Steamed For A Good Cause


Two senior VCAL students from GOTAFE, Tiahne Ward and Bryce O’Dwyer have taken the lead in running a social enterprise, Dim Sim Wednesdays.
Along with the help of classmates, Tiahne and Bryce are raising funds for the local youth hub ‘The Haven’. 100% of profits are donated to The Haven.
The Haven offers a safe, relaxed space for children and young adults, where they can enjoy a meal, join in activities and receive assistance with their homework.
“We felt The Haven was the perfect organisation to raise funds for; some of our classmates use this service,” explained Tiahne Ward
“It’s such an important place, we want to see it continue to help children and young adults just like us.”
“We’ve been very busy starting the business from scratch and learning heaps of valuable skills along the way. We’re learning about money handling, marketing, designing (students designed the business logo), communications and organisation.”
So far the students have donated over $500 to The Haven, with the aim of raising $1500 by the end of the year.
Dim Sims and cold drinks are available for purchase at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street Campus every Wednesday from 10:00am to 11:30am.

You do have a backup, don’t you?


We’ve all seen the “Don’t click this” and the “Don’t click that” messages, but what if something does happen and you lose all your files, including your family photos or documents you spent hours typing up.

The best thing to do is restore from a backup, you do have a backup, don’t you?

With the ever increasing reports of malicious software or malware in the news it’s important to backup your files. To put it simply: data you don’t have backed up is data you can afford to lose!

It’s easier and cheaper to be proactive and have a backup than to try and recover from a hard drive failure.

There are a few options available, such as a local backup which means you have to copy your data to an external drive such as a USB or hard drive. Typically this is a manual process.

Another option is to use online storage such as Google Drive, One Drive or iCloud to store your files. These options have limited storage capacity, no file versioning and limited recovery of files deleted by either yourself or by malware.

If you have an active internet connection, one of the easiest methods is to use cloud backup such as Carbonite or Backblaze which costs around $6 per month for a single PC. This allows you to backup all your documents, images etc. with unlimited storage and both iOS and Android apps are available so you can access your cloud files whenever you have a data connection.

Having one backup option is a good start but if you can manage to have at least two your data will be more resilient to accidental removal or malware.

By Daniel O’Brien, GOTAFE

GOTAFE APPOINTS NEW CEO


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.

Werribee Biggest Morning Tea


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”.

Mentoring for Budding Electricians


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 enquiry@gotafe.vic.edu.au

RADD Project


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

Free TAFE for Priority Courses


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 enquiry@gotafe.vic.edu.au or 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE FUTURE OF TRAINING


Victoria’s largest annual student survey

How has your VET course helped you to achieve your goals? This is the question the Victorian Government is asking around 200,000 students in the annual Student Satisfaction Survey.

Students who completed or exited any government-subsidised VET courses provided by registered training providers in 2017 have been sent a survey to complete online, via SMS or by mail. The survey takes under 10 minutes to complete and asks students to share their views on a range of topics including teaching quality, relevance of skills learnt and how training has helped in achieving their goals.

Results from the survey provide valuable insights for course improvements and planning to better meet the needs of future students and deliver qualifications that lead to employment opportunities, not just certificates.

This is the best way to provide feedback 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.

TAFE Collaboration Means Smooth Transition for Students


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.

Twenty-three GOTAFE students are invited to represent Team Victoria at WorldSkills Nationals


Twenty-five WorldSkills Regional Competition medalists have been invited to apply to represent the Central Victoria Region as a part of ‘Team Victoria’ at the 2018 WorldSkills National Competition held in Sydney.

Twenty-three out of the 25 Regional WorldSkills competitors given the opportunity to be part of ‘Team Victoria’ are from GOTAFE, the other two from Kangan TAFE.
WorldSkills Project Officer Callum Ross, said this is a great opportunity for students and also a great reflection on the level of skills of students and the dedication of GOTAFE trainers.

“Representing GOTAFE at the National level of the WorldSkills competition is a great honour and we are thrilled that 23 of our students have been given the opportunity to apply to compete at the national level,” said Callum.

“To have 23 GOTAFE students invited out of the 25 students overall is a wonderful reflection of the calibre of our students and also the commitment of our trainers to giving our students every opportunity to be their best and compete against the best.

“Our trainers are committed to entering students into the WorldSkills competition and ensuring they are prepared for the rigorous challenges of WorldSkills, they understand the importance of encouraging their students and giving them the opportunity to compete against the best people in their field.

“GOTAFE had 15 competitions in various areas ranging from Beauty Therapy to Electrical and Retail Baking Pastry, this just goes to show how committed our trainers and our organisation is to giving students the best opportunity to improve their skills and test these skills out on a Regional stage”.

GOTAFE has had strong success at the WorldSkills competition over the years.

Winners from the National Level have the opportunity to represent Australia at the 45th WorldSkills Competition (WSC2019) in Kazan, Russia in 2019, a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Australia and your training organisation on the world stage.