Individual Support Wangaratta, 5pm 17 January


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Wangaratta.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in-home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room E121.

Nursing Wangaratta, 5pm 12 December


Join the caring profession with a qualification with Northern Victoria’s leading provider. Get the best start to your career as an Enrolled – Division 2 Nurse with our experienced and dedicated trainers. We have world class facilities that reflect real life clinical situations. Using SIMMAN patient simulator creates life-like patient scenarios so you practice your skills daily.

Our relationship with La Trobe University means a seamless transition to your Bachelor of Nursing, for successful applicants.

This course, Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council allowing registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, a subsidiary of AHPRA.

Sounds interesting? Register below to attend one upcoming information sessions.

Nursing Wangaratta, 5pm 14 November


Join the caring profession with a qualification with Northern Victoria’s leading provider. Get the best start to your career as an Enrolled – Division 2 Nurse with our experienced and dedicated trainers. We have world class facilities that reflect real life clinical situations. Using SIMMAN patient simulator creates life-like patient scenarios so you practice your skills daily.

Our relationship with La Trobe University means a seamless transition to your Bachelor of Nursing, for successful applicants.

This course, Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council allowing registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, a subsidiary of AHPRA.

Sounds interesting? Register below to attend one upcoming information sessions.

Individual Support Wangaratta, 5pm 14 November


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Wangaratta.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in-home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room E121.

More than 70 GOTAFE apprentices employed at BF Panels


Since the early 80’s, B.F. Panels, one of the largest workshops in the Albury region have employed more than 70 GOTAFE apprentices. Recently, Mark Capito scored a Panel Beating apprenticeship with the family owned company.

Production Manager Reg Corbitt said every year he approaches GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Automotive Mark Ward for potential apprentices.

“Each year we employ an apprentice panel beater and spray painter, most of them have been through GOTAFE,” said Reg.

“So since the 80’s that means we have employed at least GOTAFE 70 apprentices, that’s a lot of young people who have been given a start by us.

“We have always had a good relationship with GOTAFE, in particular Mark Ward who is respected by industry and the apprentices and his background trade is spray paint so has industry experience, a good reputation with in the industry and always backs the apprentices he recommends.

“We have recently put on Mark Capito, who completed his Cert II Paint & panel pre-apprentice training in Wodonga at the Wodonga Secondary College and came recommended by Mark.
“Its early days but he is doing well, he is very enthusiastic, he has the right attitude, work ethic and is eager to learn.

“In one week alone we can have at least 50 cars put through the repair process, so for our 30 odd employees and especially our apprentices like Mark they get to work on a large variety of repairs each creating their own challenges and learnings.

“We have a points base pay system where our workshop staff have the opportunity to do more hours to earn more points, so the harder they work the better their opportunity to earn more money on top of their base salary, of course it’s all depended on output.

“I think Mark will do well on this system as he is already showing some good skills and the right aptitude to problem solving.”

Mark was almost a qualified carpenter before he made the switch to a Panel Beating apprenticeship and he is glad he did.

“I am currently a first year apprentice, employed by B.F. Panels,” said Mark.

“I completed a pre-apprenticeship with GOTAFE to see if I liked the automotive trade and from that Mark put my name forward to B.F. Panels when they were looking for an apprentice.

“B.F Panels were really welcoming when I first started, there are really good people here, it’s a good, safe environment to work in.

“It’s a family run business which is what I like and they make it work well, with Mark a spray painter by trade and Scott a panel beater.

“They trust you to do a good, quality job and work out the problem yourself but there is always someone I can ask, they have people on the lookout for you to make sure you do the job right and that is great to have that support and backup.

“It’s a big business and there are new cars in every day, so I am always working on something new and presented with a new problem to solve everyday.

“They also use water based spray paint which is better for the environment and better for those that use it so that was important to me.”

Mark works full-time and completes one week block training at GOTAFE, a total of seven during the year.

Completing a pre-apprenticeship like Mark, gives students essential trade skills so that if they land themselves an apprenticeship they already have good basic knowledge of the trade, it also gives the students a good opportunity to see if that’s what they want to do as a career.

GOTAFE is now offering mid year intake for paint and panel out of Wodonga Secondary College and also at its Wangaratta Campus. Contact us to learn more.

Our People: Glenn Kealy, Hospitality


Glenn Kealy, GOTAFE Wangaratta Hospitality Trainer talks about his passion for teaching and his experience in hospitality that spans almost 35 years.  “I love mentoring my students, they love the way I teach and in my 14th year of teaching I am still reinventing myself and what I teach, I am constantly adjusting to my customer’s needs, but this time it’s not a menu it’s a style of teaching,” said Glenn.

