanted to commit to and with her two children both in school, it was a little easier for her to start full time work.

“I decided to start my apprenticeship as I wanted to do a trade that would keep my mind occupied and something that wasn’t too physically demanding but still had a moderate physical labour aspect and I like to get my hands dirty, so to speak.” Read more

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BILL & BEATS CAFE 0

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Growing up Chris was a very fussy eater until at the age of 15, 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.  This gave me the inspiration to pay more attention in my food class at school and to start pursuing hospitality as a career.” Read more

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Students swapped their scissors for stretches 0

Get moving and get motivated was the takeaway message from a recent health and wellbeing seminar held at GOTAFE during August.

TEC Hair and Beauty students at GOTAFE’s Seymour, Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses were visited by a representative from POSACTIVITY, Matt Dillon.

POSACTIVITY focusses on physical activity to motive the mind and body. Through a series of simple 30 minute activities, Matt encouraged the students to get moving, he helped them to identify parts of the body that hold tension and gave them techniques to release that tension and negative energy.

GOTAFE Hair and Beauty Trainer and industry representative, Carmel Cook recognised the need to step away from traditional study methods to further motivate the students.

“The students are half way through the study year and have been enthusiastic and committed to their studies but we all know that sometimes it is challenging to see the end goal, especially for some of these students who are juggling study, part-time jobs, social commitments and just being a teenager,” she said.

“We wanted to encourage our students to reach their goals and remind them, whilst the journey to get there will take some effort, the rewards will far out way any negatives.

“We sought the assistance of Matt Dillon from POSACTIVITY because we all know that physical movement has a positive impact on feeling energised and motivated and we want our students to put their best foot forward when entering into related hair and beauty industries.

“The students were also addressed by representatives from GOTAFE’s Skills and Job Hub as well as student services, outlining to students the available support in both job seeking and pathways as well as learning strategies for dealing with life’s challenges.

“Industry representatives also gave accounts of their own learning pathways and journeys as well as valuable insight into industry expectations when entering into the workforce.”

Posactivity has a passion for sharing physical activity sessions which incorporate positive psychology and fun meaningful movement to help people improve their health and wellbeing and optimise their participants life.

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STEM Expo gives students career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths 0

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Students at Galen Catholic College Wangaratta learnt about potential career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the STEM Expo on Wednesday August 14.

Students learnt about how drones are revolutionising farming and delivery systems from guest speakers and drone pilots. They also met ‘NAO’ the robot as well as SIM Man (pictured here with GOTAFE staff from the Skills and Jobs Centre) and were shown how robots are leading the way forward in Rural Health Services.

STEM stands for;
See the evolution of additive manufacturing technology with 3D Printers at work
Test the skills of the future navigating Sphero Robots through mazes
Experience informal and creative computer technology and coding with CoderDojo
Make a robot walk, talk and think with Lego Mindstorms ev3

The STEM Expo also featured representatives from Australian Defence Forces, Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University and Royal Society of Victoria.

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STRONG INTEREST FOR NATIONAL DAIRY YOUTH CAMP 0

National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp
Young people from across the country have shown strong interest in the upcoming National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp.

With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education, Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.

Ms Galt went on to say the event has had a long history of supporting dairy enthusiasts and said that the event would not be possible without the support of the industry and its sponsors. Read more

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SKILLS AND JOBS CENTRE SUPPORTING LOCALS TO ACHIEVE 0

Tim Batson - Skills Jobs CentreThe new Skills and Jobs Centre at GOTAFE is already kicking goals, having already assisted hundreds of locals to find the right training or career pathway since opening in May.

Tim Batson is just one of their success stories. Tim, who recently completed Certificate IV in Community Services Work (CHC40708), was directed to the Skills and Jobs Centre by a classmate. Now he is working in his dream job thanks to support provided by the Career Advisor Team at the Centre. Read more