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Victorian Training Awards

Recognising the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

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We are excited to have one of our Teachers and Student be recognised as a finalists for the 65th Anniversary Victorian Training Awards.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector, with the winners announced at their gala event on Friday September 6 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Students, teachers, providers and businesses are encouraged to attend this night to showcase the best of the best in this sector.

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Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders

Teacher/Trainer of the Year Finalist

Training was never on Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders' radar as a career option. Raised in the education sector with teaching parents, step-parents and grandparents, she was determined to forge her own path.

It wasn’t until her mid-thirties, university and trade-qualified, that Jodi realised teaching might be a sensible career choice – allowing her to combine her skills as a qualified chef and her enjoyment of science amongst other subject areas. In 2009 destiny got the upper hand and she joined GOTAFE, teaching in the Hospitality and VCAL departments.

Jodi has an unwavering passion for achieving outcomes for all her students, ensuring her program delivery, resources and their format are all governed by what works best for her them.

VTA Finalist 2019 Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders

Jordan Gradon

Vocational Student of the Year Finalist

A short but sweet journey in the dairy industry so far is enough for Jordan Gradon to feel confident that her chosen pathway has set her up for life. When Jordan was presented with the opportunity to work as a calf rearer on a major dairy farm, she felt it was a dream come true. Having learnt ‘more than she could possibly have imagined’ through her Certificate, Jordan plans to undertake further studies to achieve her long-term career goal of becoming a Herd Health Manager or Farm Manager.

Her greatest hope is to encourage the younger generation, especially women, to understand and want to become involved in the agriculture industry.

VTA Finalist 2019 Jordan Gradon

GOTAFE selects outstanding trainers, students and learning programs to be nominated for the various VTA awards and represent GOTAFE.

Trainers are selected either via Peer Awards or through a nomination by management or fellow colleagues.

Students are usually acknowledged through a GOTAFE award ceremony such as Trade Awards or Student Recognition Ceremonies and go on to represent GOTAFE, usually the Outstanding Student of the Year for each campus is encouraged to apply.

In saying this, the awards are open to any trainer, student or employer who would like to self nominate or nominate for someone else and GOTAFE supports will support this nomination. You don’t have to be chosen by GOTAFE to apply, you just need to have a go.

Interested in applying?

GOTAFE can support your application in a number of ways, assist you to interpret the questions and write your responses, proof reading of your application or gather supporting evidence.