GOTAFE trainers attend PD workshops during April

Pictured: GOTAFE Trainers Anne Leavette-Brown and Amanda McInnes with guest facilitator Shauna Farey.

During April, GOTAFE teaching staff had the opportunity to attend one of 10 on campus professional development workshops. The workshops were an initiative of the team responsible for the Educators Passport.

Interim Executive Director of Education Louise Pearce said: “The aim of the professional development workshops was to assist teachers to continue to develop their VET knowledge and skills to meet the unique features of VET education and its students.

“The workshops were held on campus during the school holidays to give staff the best opportunity to attend, 198 registrations were received for the three days which is a wonderful result.

“We had three fantastic facilitators Andrew Douch, Karen Dymke and Shauna Farey all with educational backgrounds, who ran the workshops at Shepparton, Wangaratta and Benalla campuses.

“The workshop topics ranged from Determining competency of students to Using Apps to facilitate learning and Creating a dyslexia friendly classroom.

“We are thrilled with the success of the workshops, the fact that we offered them in convenient locations for staff and that each workshop provides credits to staff for their Educator Passport is contributing to the competency and development of teaching staff.”

Further workshops will be offered during May.

GOTAFE students access world-leading technology

An almost $170,000 synthetic human has made the long trip from Florida to Benalla – to benefit students studying Health & Community Services courses at GOTAFE.

The human anatomy technology model, which was developed by American company SynDaver Labs, was purchased with funding from the Victorian Government’s Regional and Specialist Training Fund (RSTF).

A Sectra Table, which is an interactive learning and teaching tool that uses real anatomy and clinical cases to develop critical thinking in critical training was also purchased through RSTF grant funding. This will be used for all applications across the health educational sector.

The RSTF program supports training for specific skills in regional and specialist areas that are not being met by the current training market.

GOTAFE’s interim education executive director, Louise Pearce, said GOTAFE was fortunate to be the only registered training organisation in Australia to have the SynDaver resource. “We are also the first VET training organisation to utilise a Sectra Table in our training programs. Up until now, it was a resource only available in university degree programs.”

“Our students will benefit enormously from being able to learn with the anatomy model and the interactive workstation,” said Ms Pearce.

The SynDaver Anatomy Model is an alternative to human cadavers in basic anatomy classes and has been designed to mimic the physical properties of live tissue.

The Sectra Table is a large, multi-touch medical display that uses real anatomy and clinical cases and allows students to interact with an image. Students can navigate inside the images, as well as remove layers of skin and muscle and dissect the body with a virtual knife.

“GOTAFE is proud to provide students with the opportunity to study locally, and having access to world-class facilities helps ensure they are job-ready when they finish their training,” said Ms Pearce.

GOTAFE seeks a dynamic and energetic executive team

After an extensive organisational review, GOTAFE are now seeking a dynamic, energetic executive team to lead the organisation through an exciting and ambitious transformation.

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, contact Melanie Pecanek (03) 9929 9587 or Jarrod McLauchlan (03) 9929 9515 from Davidson Recruitment Company.

To review the executive jobs available, please visit Davidson Recruiting Company.

Beechworth students tour GOTAFE’s National Equine Centre

Pictured: GOTAFE Trainer Rhonda McCallum with Beechworth Secondary Students Matilda, Ayla and Keely and ‘Jarvis’.

Sixteen students from Beechworth Secondary School toured GOTAFE’s National Centre for Equine Education in Wangaratta last week, to learn about study pathways and career opportunities in the equine industry.

The students, aged 12 to 17, also met GOTAFE trainers and explored the facilities at Wangaratta’s Regional Study Centre.

GOTAFE interim executive director of education Louise Pearce said: “The students toured our purpose-built equine facilities and stables, talked with, and learnt from, our trainers about horse health and horse care and were given an insight into studying equine with GOTAFE.

“We offer Certificate II in Equine Studies for Secondary School students through our VET in Schools program where they gain introductory, hands-on practical skills that set them up for a career in the equine industry.

“GOTAFE trainer Rhonda McCallum encouraged the students to think broadly about the careers available in equine, from event management for horse events to stable hands and veterinary nursing.”

Beechworth Secondary School teacher Laureen Barnard approached GOTAFE with the idea of the students visiting GOTAFE after she recognised the students had an interest in equine studies.

“A number of students showed an interest in learning more about horses, so I introduced an elective in equine studies,” she said.

“We have had a number of experts come to speak to the students and so when the students expressed an interest to learn about careers in the industry, I contacted GOTAFE.”

Year 7 student Matilda said: “I liked the tour of the facilities, the hands-on activity and taking photos of the horses. I thought studying equine would be fun and I was right.”

GOTAFE has various equine courses on offer and more information is available at

GOTAFE Announces Animal Science Winners

Pictured: GOTAFE Animal Science Student of the Year Linsey Bell with Stuart Kennedy from Ellar Laboratories (Major Sponsor).

Seven GOTAFE Wangaratta students scooped the awards at a dinner on Friday 22nd March, held to celebrate the achievements of the organisation’s animal sciences students.

The awards were presented by GOTAFE Board members Joanne Dwyer, Christine Riches and Angela Verde, CEO Travis Heeney, and teachers.

Graduating students from animal studies, pet grooming, companion animal services, veterinary nursing and pet styling were honoured at the dinner, which was also attended by families, friends and industry representatives.

