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GOTAFE Trainer up for Australian Trainer of the Year

GOTAFE trainer Jodi Rechsteiner is hoping to take home the prestigious award at the the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November.

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Post date: 21st November 2019

The Australian Training Awards recognise apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers and more who are demonstrating excellence in vocational education and training at a national level.

“We are thrilled that Jodi is now in the running to be recognised as Australia’s Trainer of the Year. Jodi is an exceptional teacher who demonstrates an unwavering passion for her students," said GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney.

Jodi won the Victorian Trainer of the Year at the 65th Annual Victorian Training Awards in September where she paid tribute to her GOTAFE team and her students. “I am part of a fantastic team at GOTAFE and this award recognises the work of a lot of people, not just myself. It is incredible to be recognised for the job that I love doing, supporting and developing students and seeing them grow in confidence and improving their skills every day.” Jodi said.

The VCAL students that Jodi works with have been busy fundraising so they could also make the trip to Brisbane to support Jodi. The eight students who are aged between 16-21 years have sought alternatives to traditional main stream education. GOTAFE has provided them with many opportunities to continue their learning in a way that suits their individual needs. Jodi has been a tremendous influence on these students so it was only fitting that they wanted to head to Queensland to support her.

The group of students met with CEO Travis Heeney earlier this year to outline their plans as part of their Personal Development Skills unit of study. The personal skills unit is designed to develop knowledge, skills and attributes that lead towards: The development of self, social responsibility, building community and improved self-confidence and self-esteem.

With the full support of Mr Heeney, students have held many fundraising activities including a car wash, art show and auction, plant sales and barbecues. Whilst the students are not able to attend the awards dinner, they are proud to be in Brisbane to support Jodi. VCAL student Kyle says, “We are really proud of Jodi.” Whilst in Brisbane the students will also tour the city, visit the beach and have a dinner at Southbank to celebrate with their trainer.

Mr. Heeney said “Jodi is a great example of the passion and commitment shown by our teachers and trainers at GOTAFE. Our trainers have all worked in industry and bring that passion to their classrooms. At GOTAFE, our students gain an understanding of the real skills required for the workforce from their trainers and teachers. We wish Jodi the very best of luck.”

The winners of the Australian Training Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November.

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