ANMF Student Nurse Awards

GOTAFE Nursing student, Saskia Gargan has won the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Outstanding Student Award for completing her studies in Diploma of Nursing (HLT51612) at the Benalla campus.
The ANMF Awards night is an annual event that recognises the individual academic achievements of nursing students across the education and training sector.
It acknowledges nursing and midwifery excellence and promotes further education and improved patient and client outcomes.
GOTAFE trainer, Rebecca Guy described Saskia as a very hard working determined student who was the obvious choice to win the award.
“Whilst juggling family life Saskia displayed at all times focus and determination in completing all that was asked of her to the best of her ability, within specified timelines and always of a very high standard. Saskia took great pride in all that she presented to us. In addition to this the way in which Saskia both conducted herself and communicated highlighted that she has all of the necessary attributes to make a wonderful successful nurse.”
Saskia has had encouragement from her trainers at GOTAFE to pursue further studies as they feel she will have great success it whatever she does.
“Saskia was an absolute pleasure to have as a student here at Benalla and we are very proud of all that she has achieved, and we wish her all the very best in all that she undertakes in her future nursing career.”

World Skills Regional Competition Winners

Congratulations to all those students who competed at the Regional World Skills Competition run by GOTAFE

Callum, World Skills Project Officer would like to thank all the staff who made the World Skills Regional Competition such as success.

Overall there was 146 students registered to participate in the 15 World Skills Competitions in the Central Victoria Region from July through to September.

The winners are;

Autobody Repairs 

GOLD, Kane Ives employed by Cobbers Coach Works
SILVER, Dylan Starkey employed by Albury Autobody Repair
BRONZE, Zaker Gulzari employed by Woollards Auto Body

Automotive Body Repairs World Skills Contestant

Special thanks to Brett Bevan, Anthony Coleman and Wayne Greskie.

Automotive Mechanics

GOLD, Perrin Larke, employed by Delatite Ford
SILVER, Shaun O’Dwyer, employed by MTA Automotive
BRONZE, Phillip Barr employed by Swan Hill Toyota

World Skills Regional Competition held at Wangaratta Automotive Workshop

Special thanks to Tim Kohn and Garry Russell.

Beauty Therapy
GOLD, Ella James, TAFE Student
SILVER, Riley Waldron TAFE Student
BRONZE, Courtney Mackinnon TAFE Student

World Skills Beauty students medal winners and Trainer Monique Lockyear and Project Officer Callum Ross

Special thanks to Sonia Vincitorio, Monica Lockyer and Vicky McDonald.

GOLD, Kyle Winter Irving from the Apprenticeship Factory
SILVER, Patrick Bourke employed by Bourke Builders Pty Ltd
BRONZE, Jacob Ludbey employed by Mark Evans

World Skills Carpentry finalists
Special thanks to Russell Thorn and Lindsay Moore.

Construction Steel Work
GOLD, Brendan Witnish employed by Alexandra Stainless
SILVER, Hayley Johnson, employed by McDonald Marine and Industrial Pty Ltd
BRONZE, Michael McFadzean employed by Trevaskis Engineering

World Skills Gold Medal Winner Brendan Witnish with Alexandra Stainless colleagues and GOTAFE Trainer
Special thanks to Stephen Foster, Vinnie Molluso and Owen Beckham.

Electrical Installation
GOLD, Shaun Davis employed by Watters Electrical
SILVER, Otis Lanyon employed by Stahl Electrical
BRONZE, Joseph Brooks, via CVGT

World Skills Regional Winner Shaun Davis with Employer Watters Electrical and GOTAFE Trainer Darren Cook
Special thanks to Darren Cook.

GOLD, Hannah Wilson TAFE Student
SILVER, Macey Gattuso TAFE Student
BRONZE, Brielle Dojcsak TAFE Student

World Skills Bronze Medalist Brielle Dojcsak
Special thanks to Liz Kleinboonschate, Sue Egan, Carmel Cook and Rosa Mandaradoni.

Heavy Vehicle
GOLD, Todd Butler employed by Twin City truck Centre Pty ltd
SILVER, Mark Williams employed by Mick Hogan Excavations
BRONZE, Sam Cunneen employed by Komatsu Forest Pty Ltd

World Skills Bronze Medalist Sum Cunneen with Employers and GOTAFE Trainer Russel Forster
Special thanks to Russell Forster and Tim Hearn.

Read the Newspaper Print Story here

Landscape Construction
GOLD, Andrew Rothacker via ATEL
SILVER, Keiran Fennessy employed by Phoenix Plumbing
BRONZE, Hayden Muir employed by T&M Plumbing

GOLD, Max Tittensor via ATEL
SILVER, Patrick Keating employed by Phoenix Plumbing
BRONZE, James Gledhill employed by T&M Plumbing
Read the Newspaper Print Story here

World Skills Plumbing participants

World Skills Plumbing Gold Medalist Max Tittensor

Special thanks to Greg Kerr and John Sgarioto.

