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New educational sites now open in Wangaratta and Mansfield COUNTRY Universities Centre Ovens-Murray opened new educational sites in Wangaratta and Mansfield in April this year to provide all higher education students with free study facilities. “Students can be studying at any university and doing any course and we can support them,” centre manager Mark van Bergen said. The Wangaratta site is equipped with dual-screen computers, highspeed internet, free printing and academic support and is open 7 days a week, from 7am to midnight. “It is a totally free service for students,” Mr van Bergen said. “When you have an assignment due or an exam to prepare for, having a physical space where you can move away from your kitchen table and the distraction of home can make such a difference.” Master of Nursing student, Stefania Piantavigna, is accessing the CUC while on student placement. “I am able to feel confident that I’ll always have good internet access at

HELPFUL AREA: Students studying any course and/or subject are welcome to use the facilities. PHOTO: Kurt Hickling

times when I need it,” she said. “To be able to attend classes and meetings and undertake my study with no technological issues is great.” The Wangaratta site is located on the GOTAFE campus in Docker St, Building F, behind the town library. Students can register for free at any time by visiting www.cucovensmurray. edu.au.

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Unleash your potential with Richmond HAVE you ever wondered what it takes to get a job within the sports industry or what pathways are available? Richmond Institute is the education arm of the Richmond Football Club and a leader in sports industry education, aiming to create the next generation of sports leaders. Through Richmond Football Club’s partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and their connection with industry organisations, they provide nationally recognised qualifications that include outstanding experiences, outcomes and pathways for students. All students are inspired to thrive and unleash their full potential throughout their time in the courses. Following the Richmond Football Club’s overall purpose, everyone is encouraged to connect to thrive and win. With a campus in Albury Wodonga, students learn from industry leaders in a supportive, world-class environment. Campus manager, Todd Jeanes, says that they learn skills and knowledge that will assist them to be successful both personally and professionally. “Students are guided throughout their journey with us so that they are confident in their next step, whether that be further education, employment or a combination of the two,” Mr Jeanes said. “We focus heavily on personal development throughout all courses on offer. “This allows students to better understand themselves whilst improving

TEAM TIGER: Albury Wodonga’s 2021 cohort have graduated and gone on to work in several areas of the sports industry.

their mental fitness, resilience and connection to others.” With a strong emphasis on practical learning, the highly skilled and experienced teaching team use a variety of teaching styles and methods to engage everyone. Learning is hands-on, practical and related to real-world and industry contexts. Graduates from the program in Albury Wodonga have gone on to work in local organisations including Aligned Leisure, the Murray Bushrangers and AFL North East Border in a number of different roles. For more information on Richmond Institute, head to www.richmondinstitute. com.au or find them on Facebook at Richmond Institute, Instagram @ richmond_institute or via email on rienquiries@richmondfc.com.au.

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Driving student placements to create the future workforce

GOING Rural Health, a government funded student placement and support program of the University of Melbourne, are a positive driving force behind student placements in Wangaratta schools and health services. Working closely with local services such as Wangaratta District Specialist School, Going Rural Health develop innovative student placements (Service Learning Placements) that fill crucial staffing gaps in rural healthcare while also creating unique learning opportunities for students. Service Learning Placements have been found to have a significant positive impact on health in local communities and develop students’ confidence as a health professional. Lindsey Humphries is a paediatric physiotherapist and Going Rural Health supervisor for physiotherapy students working with children with additional needs. “Every single group of students we’ve had has become a lot more comfortable with using alternative communication methods and structuring sessions that are appropriate for children with both physical and intellectual disabilities,” Lindsey said. “Compared to more traditional placement models, students have to be quite organised. “They have to submit evidence to demonstrate their competencies, set their plans and agendas to make use of their supervision time and have to be more

SUPERVISING ROLE: Lindsey Humphries is a local paediatric physiotherapist in Wangaratta and Going Rural Health placement supervisor.

independent to liaise with the teachers and other allied health staff rather than wait for a more senior physiotherapist to take the lead. “It’s a really good stepping stone for

students to become more independent and to get that employment opportunity afterwards. “They realise they have the capability to do the job as a physiotherapist.”

To find out more about student placements through the Service Learning Placement model, visit the Going Rural Health website: www.goingruralhealth. com.au.


