Who will be crowned Apprentice of the Year?

Finalists for this year’s Victorian Training Awards will be feeling the nerves ahead of tomorrow night’s event at Palladium, Crown. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and businesses that train them.
GOTAFE features in this year’s Victorian Training Awards with the following named as Finalists:
• Apprentice of the Year Award Finalist – Matthew Shipard, Engineering
• School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year- Sophie Babycz, Business

Visit the VTA Awards website to view the Finalist profiles:

We are crossing our fingers for back-to-back wins for the Apprentice of the Year. Jeremy Connell, our talented Engineering Apprentice took home the title last year and represented Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in 2017.

Watch Jeremy’s Story:

About the Awards:
This year’s Awards feature 13 categories including awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers all taking centre stage. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year will feature again this year.
Employer awards, including the employer award for Apprenticeship Development, recognise the key involvement of businesses, small and large in the continued development of training and skills programs in Victoria. Finalists include Capital S.M.A.R.T, Gforce Employment Solutions and Transport Accident Commission and Nazareth Care.
Now in its 64th year the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training and TAFE system, showcasing innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers.
Individual, employer, small and large training provider categories winners will go on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards on 24 November 2018.

GOTAFE Trade Students Set To Power Ahead

Milwaukee Power Tools Australia’s Vocational Training Specialist, Daniel Ventieri today presented GOTAFE Building and Construction Team Leader Jeff Gleeson with an array of new tools and equipment.

The equipment will be a welcome addition to the newly appointed work stations and skill bays housed at the new GOTAFE training site in Archer Street (known as the Goulburn Murray Trades Skills Centre) set to open in the coming weeks.

Building and Cabinetmaking Apprentices, VET in school participants and students undertaking pre-apprenticeships in related streams will have access to the new Milwaukee tools as part of their practical training at GOTAFE.

Mr Gleeson said it was important for GOTAFE apprentices to use equipment reflective of what’s used on site and in the workplace to gain the hands on job ready skills that will set them up to succeed.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Milwaukee as a provider of good quality tools.” he continues. “It means our students will be using the best while learning new skills.”

Mr Ventieri said the introduction of his role, ‘vocational training specialist’ further demonstrated Milwaukee’s commitment to TAFEs and the next generation of tradies. “Visiting TAFEs to deliver tools like this is one of the best parts of my job especially regional TAFEs like GOTAFE.”

“Milwaukee tools shares GOTAFE’s vision of equipping the workforce of today with skills for tomorrow. I know these tools will be put to good use and it’s even better knowing they’re going into a brand new facility which will no doubt produce heaps of good quality tradies for many years to come.”

The Goulburn Murray Trade Skills Centre is an initiative of the Better Together Alliance comprising of GOTAFE and the regions four public secondary schools, McGuire College, Shepparton High School, Wanganui Park and Mooroopna Secondary Colleges.

The purpose built facility was co funded by the Federal government and will provide the perfect learning environment for building and construction and cabinet making students initially with scope to expand delivery in the future.

Werribee Biggest Morning Tea

GOTAFE Werribee campus staff and friends gathered on 26 May to show their support for the Biggest Morning Tea.
The Biggest Morning Tea is an event in coordination with Cancer Council Victoria, with all donations going towards the Cancer Council. The donations will go towards funding for research, prevention programs and support services for family and friends of those effected by cancer.
GOTAFE staff Janice Roberts and Karen Davies helped organise this year’s Biggest Morning Tea.
“We were proud to be one of thousands of hosts across Victoria. Together we raised $1,000 for Cancer Council Victoria’s prevention programs, life-saving research and support services.
“I would like to sincerely thank the GOTAFE staff and their families and friends here in Werribee for their generous support of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this May and June”.

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 marketing@gotafe.vic.edu.au

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 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.