GOTAFE’s Benalla & Wangaratta Campuses held their annual GOTAFE Trade Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday 5th December at Oaks at the Wangaratta Turf Club. The awards saw us recognise the achievements of our apprentice students at a gala dinner, attended by apprentices, their employers, business owners and guests.
Awards were presented to apprentices in the first, second, third or fourth years from Automotive, Building & Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality, Baking and Plumbing learning areas.
This year, Paul de Gelder was our special guest speaker. Paul spoke to guests about his life journey that led him to a career as a navy diver, how he survived a shark attack in Sydney Harbour where he lost an arm and a leg, and how he now travels the world as at top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids.
Jessica Plum from Badaginnie was announced as GOTAFE’s 2018 Apprentice of the Year for Benalla & Wangaratta campuses. Jessica, a Hospitality Apprentice, was one of the eight final year apprentices who were awarded the Outstanding Apprentice Achievement Awards for their respective learning areas.
Jessica recently completed SIT30816 Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) with GOTAFE and is now working with Benalla Gallery Café.
“I am proud to have been nominated. I have always been made to feel comfortable by my trainers at GOTAFE. Food is my passion and GOTAFE has equipped me with the skills I need to be able to go into the future. I feel like I can go anywhere with the training I have undertaken here at GOTAFE. It has allowed me to believe in myself.”
GOTAFE Trainer Glenn Kealy has nothing but high praise for Jessica. “Jessica joined this group of apprentices in 2016 while completing Certificate III in Hospitality. She then took the next step and commenced an apprenticeship.”
“From the very beginning, Jessica always wanted to learn and took everything on board to better herself. Jessica has continued to be a standout and in July of this year, she competed in the AUSTAFE Culinary Competition where she won a bronze medal. Her true character shone through earlier this year when the group faced adversity. Jessica was practically the glue that held the group together. She was an exceptional support to the other students and also to me as her trainer.”
Jessica is a dedicated apprentice who gives 100% at work. In her downtime, Jessica likes to tend to her garden where she grows her own produce to use in her cooking. She also enjoys yoga and also is a current Lions Club Member where she assists with raffles and fundraising.
As long as she can be creative and continue to learn, Jessica plans to continue to work in food as it’s her passion.
Today the Victorian Government announced a 2.54million commitment to upgrade facilities if re-elected. Welcomed to GOTAFEs Seymour campus by GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney, Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Gayle Tierney was accompanied by Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes and Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler-Morton.
The project will establish multipurpose integrated teaching facilities and flexible learning spaces, with interactive technology and e-learning, supporting local students and helping to meet key learning and increasing student numbers in key areas of skill shortage in the region.
These state-of-the-art learning spaces will support GOTAFE to partner with industry and universities to further develop educational pathways and programs to launch further training within the community. The upgrade of facilities will also include student amenities and upgrades to staff offices.
CEO Travis Heeney speaks of the importance of this announcement. “As the largest TAFE in regional Victoria, GOTAFE plays a vital role in preparing this region with a highly skilled workforce. Today’s announcement represents a critical juncture for GOTAFE and signals a new era in confidence and direction from the state government.”
“We are seeing a consistently high demand for training in both the Diploma of Nursing and in the Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services. The growth in demand for these areas of study is unprecedented, with the right facilities and teaching resources we are well placed to meet this demand. These committed funds will allow our students to learn in a replicated work environment, using the equipment and facilities they will need to excel in the workplace.”
We are excited to announce our partnership as major and naming rights sponsor of the Goulburn Valley League has been extended for four more years.
Football clubs harness the collective energy of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and supporters to not only deliver sport and social activities for members, but for their respective communities. They provide an environment for personal growth, education and team work.
GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney said “Football and Netball clubs are the backbone of many regional communities within our footprint. GOTAFE certainly has an active interest in the league, with many of our students, apprentices, staff members and graduates as loyal members of the clubs within the league. It made complete sense for us to continue the partnership with GVL.
“The GVL is a fantastic fit for our organisation, as they mirror many of GOTAFE’s values. At a club level, as well as a league level, the GVL have a positive view on the role of lifelong learning. This continued partnership allows GOTAFE to communicate with our local community and to interact with our audiences in an authentic way.”
GVL Chairman, David Roff, believes the partnership is a great step forward for the league.
“The GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League is now a well-established brand in the region and GOTAFE has been a wonderful partner to the Goulburn Valley League so we are thrilled to continue the relationship with them in this new deal.
“We are excited about the opportunities for cross promotion and other joint activity” he said.
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.”
GOTAFE has appointed Travis Heeney as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Heeney, who will take up his new role on July 2, has a strong track record in local government, not for profit and business transformation.
The GOTAFE Board Chair Joanne Dwyer welcomed Mr Heeney’s appointment, which follows recommendations by an independent expert relating to the ongoing delivery of quality education and training in the region.
“Travis has a great understanding of the region, having worked with the Mitchell Shire Council and has the proven experience to oversee organisational change, while building closer relationships with the community,” Ms Dwyer said.
“It was these qualities, which will help make a positive contribution to the culture at the GOTAFE that made Travis stand out in a list of high quality candidates.”
Most recently, Mr Heeney has been contracted to lead business transformation in various regional and metropolitan community focussed organisations, assisting them to achieve their full potential.
Mr Heeney said he was looking forward to working with the GOTAFE organisation over the longer term to build an open and transparent culture, capable of responding to the exciting and evolving landscape of further education both locally and more broadly.
“This is a great opportunity to work with the Board and staff to rebuild the GOTAFE offering, by ensuring we operate collaboratively with government, the community and other stakeholders,” Mr Heeney said.
