VCAL Art Exhibition at William Orr Barn

VCAL and ASHE students have been extremely busy cleaning and organising the barn at our William Orr Barn located in Shepparton in preparation for an art display, and to showcase activities and study undertaken throughout the year.

This event celebrates the awakening of this magnificent building, and to view the wonderful work and studies being undertaken by the VCAL and ASHE students.

Anyone can be creative

GOTAFE has launched their latest series of flexible short courses designed for art enthusiasts.

“Anyone can draw and be creative. Drawing and painting is a skill that can be taught and learned like any other activity,” explained GOTAFE Trainer Leonie Partridge.

For many years GOTAFE has provided a hub for local artist to meet, learn and exchange ideas. Many of the younger graduates have gone onto establish their own business.

“Former student Holly Tunstall is a great example of where art and design can take you. Holly now runs a successful design company in Melbourne after studying both certificates in Visual Arts and Design at GOTAFE. Another graduate Kate Gorman has made a name for herself as a successful practicing artist exhibiting regionally and regularly in Melbourne. We love staying in touch with our students, watching them grow and succeed,” said Ms Partridge.

“Portrait painting is one option where you can learn to capture family members and those magic moments. The course begins with the basic structure understanding and goes through to the application of a range of expressive paint techniques. Beyond plain air looks at a fresh approach to capturing the magic of selected north east locations such as the Warby’s, Winton Wetlands and the Ovens River,” explained Ms Partridge.

‘It’s all about meeting the community needs. Arts training like everything else needs to be flexible and timely.

“We want to offer flexible courses to allow people who are interested in art to pursue their passion further. Students may not have the ability to study full time; this new program allows them to study while they continue with their day job or while still seeing to their other interests and commitments. You might only be interested in completing one or two of these short courses, or you may choose to link them together to achieve a full qualification. Either way is possible.”

‘We have fantastic rooms and facilities. It’s a great opportunity for people to focus on a project and gain access to equipment that they may not have at home or in their own studios. It’s important that the community continues to access and to use these facilities.”

For more information visit our website, or call us on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

Shepparton campus students recognised for achieving goals

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.

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.

$5.3 Million for GOTAFE to Boost Learning Support


Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus to announce $5.3 million to boost support for vulnerable students.

The funding, from the Labor Government’s $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, is a boost for vital programs that support disadvantaged locals to access training and support, including its Literacy and Numeracy support program.

With this extra funding, GOTAFE expects the program to be expanded from helping 150 students in 2015 to around 4,000 students.

The extra students will receive additional support from GOTAFE, focusing on their literacy and numeracy skills. One of the main reasons students drop out of training is a lack of foundation knowledge, and this program will help vulnerable students finish their training so they have the best start in life.

“TAFE’s across Victoria help disadvantaged students access training and job opportunities and this funding will help improve support for them,” said Minister Herbert.

Mr Herbert also opened Shepparton’s Skills and Jobs Centre today, which will be the first point of call for employers looking to take on an apprentice, students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing support to re-enter the workforce.

“In coming weeks we will also be opening our Wangaratta Skills and Jobs Centre,” said GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.

“These Centres will then also support outreach services to other towns in our region.

“The Skills and Jobs Centres will be a one-stop-shop for job seekers to undertake skills assessments and career counselling to ensure that they are directed toward the training they need to meet the skill needs of local industries.”

New Skills & Jobs Centre Launched in Shepparton

Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon Steve Herbert launched the brand new Skills and Jobs Centre in Shepparton today.
This Centre is one of a network of Skills & Jobs Centres currently under development at TAFE’s across the state including Wangaratta and Wodonga in the North East. Each of the centres are tailored to meet the needs of their local communities and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services.
The new Centre, located at the Corio St entrance of GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus, has been developed thanks to $1 million in funding received from the Andrews Labor Government awarded to GOTAFE in November 2015.
The Centre is a one-stop-shop for job-seekers looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing guidance for retraining, explained GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
“We are thrilled to launch the Shepparton Skills and Jobs Centre. It will provide the first point of call to get expert skills assessment, career advice and training opportunities,” said Mr Culpan.
“Our Skills and Jobs Centre will eliminate confusion about where to get help about undertaking training or how to re-skill in a new industry.”
“By engaging more strongly with industry, the Skills and Jobs Centre will also develop a better understanding of skill gaps in the region, to which training solutions can be developed.”
Mr Culpan said GOTAFE recognises that strong industry links are vital in boosting outcomes for students to make sure they get a job after they finish training.
“GOTAFE is proud to be part of the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley communities. We work closely with local schools and are very proud to be a signatory on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Better Together Alliance made up of Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and McGuire Secondary College.”
“We have also been working to strengthen our partnerships with industry, most recently with Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The GOTAFE and Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative MOU partnership aims to engage the major health and aged care providers in the Greater Shepparton region to participate in a workforce development initiative with a primary focus on upskilling and creating opportunities for indigenous healthcare workers.
“The health and aged care sectors are major growth industries across the Hume region and are facing significant skill and capacity gaps which this MoU seeks to address.”
GOTAFE will open the doors to the brand new Wangaratta Skills & Jobs Centre on Friday 8 April.