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Local entrepreneur rejoins GOTAFE as Director

GOTAFE has appointed Luke Surace as its new Director Trades and Built Environment following a competitive recruitment process.

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Post date: 14th April 2022

Mr Surace joins GOTAFE from The Academy, a learning institution that provides leading-edge educational programs and vocational training for students in years 11 and 12 with a passion for sports, particularly AFL.

As Director and Co-founder, Luke created real-world programs designed for practical learners, which fostered passion in disengaged students. Luke partnered with GOTAFE to deliver this innovative program to students across Victoria, including in his hometown Wangaratta.

Luke has a long history with GOTAFE, originally completing his Diploma of Graphic Design in 2007. Two years later, he returned to complete a Diploma of Education and Training before working as a sessional Graphic Design Educator and eventually becoming a Course Coordinator.

During his tenure as Course Coordinator, Luke developed initiatives to increase student contact hours and was instrumental in leading the iPad project team, incorporating iPads into course delivery across GOTAFE, and providing inter-departmental support to staff.

“I am thrilled to accept this exciting role and to be back at GOTAFE, leading a team of industry experts in an in-demand field," Luke said.

"I am passionate about developing new learning models to improve educational outcomes for young people and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."

Luke Surace, GOTAFE Director Trades and Built Environment

Nick Gray, Acting CEO GOTAFE congratulated Mr Surace on his appointment, “Luke was an exemplary candidate with a unique education background, and we are very pleased that he has accepted the position.”

Luke’s appointment will lead training and education for automotive, engineering, electrotechnology, building construction, plumbing, and refrigeration. The current skills shortage and increased demand for courses in this sector are reflected in the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE Priority Courses.

Eligible courses include Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110), Certificate IV in Engineering (MEM40119), and Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service (CPC40912).

“We are delighted to have Luke as part of the team once again. He has a diverse background and skill set that will be a fantastic addition to GOTAFE. I am sure he will work with the team to continue delivering high-quality training and integrate innovation in everything that we do,” Mr Gray added.

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