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Training and assessment options at 1 Stop WITH campuses in Wangaratta, Bundalong and Barmah, 1 Stop Driving School is centrally placed to deliver high quality training across a range of fields. Locally owned for the past 10 years, 1 Stop specialises in truck licensing from light rigid to multi combination, forklifts, earthmoving plant and equipment, elevated work platform, white card, first aid, traffic control and much more. They take pride in offering and delivering training and assessment in the fields of civil construction plant operations and driving operations. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #40729), 1 Stop has earnt the reputation as a leader in the provision of flexible and innovative services. 1 Stop’s goal is to provide students with a safe, fair and supported environment to participate in their training and assessment, and to ensure they are job ready. They believe that every

individual matters and that everyone has the potential to learn new skills and gain new knowledge. They strive to inspire confidence, belief and value in vocational education for the individual, the employer, and the industry. Their core values include: • Providing high quality, flexible training to meet student and employer needs; • To promote safety; • To be flexible; • To be fair; • To act with integrity and professionalism; • To be innovative; and • To be honest, trustworthy and transparent. If you are currently employed in, or want to enter, sectors such as civil construction (plant operations), forestry or timber, road transport, driver training and license endorsement, materials handling, industrial licensing or maritime, 1 Stop Driving School can help you get the qualifications you need to succeed.

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A REDSTART is a great start to a fulfilling career in agriculture AGRICULTURAL Machinery dealership group O’Connors has formalised their approach to apprenticeship recruitment and training through their REDSTART Apprenticeship program. “O’Connors has long been committed to apprentices and the philosophy of growing our own and have now formalised this into the REDSTART Apprenticeship Program,” O’Connors HR manager, Lisa Day said. “We want this program to attract the best possible candidates and applicants accepted into the program each year to be rewarded through a first-class apprenticeship program filled with incentives only on offer to the REDSTART trainees,” she said. REDSTART apprentices will attend TAFENSW located in Wagga Wagga who have a dedicated Case IH training centre where apprentices will have the opportunity to complete their training working on the latest product range from Case IH. All successful candidates will be enrolled into the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology which includes CASE IH specific training at the dedicated facility. Wayne Sibrey, head teacher of automotive is responsible for delivering the program to REDSTART apprentices. “No other training organisation or facility offers this type of dedicated ag mechanical training,” Wayne said. “”We have a partnership with Case IH who supply the latest machinery and

PERFECT START: Apprentices at O’Connor’s are given all the hands-on experience needed to succeed in real-world environments.

components for the program, ensuring our students are given access to the most up-todate and advanced equipment. “We know that apprentices need to

have hands-on experience in real-world environments and we deliver that on a 140acre working farm. “The farm allows us to implement faults,

test and repair in the workshop and test drive under real in-paddock conditions. “We can install and program GPS Systems and simulate real life scenarios.” Other incentives include a Kincrome toolbox and tools valued at $5000, additional internal training, REDSTART conferences involving all apprentices who come together for activities, training and professional development. Corey Bell - a qualified service technician at the O’Connors Warracknabeal branch in the Wimmera region of Victoria - completed his apprenticeship within the dealership. “Work as a diesel mechanic for O’Connors is hugely rewarding and satisfying,” Corey said. “We’re given the responsibility and autonomy to problem solve and diagnose faults to find the root cause of the client’s issues and to implement the solutions as required to rectify the problems. “Working with such high-tech and powerful equipment and knowing that we are part of the support mechanism that ensures that farmers can continue to grow the food we need to feed the world is a great feeling.” Applications for the 2022 REDSTART program are now open until August 29. For further information or to apply visit https://www.oconnorscareers.com.au/ apprenticeship-program/ or contact Tim Nagorcka on 0448 598 000 or tnagorcka@ jjoconnor.com.au.

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CVGT launches fresh, new look AS 40 years in operation approaches, CVGT is evolving with a new name and a fresh new look. This month the organisation became known as CVGT Employment, with a new trading name but the same dedication to serving communities. “The new name is designed to better reflect our purpose of finding people meaningful employment, while also making it easier for the community to recognise what we do,” chair Liz Corbett said. “The logo was also created to demonstrate our commitment to creating connections between participants and employers, between our business and the community.” Chief executive officer Jason Russell said that those ideals and values will remain at the heart of the organisation, which remains a not-for-profit, for-purpose charity. “It’s an exciting time for the organisation as we approach our 40th anniversary,” Mr Russell said. “We think this new look reflects our history while also giving us a clearer identity.” CVGT Employment will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023. The organisation was formed to help young unemployed people in Bendigo, and now serves communities across three states from more than 120 sites. When you connect with CVGT Employment, you get access to an experienced team who understand your needs and your community. They’re with you every step of the way and once you are in a job, they are there to help you keep it. There is support available for

FRIENDLY SERVICE: Teisha, Bryden and Jaclyn are part of CVGT Employment’s experienced and dedicated team.

traineeships and apprenticeships, for parents wanting to return to the workforce, and people struggling with injury, illness or disability.

