Ceremony Celebrates Wangaratta Graduates

About 100 GOTAFE Wangaratta campus graduates were honoured at a ceremony this week at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.

The 2018 graduates, from a wide range of courses, were entertained by MC Tim Campbell and enthralled by keynote speaker and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder.

GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney thanked the graduates for entrusting GOTAFE with their education and training needs, and said he was proud they had been given the opportunity to study locally and stay connected with their community, friends and family.

He said GOTAFE was determined to ensure the best possible training and employment outcomes for every student, and said the ceremony was an acknowledgement of the work by students and GOTAFE’s educators.

“If our region’s future prosperity rests with the skills, knowledge, talent and spirit of our people then it is in good hands,” he said.

The graduation ceremony recognised students who successfully completed their studies in 2018 across a range of study areas including business and IT, art and design, community services, health, and building and construction.

The graduation ceremony was attended by students and their guests, Cr Ken Clarke from the Rural City of Wangaratta, and GOTAFE Board and Executive members.

Brand New Opportunity in Aged Care

GOTAFE and Shepparton Villages are excited to announce a new partnership to deliver high quality training in Aged Care to the Goulburn Valley.

Thanks to funds provided by State Government’s Regional Specialist Training Fund, brand new training opportunities are now available.

Delivered onsite at Shepparton Villages, Certificate III in Individual Support students will be exposed to 2 days per week of training over nine months, explained GOTAFE Partnership Engagement Manager Susan Huffer.

“Our population is ageing which means demand for qualified workers. Research by McCrindle suggests we need to add over 129,000 workers Australia-wide in the next 10 years, or over 2,055 per month*, which means you’ll never be without a job in the Aged Care Industry,” explained Mrs Huffer.

“This program has been specifically designed to encourage people to enter the aged care workforce in a supported environment and provide pathways to further education and employment opportunities.”

Shepparton Villages is currently undergoing significant expansion, with the new 120 bed $34 million Maculata Place nearing completion. The building is on track for completion with current timelines suggesting residents will be moved into the new facilities in November.

“It is our aim to involve new students in the move as much as possible. We want them to feel part of the team from the very beginning,” said Shepparton Villages CEO Kerri Rivett.

“We would like to encourage people with a caring disposition to take up this unique offer and find their purpose within the Aged Care industry.

“We have staff here who began as Trainees 20 plus years ago and have moved through the Village to find their place and sense of purpose, with many now running departments. We are committed to providing ongoing support for our employees to undertake further training in areas including Enrolled Nursing, Leisure and Health or Ageing Support. This industry truly has a place for everyone.”

More than $4 million was announced last month when the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited GOTAFE. Funding will be used to provide 12 new courses to address community needs in growth areas such as agriculture industry expansion and innovation, community services, NDIS readiness and more.

“GOTAFE is vital to delivering quality training to people in Northern Victoria – that is why we are funding 12 new courses and boosting support for students,” said Minister Tierney.

“This funding means that more people will have access training closer to home and get the support they need to finish their course.”

The first intake of students will commence in Term 4 this year, with further intake opportunities planned in 2019. Students who demonstrate excellence in their training after the first 12 weeks may be offered employment with Shepparton Villages.

To apply for the Certificate III in Individual Support program, contact Susan Huffer at GOTAFE call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or email shuffer@gotafe.vic.edu.au.

Individual support providing a head start into Health

At the end of this month Noah Smyth will have completed Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) at GOTAFE’s Benalla Campus.

The six month course exposed Noah to the Health sector. He learnt to care for the elderly and people living with disabilities in the classroom, plus he gained hands on experience during work placement, two weeks of which was spent in a nursing home and one week in Home and Community Care in Benalla. “Placement was a good way to cement what was learnt in the classroom as well as meet people who work in the sector.”

Noah had a really positive experience while studying at GOTAFE.  “The Trainers were engaging and supportive during my studies. The course was enjoyable. We had fun as a group and I have made friends.”

“GOTAFE is a good place to study this course, because they provide a supportive environment and it’s easy to learn, they encouraged us to better ourselves.” Catherine Conrick the Team Leader Operations for Health in Wangaratta says the Certificate III Individual Support course is the ideal start for someone who is interested in a career in Health.”

“It is an entry point for employment and a foundation for future educational opportunities in the health industry including nursing. Health is a growth area both regionally and nationally and a very rewarding career for those who are people orientated.”

In the New Year, Noah will continue his studies at GOTAFE and will be enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing at our Benalla Campus.

GOTAFE is running Information Sessions for Individual Support and Nursing courses on Thursday 12 January 2017 or for other courses visit our website or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).