The major winner was Linsey Bell, who received the Ellar Laboratories Student of the Year Award for 2018 and was awarded a $1000 travel voucher.

Animal sciences team leader Lesley Sanderson described Linsey as a quiet achiever and said: “Linsey was always the first to assist other students and her practical skills and theoretical knowledge are second to none.”

Linsey is now continuing her studies at GOTAFE, while working at ACE Veterinary Hospital in Euroa.

The award winners were:

Award  ​Student Home town​
​Ellar Laboratories Student of the Year Award ​Linsey Bell ​Tongala
​Rotary Club of Wangaratta Arthur Vickers Animal Studies Award ​Sarah Lyons ​Wangaratta
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Veterinary Nursing ​Jane Plunkett ​Lavington
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Grooming ​Brianna Cook ​Kennington
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Animal Sciences ​Mo’Eesha Saunders ​Yarrawonga
​Outstanding Achievement Award – Companion Animal ​Kayla Hall ​Wodonga
​Most Dedicated Student Award ​Tiffany Lacey ​Kinglake

Have your say in the future of training

GOTAFE students have the chance to have their say on the quality and relevance of their vocational education and training experiences in one of the largest surveys of its kind.

About 80,000 Victorians who undertook VET training in 2018 have been asked to provide their feedback through the 2019 Student Satisfaction Survey.

Students who completed or exited any VET courses provided by registered training providers in 2018 have been sent an invitation to complete the survey online, via SMS or by post. The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks students to share their views on teaching quality, relevance of skills learnt and how training has helped in achieving their goals.

The survey is open until 12 May and all students who take part are automatically entered in a draw and have a chance to win a share in $10,000 worth of prizes.

To participate in the survey:

  1. Visit:
  2. Click: Start Survey
  3. Enter the individual Login Code in your letter

The survey results will be used to continuously improve the quality of the state’s training and TAFE system and respond to changes in demand for workforce skills.

This is the best way for students to tell us their story. We want to know 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.

For more information about the survey visit:

GOTAFE at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE)

GOTAFE’s stand at this month’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo was very popular, with many inquiries received about courses across all study areas.
The Expo had more than 22,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors, and provided a terrific opportunity for GOTAFE to promote the quality and breadth of training available at our campuses.
Thanks from the marketing team to everyone who helped make our involvement in the Expo such a success. Please see below some photos from the three-day event.
Our name the pig competition was extremely popular so check our Facebook page to see the shortlist and vote for your favourite name GOTAFE Facebook

Ensuring a vibrant future for GOTAFE’s Seymour campus

A master plan is being developed for GOTAFE’s Seymour campus – and the community is invited to help shape it.
GOTAFE is committed to ensuring the Seymour campus develops into a thriving learning and community space, and architects Clarke Hopkins Clarke are seeking thoughts and ideas from the community, local industry, local government, students and staff.
To hear more about the Seymour Master Plan Click Here

To submit your ideas Click Here

Submissions need to be received by 9am Wednesday 13th February.

Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Rheem apprentice grants 2019

The applications for the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants of 2019 are now open with $30,000 worth of grants on offer.

In total 10 x $3,000 grants including $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, and a $1,000 tool voucher will be present to those successful in their applications.

The grants are available to apprentice plumbers across Australia – both current and those just starting their courses in the new year. Applicants are able to nominate themselves or their bosses can nominate them.

Applications are now open with applications set to close on Monday April 1, 2019.
Recipients of the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants  will be announced on Friday May 10, 2019:

To find out more about the grants or to submit your application, please visit:


Delivering More Tafe Training In Northern Victoria

People in Shepparton will be able to access more TAFE training thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus to announce almost $7.5 million to deliver 12 new TAFE courses as well as funding to support GOTAFE’s community services.
More than $4 million will be used to fund new courses to address community needs in growth areas such as agriculture industry expansion and innovation, community services, NDIS readiness and more.
A number of new courses will support Indigenous Australians to access apprenticeships, traineeships and training. In one case GOTAFE is partnering with Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network to provide pathways into telecommunications work.
Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network expects to create 120 new jobs over the next 12 months with 44 in the Hume region available to well-trained Indigenous Australians.
More than $3 million in TAFE Community Service funding will go to a range of GOTAFE community services including support for Skills and Job Centres in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Benalla and Seymour.
Extra support will also be provided to help boost student’s literacy and numeracy skills as well as creating a supportive TAFE environment for all ability levels and from all backgrounds.
The new courses are being funded through the Regional Specialist Training Fund, which is ensuring students receive high quality training that delivers the workforce skills employers need.
The GOTAFE TAFE Community Service funding boost is part of the Government’s $48.8 million investment across the state to help to give every student the support they need to get the most out of their time at TAFE.
To make it easier to access training, the Government is investing $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers tuition free.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 is investing an additional $644 million to strengthen TAFE, address skills shortages and ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a good job.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“GOTAFE is vital to delivering quality training to people in Northern Victoria – that’s why we’re funding 12 new courses and boosting support for students.”
“This funding means that more people will have access training closer to home and get the support they need to finish their course.”
“The previous Liberal Government spent four years cutting TAFE and closing campuses – we’re rebuilding TAFE to make sure Victorians can get the training the need to get a job.”