Inclusive employment solutions.

CVGT Employment is also a provider for the federal government’s new Workforce Australia program across the Goulburn Murray region.

You can learn more about how CVGT can help you to find meaningful work, or support your business to grow by visiting cvgt.com.au or calling 132 848.

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On the road to a new career CONSIDERING a career in automotive? Get behind the wheel of your career at the Traineeship and Apprentice evening this July at Wangaratta Toyota. With a career at Wangaratta Motor Group there are many avenues to explore your interests. From a career in sales and administration through to fabricating and welding, paint and panel apprenticeships, automotive or heavy vehicle apprenticeships, motorcycle apprenticeships or construction or even agricultural machinery apprenticeships, there is a career path to suit everyone. Ashton Siperki was excited to join the team at Wangaratta Toyota after completing his VCE in 2021 and works in a sales role. “The best part of my job is in dealing with a huge range of customers and colleagues,” he said. “It is a really good team environment and I enjoy the people I get to work with. “It’s a great community to be involved in. “There is always something to do in this job, and I

particularly enjoy how fastpaced the sales role is.” Jon York has been a senior technician in the Nissan and Subaru Workshop at Wangaratta Motor Group for more than nine years. “The role of a technician has changed a lot since I started my apprenticeship,” Jon said. “There are more areas you need to be skilled in, with hybrid and electric cars becoming more popular. “I enjoy the challenge this presents, especially when I can take someone’s headache and solve their car problem. “I find it really rewarding.” Wangaratta Motor Group has a range of traineeship and apprenticeship options launching in 2022 so join them at their interactive and hands-on Information workshop this July. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths and chat with the friendly staff about their experience working in the automotive industry. To find out more or to register your place, head to wangarattamotorgroup.com. au/apprentice-open-night/.

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Gain real-world experience while you study AT GOTAFE, their vocational training courses are designed to give you real-world experience to set you up for success in the workforce. When you decide to take control of your future and do the new you, choose GOTAFE to help you get there with job ready skills. GOTAFE is a major sponsor of GVL and OMFNL and many of their students play in the leagues. Local footballers and GOTAFE students, Jack Lear and Jai Carn not only share a passion for their sport, they’re also third year electrotechnology apprentices. After completing high school, Jack went on to study at university, but felt like it wasn’t right for him. Jack did some research and after considering all his options, he decided to enrol in a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (UEE30811) at GOTAFE. Electrotechnology

HANDS ON: Students have the opportunity for practical learning in classes including electrical at GOTAFE.

is something Jack has always interested in and by studying his apprenticeship at GOTAFE he is gaining real-world experience. “The hands-on education makes it a lot easier to learn,” he said. There’s a lot more to

being an electrician than plugs and switches. You’ll work with all sorts of people and in all sorts of environments. GOTAFE students learn in fully equipped workshops to develop practical skills including installing, testing,



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repairing, and maintaining electrical systems and equipment to work on a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial projects. Jack is now in his final year of his apprenticeship and is looking forward to

becoming fully qualified and pursuing a career in the field he loves. Jai also decided to study Electrotechnology at GOTAFE and enjoys the flexible and varied learning environment. Undertaking his

apprenticeship through GOTAFE has given Jai the ability to work in a field he is passionate about and set him up for future success. “It gives people opportunities outside mainstream pathways to get an education and potentially get a job as well,” Jai said. For Jai, his education is about more than just getting a qualification. Making friendships and having new experiences is important. “Meeting new people is probably one thing I really like about GOTAFE,” he said. Whatever your passion, GOTAFE can help put you on the path to where you want to be. With more than 120 courses, including free TAFE priority courses, you’re sure to find something you love at GOTAFE. Visit their Open Day at the Docker Street Wangaratta Campus from 10am until 2pm on Saturday August 20 and find out how to do the new you.

