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.

GOTAFE Student Named Apprentice of the Year


The Apprenticeship Factory held its annual Apprentice of the Year awards event last night at the GV Hotel, Shepparton. GOTAFE Apprentice Kain Loveday was announced as the 2016 Barry Franklin Apprentice of the Year.

Fourth year Electrical Apprentice Kain Loveday studies at the GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus and is employed by Roy Lopez Electrical in Alexandra.

Described as a highly valued student, The Apprenticeship Factory have been impressed with his attitude towards his work.

“He is prepared to work long hours and is willing to assist his employer in any way he can.”

Having now completed his A grade exams, Kain would like to complete a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

With over 8 categories of awards presented and 24 Apprentice’s vying for the major award, the event showcased the achievements of Apprentices from across the region.

GOTAFE is proud to sponsor this event and congratulates all involved.

It’s All Coming Together For The National Dairy Youth Camp


Young people from across the country are preparing to venture to Tatura Park in early January for the National Dairy All Breeds Youth Camp 2017.

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

During the five day Camp, participants will develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technology. Each participant will learn how to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.

Each year the event focusses on a particular theme. The theme for this camp has just been announced, Animal Health and Welfare, a follow on from last year’s theme Nutrition.

“Participants also learn judging, showing and clipping skills, take part in team activities and also peer judging of each other’s showmanship,” explained Ms Galt.

“Participants will develop their confidence in handling dairy Heifers, discuss breeding and new technology. Each participant is supplied with a Heifer and will learn how to care for the animal in the lead up to competition day”.

Holstein Australia is having a classifier attend the event who will be teaching the participants the structure of a cow and advise them on what judges are looking for when they are in the ring.

As the event is running in Tatura, Tatura Milk has organised a private factory tour for the camp. This is a great opportunity for participates to see a fully functioning Dairy factory operate.

“We would like to thank International Dairy Week and Dairy Australia for their support and significant contribution to the event, the supporters, volunteers and John Maher for donating his time to discuss show ethics. Our Major Sponsor, the Dairy Beef Alliance, Team Sponsors ABS Australia, Genetics Australia, Alta Genetics, Profit-a-bull and SEMEX. We would like to thank each of these organisations for their very generous sponsorships because without Sponsors the Camp can’t run.”

To register your interest in attending visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/youthcamp or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999. Register before October 30 to be in the draw to win a GOPRO.

GOTAFE Manager In Running For Boss Of The Year Title


GOTAFE General Manager Margie Fixter has been shortlisted for Boss of the Year Award for Australia & New Zealand.

Nominated by her Executive Assistant, Ms Fixter is described as a hard-working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is admired by all.

“Margie goes above and beyond. She has been instrumental in streamlining GOTAFE’s government and audit requirements. This year she spearheaded our latest project, opening two brand new Skills and Jobs Centres, enabling people to have greater access to job and training opportunities,” explained Anne-Marie Greenway, GOTAFE Executive Assistant.

“Margie is ultimately the most supportive boss I have ever had. She has opened up doors for me and encourages me to grow in my career.

“She has developed a system of hand-written ‘thank you’ notes which she sends to employees across the Institute, it’s fantastic to see them displayed with pride. Margie’s opinion is highly sought after within the Institute and I consider myself extremely lucky to be her EA.”

The GOTAFE General Manager for Education for two years, Ms Fixter is based at the Wangaratta Docker Street campus. Ms Fixter holds Masters Degrees in Public Management and Arts, Level 2 Coaching and is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. She has had a long career in the TAFE sector in Victoria and NSW and is passionate about people, superior leadership and lifelong learning.

Ms Fixter is a big believer in work-life balance and has enjoyed travelling to remote places around the world, including climbing mountains in Nepal and backpacking around India.

Ms Fixter is up against five other Finalists from across the country for the prestigious Boss of the Year title. The gala awards ceremony held by ExecutivePA Magazine will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in Sydney.

GOTAFE would like to congratulate Margie on her achievement and wishes her all the best.

For more information about the award visit www.executivepa.com.au

GOTAFE Manager Named Finalist In 2016 Wurreker Awards


 

The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) has announced their 2016 Award Winners, with GOTAFE Marketing Manager, Larissa Falla, a Finalist for the Public Sector Employee Category.

The annual Awards recognise and celebrate achievements of students, trainers, training providers and employers who have achieved outstanding results in their areas of knowledge and expertise.

Mrs Falla joined fellow finalists from across the state for a ceremony at the Aborigines Advancement League in Melbourne on Thursday 13 October 2016.

“I’m honoured to be nominated and shortlisted as I know there are a lot of deserving people out there doing great things within community.” she said.

