Tertiary Options Open Thanks to Key Partnership


Advancing your career and building on your networks is something many Professionals aim to achieve, but can prove difficult in regional areas. A partnership between GOTAFE and Federation University is attempting to make the transition to tertiary study an easy option for regional Victorian’s.

GOTAFE and Federation University have partnered to deliver the Bachelor of Applied Management, or BAM, through the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, providing students with a unique opportunity to study without leaving town.

GOTAFE Business Commercial Manager Jo-Ann Craig said BAM is designed to give students the skills to become more effective managers, particularly at a strategic level, and enable them to develop their organisations so that they are competitive and sustainable into the future.

“It’s a practical degree that will turn a Diploma and Advanced Diploma into an undergraduate degree with just one extra year of full time study, explained Ms Craig.

“The program has been developed by Federation Business School to challenge the traditional method of obtaining a three year undergraduate degree. It has been designed around working professionals, taking into account their experiences gained from their working lives and allows students to study while still working full time.”

Andrew Kay, a Skills Adviser with Ai Group recently completed the Bachelor of Applied Management and while his resume boasts a number of qualifications, this was the first time he had undertaken a university degree.

“I thought I was too old. I have had a career of varied experiences and collected many formal and informal skills along the way, but considered that maybe that was going to be the limit of my education. However, when presented with the BAM opportunity, the applied nature of the content and the way it was delivered appealed to me.

“My goal initially, was to just validate my skills, knowledge and experience against a rigorous educational standard, but as I progressed through the course; my desire to gain more knowledge grew.

“It was a tremendous journey! Studying with many other like-minded, experienced and focussed   people made the process enjoyable. We all had significant industry experience so where able to easily relate to the subject matter and apply it almost immediately in our workplaces.”

Terry Le Behen, a Business Trainer at GOTAFE, delivers the course in Shepparton and believes the practical nature of the course allows students to immediately utilise their new found skills in their workplace.

“The BAM ties it all together by teaching real world management skills. As the word states, ‘Applied’ means you learn the most current project, people and resource management skills that can be used immediately in the workplace.

“It’s about creating great managers, one that every employer wants to hire and every employee wants to work for. A great manager is a person that understands his or her staff and the industry they work in. Because a great manager is a person that can get their staff to do things because the staff wants to do it – it’s about being a great motivator.

“As a Trainer, it is wonderful to help people grow and develop in the business sense and to reach their full potential. BAM Graduates have gone on to progress with their careers, one student has since moved to NSW in a State Manager role, another to Melbourne as a Senior Manager.”

Enrolments for the Bachelor of Applied Management are now open. For more information contact Jo-Ann Craig or Terry Le Behen on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or visit study.federation.edu.au