“Together we will strive to deliver the best opportunities for students and ensure the GOTAFE maintains a prominent and valuable role in the ongoing development of the region.”
Mr Heeney has recently held executive positions with Macedon Shire Ranges Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre and Mitchell Shire Council.
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”.
GOTAFE Electrical Apprentices now have access to a two year mentoring and support program thanks to the National Electrical and Communications Association (NCEA).
NECA, along with the Federal Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) have developed a specific two year Apprenticeship Mentoring Support program for GOTAFE Electrical Apprentices.
A Grade Electrician Adam Waterhouse from NECA, will act as a Mentor for students. Once an apprentice himself, Mr Waterhouse understands the challenges that come along with an Apprenticeship.
“You’ve got your TAFE teachers, your TAFE classmates but other than that you may only have your family to talk to and they might not have an insight into Apprenticeships.
“This program is designed to be an extra resource for Apprentices, someone who understands what it’s like being an Apprentice and who can answer any questions.
“Not all Apprentices make it through to be fully qualified, so hopefully the Mentoring program will assist students to work through the issues they come across during their Apprenticeships”
The NECA Mentoring Program includes:
• developing relationships with apprentices
• personalised meetings
• keeping apprentices informed about opportunities relating to their apprenticeship
• liaison with registered training organisations regarding training
• providing support and advice
• being available to talk to apprentices and trainees about any issues they are having.
As well as providing targeted mentoring and assistance, the mentoring program will support employers, many of whom do not have the time or experience to manage all of the issues that arise for apprentices.
NECA is hoping to see a reduction in the number of students who drop out of their Apprentices halfway through due to stress and other related pressures.
Allan McLean, GOTAFE Electrical Team Leader, believes this program will be very beneficial, not only for students but also the businesses they work for.
“Many of our Apprentices work for owner operators and those folk are very busy and are often time poor. When their Apprentices are at work, it’s the job they are focussed on, not necessarily discussing their day to day progress through the Apprenticeship”
For more information on NECA and the Apprenticeship Support Mentoring program, visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/programs/industry-specialist-mentoring
For more information about becoming an Electrical Apprentice or to find out more about employing one, contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233), visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The RADD Project is an important, current and topical piece of Australian youth research about harmful technology use in young people’s relationships.
By way of a brief background, overseas research suggests that harmful technology use in young people’s relationships is highly prevalent, but little is known about its impact. Published data on the prevalence and impact of these behaviours in young Australian’s relationships, is non-existent. The RADD project aims to remedy this gap in our knowledge by exploring prevalence and impact in youth in Australia.
The project aims to represent voices of the full spectrum of young people living in Australia, spanning all cultures, urban/regional/rural locations, genders, sexual orientations, and more. More than 250 young people have already completed the survey, but to ensure we understand how harmful technology use impacts the lives of the full spectrum of our youth, the project still needs to hear from more young people living in Australia.
Involvement is easy, 16-24 year olds simply complete an anonymous online survey that takes approximately 15 minutes.
If you’re aged between 16-24, please fill out this important Australian youth survey about technology use in young people’s relationships. It’s online, anonymous and only takes 15 minutes or so. The questions are easy, and your responses are private and will ultimately help to improve the support available to young people. Feel free to share the survey with your friends too. www.RADD.site
GOTAFE has welcomed the Victorian Government’s budget announcement.
The centrepiece of the Andrew’s Labour Government Budget is Free TAFE for Priority Courses, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.
“GOTAFE is delighted with the Budget announcement in support of high quality public education and the recognition that vocational education and training is an essential investment in the future of our state and our region,” said GOTAFE Acting CEO, Jennifer Oliver.
“This targeted and strategic funding will provide free training for students enrolling in 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses. There are also training places which will support industry and in particular the skills required to support jobs growth in our region and support for our apprenticeships and traineeship delivery including the development of high quality learning materials.
“Our very important VET‐in‐Schools (VETiS) will also receive funding and support for pathways. We very much appreciate this recognition by government of the skills which will equip our students for the future economy. “
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 38 priority courses at TAFE.
From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for:
- An initial 20 priority non‑apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
- 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre‑apprenticeships)
Free TAFE for Priority Courses will start on 1 January 2019.
Students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to study tuition fee free. View our list of currently eligible courses offered at GOTAFE in 2019.
Skills and Jobs Centres located at GOTAFE campuses across North East Victoria will continue to play a large part in providing expert advice on training and employment opportunities to those wishing to take advantage of this initiative.
For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course details, contact GOTAFE at email@example.com or 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).
GOTAFE, South West TAFE and Federation Training are excited to be part of the new Dairy Learn model launched this year by Dairy Australia.
The new model will allow a range of local providers to support the dairy industry to upskill using both extension and education activities.
GOTAFE has confirmed it is working in partnership with South West TAFE and Federation Training to assist in the transition of dairy industry students.
GOTAFE, primarily based in North East Victoria, ceased taking new enrolments at the Institute’s southern training locations in Warragul, Leongatha and Terang on 31 December 2017.
GOTAFE General Manager of Education Services, Margie Fixter confirmed GOTAFE will transition former Terang Campus students to South West TAFE, with Federation Training agreeing to accept students from Warragul and Leongatha Campuses.
“The three Institutes have collaborated to ensure a smooth transition for all affected students, employers and industry stakeholders. The process has been an excellent example of cross Institute collaboration,” said Ms Fixter.
Existing students are now able to complete their qualifications with their local TAFE provider.
GOTAFE will now concentrate its dairy training in North Eastern Victoria, with South West TAFE and Federation Training providing training and support to the dairy industry in their respective regions.
Consultation with affected stakeholders remains ongoing as the transition process continues.