Verney Road School visit

This week, multiple study areas came together to showcase GOTAFE to the Year 10 students of Verney Road School. Organised by the GOTAFE Youth Engagement team, the students participated in a baking activity, beauty activity, automotive activity, building and construction activity and had a demonstration from our Robot (Robbie).

Our wonderful GOTAFE VCAL students assisted in taking the Verney Road students to their activities and also cooked a BBQ lunch.

The Youth Engagement team would like to thank the following staff who helped make this event possible:

  • Bill Evans
  • Vicky McDonald
  • Kim Banfield
  • Luke Bromley
  • David Czech
  • VCAL students



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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Skills and Jobs Centre Supporting Locals to Achieve

The new Skills and Jobs Centre at GOTAFE is already kicking goals, having already assisted hundreds of locals to find the right training or career pathway since opening in May.

Tim Batson is just one of their success stories. Tim, who recently completed Certificate IV in Community Services Work (CHC40708), was directed to the Skills and Jobs Centre by a classmate. Now he is working in his dream job thanks to support provided by the Career Advisor Team at the Centre. Read more…

New Skills & Jobs Centre Launched in Wangaratta

Jaclyn Symes, MLC representing North East Victoria is set to launch the brand new Skills and Jobs Centre in Wangaratta next week.

This Centre is one of a network of Skills & Jobs Centres currently operating at TAFE’s across the state including Shepparton and Wodonga in the North East. Each of the centres are tailored to meet the needs of their local communities and industries, with coordinated, intensive support services. Read more…

Exciting Opportunities at Skills & Jobs Centres

Construction is well underway for the two new Skills and Jobs Centres at both the GOTAFE Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses.

Last month Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $1 million for GOTAFE to assist with construction and operation two centres, one in Shepparton and one in Wangaratta, as well as providing services to satellite locations at Benalla and Seymour.

The Skills and Jobs Centres are part of a state-wide government initiative designed to provide independent advice to assist job seekers understand study options, identify career plans and access support services to assist with finding a job, explained GOTAFE Skills and Employment Manager, Jodee Price.

“The new hubs will be the first point-of-call for students in the Greater Shepparton area looking to start training, workers needing to reskill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement and for employers,” said Ms Price.

In addition to providing core assessment and advisory services, the Skills and Jobs Centres will develop key partnerships with other providers to enhance service provision and connectivity into the workplace or study.

“The Centres will provide a fantastic opportunity to invest in key areas of need across the community. They will provide opportunities not only for job seekers, but for employers, industry and the region. We are looking forward to collaborating with other industries to help the region move forward.”

Set to open in late February 2016, GOTAFE will begin recruiting staff to join their team in the coming weeks, with job advertisements set to appear on and the GOTAFE website,

“We will be looking for skilled people who are passionate about making a difference to our region by empowering others with job ready skills and knowledge to succeed in a new career.”

“Connectivity is key in aligning the right people with the right job, so if this is something you believe is a key asset you possess, we would love to hear from you.”

A number of positions will be available based in both Wangaratta and Shepparton, including a Relationship Manager, Career Advisors and Client Engagement Officers.


[Photo from Shepparton News]