DO THE NEW YOU AT GOTAFE FIND OUT WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! Bring your family and friends along. There will be fun games, activities and food for all to enjoy. Career advice Workshops Demonstrations Campus tours Free food and coffee Live music Loads of fun activities


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Make your gap year count CONNEX Group offer a unique gap year and cadetship program which gives young people the chance to remain living locally, while gaining experience in the construction industry. Connex Group is a multidisciplinary company which provides engineering design consultancy and a specialist workshop fabrication modelling service. Cadets have exposure to a client base which includes steel fabricators, structural detailers, engineers, architects and project managers and complete several short courses to add to their skill set. They have access to the Achievement Program, a state government health and wellbeing initiative which focuses on areas such as healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health and wellbeing. There is potential through the Connex program for further casual and full-time employment during chosen studies, as well as an industry pathway post-study. Connex offers the ability to study through TAFE institutes, in a tailored

Engineering Drafting Certificate IV, if the cadet chooses to follow more technical paths. Connex Group general manager/director Kevin Feldtmann said he loved the idea of offering opportunities local young people may not otherwise have in their region. “The program is suited to local students with an interest in visual communications, maths, engineering and project management or fabrication,” he said. “Cadets will have their core jobs to do, but will also get out onsite with our engineers; we want to give them a broad experience in the industry.” Three cadets started the program in 2022 through Connex’s mentor partnership with La Trobe University in Engineering. The students have been exposed to the university’s lifestyle through campus visits and online mentorships. “We are very pleased to have partnered up with La Trobe and look forward to a long relationship with them,” Mr Feldtmann said. So far they have rotated

STUDENT: Ryan Falconer has been gaining plenty of knowledge through his cadetship with Connex. PHOTO: Kurt Hickling

through our steel detailing and structural engineering departments and they are about to be rotated through steel fabrication with one of our close industry partners. Sarah Long graduated from Cathedral College Wangaratta last year and is interested in design and the construction industry. Liam Suter graduated from Wangaratta High School last year and is interested in engineering and innovation in general. Ryan Falconer graduated from Galen Catholic College with an interest in the field of engineering and is gaining knowledge in structural engineering and the drafting and 3D modelling space.

By the end of their 12 months, the cadets will have had exposure to projects from initial structural design and detailing, to fabrication, project management and site erection giving them a broad understanding of the greater construction industry. All students who participate in the Connex Group Cadetship program will receive an automatic placement into Engineering at La Trobe’s Bendigo Campus. For further information visit www.connexgroup. com.au/gap-year-cadetshipprogram/ or contact Tim Long at tim@connexgroup. com.au.

GAP YEAR OPTIONS: Tim Long and Kevin Feldtmann were on hand at the NE Tracks Hands-On Careers Expo in May. PHOTO: Belinda Harrison


We at Connex Group are eager to employ local young people who have a passion for the construction industry and an eagerness to learn. We have always grown with our people, starting them from entry level and giving them all the opportunities to grow with us.

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Mignon’s tackling mental health in the regions By Lakshmi Ganapathy

MIGNON Dickson didn’t know what she wanted to do when she left school, but after years of working in hospitality, the 35 year old felt it was time for a change. She was drawn to a Bachelor of Social Work at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus, wanting to work in child protection and mental health. “My eldest daughter’s grandparents do foster care,” Ms Dickson said. “I’ve seen the system, I’ve seen the bad side of it, but I’ve also seen the amazing side of it. “I want to help children, to show them that life is okay, even though they’ve been through what they’ve been through.” Ms Dickson’s passion has inspired her to take on the Rural Health Innovation Sprint - a five day intensive where students from a variety of disciplines collaborate on a common health issue. “It’s been this crazy, hectic, amazing process,” she said. “There’s social workers, there’s a psychology student, biomed,

nursing, but when we’re all in a room and discussing, something just clicks.” Run by the La Trobe Rural Health School, this year’s sprint focuses on youth mental health. Mignon’s group explored how to empower youth to tackle their mental health before they reach crisis point, thus reducing the strain on emergency services. “I feel like we need to make it part of everyday conversation - we need to let them know it’s normal so they know not to bottle it up,” she said. The seven students involved engaged with a variety of organisations, including headspace, Retro Café Youth council and the Albury-Wodonga council, presenting their findings on Friday in a showcase event. The Sprint has given Mignon lots to think about when it comes to helping youth. “Throughout our conversations with them, there was a common theme; a strong connection to their communities and family. “Those bonds are the strong foundations needed to help support each other and improve mental health.”

SPRINT: Students from a variety of disciplines including Mignon Dickson (right) collaborated on a common health issue during the Rural Health Innovation Sprint.


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