GOTAFE CEO fundraising to tackle homelessness

On the 20th June, GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney is joining the fight against homelessness by participating in the 2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

The event will see more than 80 business, community and government leaders sleep without shelter to help change the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness.

Mr Heeney said he was alarmed to hear the statistics for the regions GOTAFE operates in. More than 250 people across the Werribee region were homeless. In Shepparton it was more than 320 people, in Seymour 67 people, Benalla 42 people and Wangaratta 79 people.[1]

More than 4,400 people were living in poverty[2] in the Wangaratta region. In Werribee it was 5,700 people, Shepparton 3,880 people, Seymour 900 people and Benalla 1,300 people.

As business leaders it’s important to do all we can to highlight the plight of the most vulnerable members of our community. Through our actions and fundraising efforts, we hope to help to improve the lives of people who live within our communities.”

The funds raised will assist the St Vincent De Paul Society with projects across Victoria.

Mr Heeney stated “GOTAFE is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment for all, in the communities that we serve. To ensure these principles are embedded in everything we do we are developing a Social Justice Charter to guide and inform our programs and priorities.”

The development of the Social Justice Charter will be guided by a community reference group incorporating a broad range of representatives.

The CEO Sleepout will allow participants to hear first-hand from people experiencing homelessness and experience what some people endure each and every night. “I am sure it will be a very humbling experience.” Mr Heeney said.

This year, Vinnie’s fundraising goal is $1.1 million. Mr Heeney is calling on industry, business, community organisations and individuals to donate to this cause. To help support Mr Heeney’s fundraising please visit

[1] Source: ABS 2016 Census Data –

[2] Source: Victorian Council of Social Service Data –


Victoria’s largest annual student survey

How has your VET course helped you to achieve your goals? This is the question the Victorian Government is asking around 200,000 students in the annual Student Satisfaction Survey.

Students who completed or exited any government-subsidised VET courses provided by registered training providers in 2017 have been sent a survey to complete online, via SMS or by mail. The survey takes under 10 minutes to complete and asks students to share their views on a range of topics including teaching quality, relevance of skills learnt and how training has helped in achieving their goals.

Results from the survey provide valuable insights for course improvements and planning to better meet the needs of future students and deliver qualifications that lead to employment opportunities, not just certificates.

This is the best way to provide feedback about your training experience with GOTAFE, so we encourage you to complete the survey to help us to make GOTAFE an even better place to learn.

GOTAFE will take you there

GOTAFE graduate Loretta King is a public face of a new campaign showing how ‘TAFE will take you there’.

Loretta studied a beauty course at GOTAFE while completing her VCAL at school. She went from head make-up artist for her high school production to retail manager for a leading make-up brand. Loretta now runs her own freelance make-up business, and has film sets in her sights.

Loretta said, “Studying at GOTAFE gave me a head start in my career as I was able to complete my Certificate III in Beauty while doing VCAL in Year 12. My trainers were great. I was always asking questions and they were always happy to answer. I really enjoyed the hands-on work and the creative elements. I didn’t just have my head in a book.”

From today, Loretta’s story, and those of graduates from Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities, will show how quality training at a trusted TAFE can be the key to a great career.

The ‘TAFE will take you there’ campaign brings together Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities under a new united TAFE Victoria brand.

Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities will remain individual institutions, but the new brand gives them a strong collective voice as the centre of the government-funded training system.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney states, “The Victorian Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into TAFE. That’s why we’re endorsing a collective brand of providers – showing the community TAFE can take you anywhere. TAFE isn’t just changing the lives of everyday Victorians – it’s also making sure industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

It’ll help TAFEs promote the hundreds of high-quality, industry linked courses on offer and will show students and industry that TAFEs are government-backed providers, each with their own unique expertise and specialisation.

The new website, also launched today, will feature every TAFE course offered by TAFEs and dual-sector university in Victoria.


New Beginnings At GOTAFE

The TAFE year officially begins this week, with thousands of students preparing to boost their skills at GOTAFE.

GOTAFE offers hundreds of nationally recognised courses for students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, explained GOTAFE Executive Manager for Strategy and Commercial Development, Ken McLennan.

“Our student cohort is extremely diverse, from Year 12 graduates and job seekers to current school students, parents and even grandparents. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone, to a year of new opportunities,” said Mr McLennan.

“This Wednesday, over 830 Year 10, VCAL and VCE students will begin their Vocational Education and Training in School (VET in School) Program across our four main Campuses, plus students studying online from around the state.”

The GOTAFE VET in School Program provides secondary school students with the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited and industry recognised qualification while still at secondary school.

“Students complete Year 10, VCAL or VCE and a VETiS Certificate at the same time, giving them greater opportunities for further study or work and a greater understanding of the field they are interested in.”

“GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university. We have recently introduced a new Apprenticeship in Surf Craft Manufacturing and have a number of exciting new programs in the pipeline that will be announced shortly,” said Mr McLennan.

GOTAFE delivers flexible programs and enjoys a number of partnerships with some of Victoria’s largest Universities including University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Victoria University and La Trobe University and even shares facilities with regional Institutions such as Charles Sturt University and Federation University. These partnerships enable GOTAFE students to receive credit towards further study, providing students with an alternative to direct entry into universities.

There is still time to enrol in courses for 2017, with many courses taking enrolments mid-year and rolling enrolments all year. For a full list of available courses visit or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).

Volunteering sparked a career change to Education

Lyndal McGowan discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school. After some research, she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant. 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. ”

Lyndal McGowan was awarded the Shepparton Campus Community Services Recognition Award in 2015 after successfully completing the Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213).

Since completing her studies at GOTAFE she has been volunteering at Shepparton Christian College and St George’s Road Primary School and working at Wanganui Park Secondary College. In 2016 she was employed at St Georges Road Primary School.

Her positive experience of the training she received sees Lyndal constantly promoting the education support course to her colleagues as well as people in her personal networks, emphasising the benefits it provided to her both professionally and personally.

Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) will be offered in Wangaratta for the first time in 2017.