Retail Baking Bread
GOLD, Ethan Cootes employed by Beechworth Bakery, echuca
SILVER, Linette Moore employed by Elmore Bakery
BRONZE, Kara Seymour employed by Albury Bakery

World Skills Retail Bread Baking Participants
Special thanks to Kim Banfield and Stephen Pinnuck.

Retail Baking Pastry
GOLD, Ezra Kullu employed by Taste Tempters Pty Ltd
SILVER, Kyla Wagner employed by Beechworth Bakery, Echuca
BRONZE, Kara Seymour employed by Albury Bakery

World Skills Retails Baking Pastry Gold and Silver Medalists
Special thanks to Kim Banfield and Stephen Pinnuck.

Vehicle Painting
GOLD, Kyle Little employed by Chris Lowen Smash Repairs
SILVER, Muhammed Al-Amirtaha employed by Freers Panel Works
BRONZE, Shane Davies employed by Maskells Customs & Classics

World Skills Vehicle Painting Silver Medalist Muhammed Al-Amirtaha employed by Freers Panel Works
Special thanks to Mark Ward and Anthony Coleman.

VETiS Construction
GOLD, Jacob Boyd employed by Marist College Bendigo
SILVER, Caleb Flood employed by Marist College Bendigo
BRONZE, Kaleb Henery employed by Marist College Bendigo


VETiS Hairdressing
GOLD, Josephine Laulu Seiuli from Notre Dame
SILVER, Haley Knight from Nathalia Secondary
BRONZE, Maycie Villani from St Augustines College

World Skills VETiS Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists Josephine, Haley and Maycie with GOTAFE trainers
Special thanks to Brittany James and Cath Fox.

Womens Health Awareness Week 13-16 June

The second week in June will see the launch of GOTAFE’s inaugural ‘Women’s Health Awareness Week’. The week will feature a series of activities including a Yoga Class facilitated by Aquamoves, a bake sale prepared by GOTAFE Hospitality and Baking students, a lunchtime walking group, Health Seminar presented by GV Health and prizes donated by GOTAFE’s Hairdressing & Beauty Salon.

  • 13 Tuesday June: Aquamoves Yoga Class 1-2pm
  • 14 Wednesday June: GOBake Sale 1-3pm
  • 15 Thursday June: Walking Group 1-2:30pm
  • 16 Friday June: GV Health Seminar & Raffle Draw 10:30am to 12:30pm

The week was initiated by GOTAFE Hospitality Teacher, Anita McFarlane, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Ms McFarlane kick-started the idea in May by chopping off her hair alongside her sister Valerie Low and niece Yolanda Low. Their hair was donated to the Variety Charity to make wigs for sick children.

Ms McFarlane would like to use her experience with breast cancer as a way of encouraging women to prioritise their health.
“As women we are often so busy caring for the needs of our family and friends that we often overlook our own health. Unfortunately, because I did this, I now find myself in a challenging situation,” said Ms McFarlane.

“Being aware of Women’s Health issues is important for everyone in the community. Partners, children, friends and family members should remind the women in their lives to have regular health checks.

“If it wasn’t for my husband nagging me to get a check-up, things could have been a lot worse. So I have that to be thankful for.”  Ms McFarlane has set up a donation page, with all proceeds going to the Goulburn Valley Breast Cancer Special Purpose Fund, operated by GV Health, Shepparton.

GOTAFE’s Women’s Health Awareness Week is open to the public. For updates please visit the GOTAFE Facebook page.

2017 Victorian Training Awards Now Open

Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

Nominations close midnight, Friday 16 June.

Visit the official VTA page here.

GOTAFE will be submitting entries in a number of the organisational categories.
If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, send an email to

GOTAFE Auto Training Wodonga Open Day

From February 2017 GOTAFE will be offering training in automotive courses from our Wodonga training centre.  This includes:

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Agriculture Mechanical Technology
  • Certificate III in Outdoor Power Equipment Technology

We encourage business owners and managers to attend our upcoming open day to enable you to make a fully informed choice about your apprenticeship training.  On the day you will be able to meet our trainers and check out our state-of-the-art training facility. Open day details:

Date: Wednesday 25 January, 2017
Time: 12 – 6pm
Location: Motorsports Training Australia – Logic Centre 45 Albertson Road, Barnawartha North

Please book your place for a tour by contacting Mark Ward via 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

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 or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999. Register before October 30 to be in the draw to win a GOPRO.

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

STEM Expo Gives Students Career Pathways in Science

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

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…