Technical Education Centres
The Technical Education Centres (TEC) enable students to fast track their career from school to employment. The TEC is tailored for young people who want to pursue a vocational and technical career.
The TEC works in partnership with local secondary schools to deliver nationally recognised technical training to increase employment opportunities for students and assist local businesses in developing their staff.
Students operate equipment and use materials relevant to today’s workplace and are taught by trainers who have recent industry experience in their respective trades. TEC trainers continue to maintain strong links with industry in order to ensure that the training provided meets the needs of industry and provides students with increased employment pathways.
TEC programs assist students in their transition from the school environment to employment and helps fast track them into their preferred career by giving them the ‘job ready’ skills and knowledge to be a productive apprentice or trainee.
All TEC programs can be combined with a Year 10, Year 11 or Year 12 VCE or VCAL course of study.
TECs provide a new senior secondary education and training option for young people who want to pursue a vocational and technical career. TECs are a fantastic model for giving students job-ready skills and a solid base on which to add further qualifications.
Download a copy of the TEC handbook for everything you need to know about student life.
Locations & Times
TEC courses are conducted at GOTAFE’s Fryers Street and William Orr (Wanganui Road) Campuses in Shepparton and the TEC in Cusack Street, Wangaratta. Some courses are offered off campus, e.g. Health Services Assistance.
In addition other courses are delivered online (e.g. Animal Studies, Conservation and Land Management and Equine) and are complimented by practical days to consolidate learning.
When do I attend?
Most programs operate on a dedicated day which is Wednesday at Shepparton and Wednesday or Thursday at Wangaratta, with selected programs operating on other week days. Students are required to check which day their program operates at their interview.
Building, Bricklaying, Electrical and Plumbing students will be requested to attend additional training weeks during the school holidays to enable them to complete their full Certificate II training in two years. This additional training will attract the minimum tuition fee set by Skills Victoria which in 2011 was $105. Students will be advised of the fee for this additional training prior to enrolment. Classes operate from 9am to 4pm.
Students who have demonstrated a commitment to their trade training and a positive attitude are eligible for work placement. Work placement provides participating students with extended employer networks, employer references and will enhance their job seeking opportunities.
Some programs require students to wear protective clothing and footwear. All dress standards will be made clear to students at interview.
Courses are delivered at both GOTAFE’s Fryers Street and William Orr Campuses, as well as at GV Health. Shepparton Transit currently has an hourly bus service between the William Orr and Fryers Street Campuses. Students are responsible for their own transport to and from the relevant campuses and are encouraged to check the Shepparton Transit timetables for any changes.
All students are provided with an online induction prior to commencing their course. This advises students of their rights and responsibilities whilst attending the TEC. Induction must be completed prior to course commencement.
Once enrolled students have access to library facilities. Printing and photocopying are available at the student’s own cost.
TEC students have access to GOTAFE’s Student Services team. GOTAFE’s Student Services team provides confidential counselling and support for students with diagnosed disabilities.
Students wishing to attend the TEC should be referred through their secondary school unless they intend to enrol full time with GOTAFE to undertake VCAL. In this instance students should contact GOTAFE directly.
All students will be required to sit an interview with their parent or guardian present prior to acceptance.
- If enrolling in a TEC VET program through your school, materials charges will apply and are payable directly to your school.
- If enrolling with GOTAFE full time to undertake VCAL in addition to your TEC VET program, tuition and materials fees apply and will be calculated at enrolment.
A CI (Construction Induction) Card is required for work in many trade occupations. This is an additional fee which is payable unless you are a Bricklaying, Building, Furnishing or Plumbing student.
Fees must be paid to your school prior to commencement of your course.
**Please note: Fees correct at time of printing and are subject to change**
Luke Mullen – Building and Construction:
"The TEC is fun because you are always learning something new and it has helped me a lot to gain work placements with a variety of Builders. The teachers have a great relationship with us and really keep things rolling, so we are always active and engaged."
"This Building course has really helped me to reach my goal of completing a trade qualification and showing me what this industry is about."
The Shepparton TEC is a result of a review of secondary provision in the Shepparton and surrounding districts (Nathalia, Numurkah and Cobram) by the Hume Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
GOTAFE established a Shepparton TEC in 2008 to run vocational programs that compliment intermediate and senior VCAL and VCE programs for Year 11 and 12 students. Our William Orr and Fryers Street Campuses provide access to industry standard and state-of-the-art equipment and resources, while students undertaking Health Services and Allied Health Assistance study at GV Health.
Industry focussed VCAL programs aim to provide vocational education and training pathways for young people making them "work ready" for immediate employment in regional industries and businesses.
The Wangaratta TEC provides students with access to state-of-the-art and industry standard facilities such as:
Technology Preparation Laboratory - to introduce students to a range of technologies
Multi-trade workshop - to develop basic skills for the traditional trades
A CAD Laboratory - for computer aided design
A number of general classrooms - for literacy, numeracy, information and communications technology (ICT) and personal development
Open and flexible study spaces - with the latest computers and software
Student services - includes counselling and conference rooms
Student ammenities - includes a student lounge and lockers
Wangaratta Community Resource and Learning Centre