“The best part of my job is guiding, facilitating and mentoring my students to be the best chefs they can be, if they enjoy class and go on to succeed in the industry then I know I am doing my job.

“I bring passion, a strong work ethic and experience to teaching every day.

“It can be exhausting, most teachers will empathise with me, every time you teach, you are on show, it’s a performance, and you must be engaging, be real and be informative every time you teach.

“I still second guess myself and question whether my skills and experience are enough to teach, but deep down I know they are. And every now and then I get a thank you email or card or just a simple face to face thank you and I realise how much I have to offer and how much I have passed on.

“And sometimes it is my job to keep the passion alive for students, being an apprentice isn’t easy, it is hard work, long and odd hours and you don’t always get to see the joy your creation brings to your customers.

“I started out as a 16 year old trainee chef in my hometown of Harvey in Western Australia, so I know what it is like to start out in the industry.

“The Wagon Wheels Motel and the Harvey Hotel taught me a bit of everything of the industry as a whole.

“After that I worked in a number of big hotels on the Gold Coast including the Ramada Hotel, then back to Western Australia to work at the newly built Cable Beach Club in Broome.

“The Cable Beach Club was my first taste of what good food was all about, it was high quality food and high quality service, and it was a standout in my early career.

“At the Club I worked with international chefs who were handpicked by Lord (Alistair) McAlpine.

“I always felt like a bit of a country kid playing with the big boys but with hard work and passion I felt like I earnt my stripes.

“We had our preparation stations, our specialities if you like and I was amongst chefs from Italy, France, South African and England, we were expected to produce the highest standard for our domestic and international guests.

“After that I travelled overseas working in a variety kitchens for a variety of organisations, including P&O Ridge View Lodge that would cater and board the homeless just outside of London, and The Thistle Hotel chain in Aberdeen Scotland.

“All these experiences and overseas travelling taught me how to meet different customers’ needs which help me now as a teacher.

“Back in Australia at the age of 24 I was setting up a tavern restaurant called Sandy Cove in Mandurah south of Perth, then as a chef at the well-known and award winning Subiaco Hotel, then moving to Melbourne I worked in Melbourne at The Snail and Bottle Restaurant at the Law Institute of Victoria then moving to the North East I worked locally at King River Café, Spotless in Wodonga and now as a trainer at GOTAFE in Wangaratta.

“My students tell me they have to listen to me because I keep them guessing, they never know what is coming next, for me that’s a great compliment.”

GOTAFE now delivering Education Support in Benalla


GOTAFE will commence delivery of Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) for the first time in Benalla next month. They are also seeking expressions of interest for people looking to study at their Wangaratta Campus.

The course, commencing in April, is the key to unlocking a career in Education Support. The 10 month course will be delivered two days per week in the classroom plus a further one day per week of practical work placement, explained Course Coordinator, Jo Fasano. “This course is ideal for someone who is looking to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. Interested participants will need to have a good understanding of literacy and numeracy because this is where students need the most support. They will also need to have a sense of fun, the ability to multitask and be able to see things from multiple perspectives.”

“We have been delivering this course from our Shepparton Campus for a number of years, with students progressing onto work as Teacher’s Aides, Education Support Workers, Special Education Assistants, Home Tutors and Literacy Support Workers.”

Ms Fasano has been delivering the program from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus for four years and has countless examples of how it has transformed the lives of her students. Single mother Brooke Coming turned her life around through Education Support. “When she started with us she lacked confidence but throughout the course we saw her grow and thrive; she has just landed her very first job. We are so thrilled for her.”

Graduate Angela Dirretto used Certificate IV in Education Support as an alternative pathway to higher education. She is now studying teaching at the Australian Catholic University. “Education Support is an ideal career for people with young families who are looking to return to the workforce. The majority of jobs in this field are based in schools and are part time, so are ideal for working parents.”

Last year Certificate IV Education Support graduate Lyndal McGowan received the GOTAFE Outstanding Community Services Student. “Lyndal, a former Nurse, discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school,” said Ms Fasano.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant,” explained Ms McGowan. “GOTAFE helped me achieve my goal, a career that gave me more time with my family and I am now employed as an Education Support (ES) at a local Primary School. Studying with GOTAFE has seen me overcome my fears, grow in confidence, resilience and self-reliance, these skills helped me to juggle study and family commitments.”

GOTAFE has been working closely with Wangaratta’s Centre for Continuing Education (The Centre) to develop formal pathways and credit transfers for students who have already completed Certificate III in Education Support.

Classes commence 27 April 2017, with student interviews commencing 17 March 2017.

For more information contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or click here to register to attend an information session.