Minister’s announcement Strengthens GOTAFE’s industry partnerships

GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney has thanked the Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Gayle Tierney, for more than $5.6 million in funding, which was announced during her visit to the Fryers St, Shepparton, campus today.

Mr Heeney said the funding boost for courses in baking, dental assistance, nursing, cabinet making, engineering fabrication and health services enabled GOTAFE to continue to strengthen innovative partnerships with industry and other key stakeholders.

“GOTAFE has develop strong partnerships with employers and industry and they often approach us with specific training needs,” said Mr Heeney.

“We work with those employers and industry to customise a training solution, and today’s announcements are a terrific outcome from some of that work.”

Local industry partners that were instrumental in informing and supporting GOTAFE’s funding applications  included Beechworth Bakery, Higgins Bakery, GV Dental Group, GV Health Dental, Tatura Dental Care and GV Health.

The Minister’s funding announcement was for courses and programs that will be delivered by GOTAFE under the Victorian Government’s Regional and Specialist Training Fund, and Workforce Training Innovation Fund. These funds aim to address skills gaps in regional areas and improve training outcomes.

GOTAFE programs and courses receiving funding are:

  • Certificate II in Baking
  • Certificate III in Baking
  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Certificate III in Cabinet Making
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate III in Health Support Services
  • Industry-wide Upskilling Training and Assessment Model for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry

“We are working to ensure our curriculum is fully aligned to the current and future needs of local employers, industries and communities, and this funding boost will help that work,” said Mr Heeney.

“We are resolutely committed to ensuring the needs of students and industries – especially across regional Victoria – are at the heart of all we do.

“GOTAFE will continue to strengthen innovative partnerships with industry and other key stakeholders critical to our success in enhancing career opportunities for our students across regional Victoria.”

The Minister also spoke about Free TAFE, and said GOTAFE had more than 420 students enrolled in Free TAFE courses across its five campuses.

Mr Heeney said: “Free TAFE has provided affordability and accessibility to many GOTAFE students who might otherwise have not been able to undertake a course.

“Many of our Free TAFE courses have rolling enrolments or mid-year starting dates so there are still plenty of opportunities for people to apply for a course.”

The Victorian Government’s $172 million Free TAFE program is making 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses free from tuition fees from this year.

GOTAFE is offering 47 Free TAFE courses across its campuses.

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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]