A GOTAFE employee for 10 years, Mrs Falla has risen through the ranks from Trainee to managing the Marketing and Creative Services team at GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus. Originally from Tropical North Queensland, Mrs Falla belongs to the Dulguburra Yidinji people, she moved to the Goulburn Valley while at secondary school and has raised her three children among Koorie culture.

Nominated by Natasha McCormick, GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Learning Skills Unit and the Centre for Koorie Education, the application highlights Mrs Falla’s involvement in the community, contribution to the improved performance of the organisation and the work she has done to increase cultural awareness among GOTAFE staff and students.

“Larissa is a well-respected Manager at GOTAFE and her views on cultural matters are highly regarded and regularly sought when planning the future activities of GOTAFE,” explained Ms McCormick.

“She is a firm believer in the importance of using education, training and employment as building blocks for the success of young Indigenous people. As an Indigenous woman in a managerial role, she is a role model for many.”

The Awards hope to provide an inspiring example of the potential of Indigenous people and communities.

For more information about VAEAI or the Wurreker Awards visit www.vaeai.org.au/education

Lady Tradies | Katherine Sellick


Looking 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.” Read more…

Where Are They Now | Laura Bell


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…

VETIS Student – Olivia Tonks


Olivia 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.

Six months into her studies, Olivia believes that the VETis course through Gotafe is providing her with the skills and knowledge she needs to give her the headstart to enable her to continue down the career path in health care.

“This course has opened my opportunities up widely and helped me to understand things better. We have week about in the classroom and on placement at Goulburn Valley Health. I love that it is both hands on and theory so that it does not get boring.”

So far this year, Olivia has experience placement in Maternity involving special care nursing, Orderly, Dental and Medical Imaging.

“I am really enjoying this course.  There is a wide range of people and we all get on nicely and that makes it a joy to go to class.  I would highly recommend this Gotafe course to anyone who is interested in entering into a career in the health care industry.”

“When I finish my year 12 at school, I plan to study Division 2 Nursing at Gotafe then furthering my studies at University.  I would like to specialise in the area of paediatrics. “

 

Where Are They Now? Tamara Giggins


At 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.”

After leaving school, Tamara was offered an Apprenticeship. Because she wanted to stay in Wangaratta, she studied at GOTAFE every Monday and worked the rest of the week in the Salon. She loved the fact she didn’t have to travel to Melbourne and could learn in her home town with a local Hairdresser. She completed her hairdressing studies and Apprenticeship in 2014.

“I really enjoyed my experience with GOTAFE. The training was challenging as all trades are but I had the best teachers, Liz K and Carmel Cook, to work through my studies and Monica Lockyer with beauty, who is still one of the best teachers out there.”

Tamara has had on-going training with colour companies and other qualified Hairdressers to better her skills and learn other techniques.

“You never know everything, there is always room for more learning as a Hairdresser.”

Tamara believes Hairdressing and Beauty is a very hard industry as you are in people’s faces all the time and always talking.

“It’s not for the faint hearted and you are on your feet for long hours. We are not perfect but if you work hard, make mistakes and learn from them you will be an excellent Hairdresser/Beauty Therapist. Most of all be passionate and have fun.”

Tamara has just taken on a qualified Hairdresser and hopes to employ an Apprentice next year. She wants to give them the best possible experience and start in their career. 

Tamara’s next goal is to expand and move into a new salon next year. Having qualifications in both Hair and Beauty, Tamara says she is able to offer clients more and this has paid off in the long run.

“I could not imagine doing anything else in my life. I love making people feel beautiful and making them feel good about themselves.”

Lady Tradies – Tracey Milthorpe


Tracey 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.”

“I really enjoy it and my family and friends are so very supportive.  They love the idea that I’m a ‘sparky’ and that I’m doing something against the odds.”

Tracey Milthorpe is in her third year of study towards a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Having completed her Certificate II with Gotafe, it made sense to continue on from there.

“The teachers are very knowledgeable and supportive and the facilities are great.  Gotafe is where I felt I was most comfortable and I could complete my studies to the best of my ability.”

Tracey believes you have to keep an open mind when working in a male industry.

“I get a few people who look twice as I am female, but generally people think it’s great that I’m out there having a go.  I’m not there to step on anyone’s feet.  I just want to learn as much as I can.”

For other girls who are looking at entering a Technical Trade, she says ‘go for it’ or if you are unsure, do a bit more research before you decide to commit.

“Talk to people, talk to me. There are pre-apprenticeships and other studies available to give you a taste of the industries.  Honestly, you will never know until you try it.”