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.
Mr Batson was at a career crossroads, having worked in Australia and overseas in music and marketing, he had made the decision to retrain and pursue a new career in the Community Services sector. He had almost completed his training and was starting to wonder where it would take him when he came across an advertisement his dream job working with youth at risk.
Mr Batson cannot speak highly enough of the encouragement he received from Kim Michelini, Careers Advisor at the Skills and Jobs Centre.
“It was amazing to have someone who could help me identify my strengths and turn a job to which I aspired into something which felt attainable,” he said.
Mr Batson successfully navigated the challenges of matching selection criteria to his current skills and passed a series of interviews and personality tests. Mr Batson credits his achievement to the support the Skills and Jobs Centre provided.
“They [Skills and Jobs Centre staff] turned something intimidating into something achievable,” said Mr Batson.
Centre Manager Sally Wallace said stories like this are what the Centre was designed for; to act as a one-stop-shop for job-seekers looking to start training, workers needing to reskill and unemployed workers needing guidance for retraining.
“The Skills and Jobs Centre provides a unique personalised service where anyone can come for support and guidance in the training and employment sphere. We offer a free service that is available to people who are unemployed, looking to change direction, are exploring new options or simply want to know what is out there”.
“No referral is necessary and you do not have to be in receipt of a benefit to access the support of the Skills and Jobs Centre”.
Skills and Jobs Centres can be found in Docker Street, Wangaratta and Corio Street in Shepparton. Both centres can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).