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South West TAFE & Rheem: Partners in Plumbing!
Training gives plumbers the skills and knowledge
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For over ten years South West TAFE and Rheem have been partners in providing training to plumbers of south west Victoria. 

Rheem’s Jon Palfrey held the latest free training session in South West TAFE’s plumbing facilities at the Warrnambool Campus in late February. Focusing on changes to their collection of domestic hot water units and highlighting their new 6 star energy rated Rheem Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water Units, the plumbers that attended gained valuable knowledge about changes to their industry. 

“Rheem is proud to work with South West TAFE to better the skills of the region’s plumbers and are very appreciative of the access given to their facilities,” said Jon.

The training gives plumbers the skills and knowledge to keep ahead of the curve as the plumbing industry continues to evolve. Topics like sustainability, efficiency and alternative energy technologies are covered in these sessions, with an emphasis on how plumbers can put their new skills and knowledge into practice.

South West TAFE Plumbing Trainer, Ian Fletcher said the partnership with Rheem was win-win-win.

“Rheem are able to teach plumbers about their latest products, plumbers of the region gain the skills to remain competitive and South West TAFE’s trainers and students gain access to the very latest industry knowledge and equipment,” said Ian.

Another two sessions are planned in 2014. The first, in July, will provide further information about Rheem’s domestic range of products, and the second, in November, focuses on their commercial hot water units. If you would like to find out how to attend the next session, please call Ian Fletcher or James Langston on 1300 648 911 or email

If you are interested in beginning your own plumbing career, click here to find out about our innovative Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship.
Dilani works hard to seize her opportunity
Career in nursing
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After a lot of travel, study, hard work and career changes, Sri Lankan migrant Dilani Mendis, with her children Dasindu, 11 (left) and Sanduni, 10, is proud to be known as an Aussie. 

COMING to Australia was a dream that Dilani Mendis had held since she was a teenager in Sri Lanka. She had uncles who had lived in Sydney for many years who told her stories about how Australia offered a better life and opportunities than her homeland.

Unable to study medicine in Sri Lanka, Ms Mendis and her young family came to Australia in 2009.

She is presently studying in Warrnambool for a career in nursing. To reach that point she has undertaken extensive studies, gone through career changes and commuted long distances to work away from her family.

She and her two young children took their commitment to Australia a step further when they were among the 14 people who gained Australian citizenship at Warrnambool’s Australia Day ceremony last month.

Ms Mendis studied and worked in banking in Sri Lanka after being unable to get into medical school.

She met her husband, Lanka Maddag, in the banking industry but their application to come to Australia as skilled migrants was unsuccessful because bankers were not in demand.
Undeterred, the family’s next step was to outlay considerable funds for Ms Mendis to come to Melbourne to study hospitality management and become a chef.

The move tied in with Ms Mendis’ talent for cooking and the course enabled the family to come to Australia.

Her husband worked as a plasterer in Melbourne while Ms Mendis spent two years training to be a chef and working in aged care and hospitality. Once qualified in continental cooking, Ms Mendis expanded her skills further when she landed a job working in a Thai restaurant on Phillip Island. Her family remained in Melbourne while she made the long commute.

Her stint on the island exposed her to the pleasures of living in regional Victoria and the family looked to a future outside the capital. In 2012 they moved to Warrnambool, where Ms Mendis eventually found work in food service at Warrnambool’s Mercy Place aged care residence while her husband worked at Midfield Meat. Ms Mendis said her time at Mercy Place helped her to realise her true passion was to work in health. While studying nursing she now works at mercy Place as a personal care attendant. Ms Mendis said a wonderful moment was when she went to work at Mercy Place after gaining Australian citizenship and the residents welcomed her as an “Aussie.”

Story provided by the Warrnambool Standard
Rewarding Outlook for Tourism Graduates
South West TAFE’s Tourism
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With recent findings by the Victorian Government stating South West Victoria has the state’s most valuable regional tourism industry, generating 20,000 jobs in the region, there has never been a better time to study a tourism course at South West TAFE.

Tourism is one of the most vibrant and exciting industries in Australia. What other industry gives you fantastic job outcomes in a diverse range of fields, the chance to combine your passion for travel and discovering new places, and the opportunity to meet some amazing people along the way.

According to the Australian Government tourism is vital to the Australian economy. It is worth $107 billion and directly employs more than half a million Australians.
South West TAFE’s Tourism courses give students the skills needed to gain employment in the industry, allowing them to share in the region’s tourism success. Tourism courses are driven by industry demand giving students practical, relevant skills ready to hit the ground running.

South West TAFE Tourism qualifications can be studied on campus and online allowing people from all over the state to access and complete the qualifications.

South West TAFE Tourism Coordinator Katrina Barnes said ‘100% of our 2013 Diploma of Tourism students gained employment in various fields within the Tourism Industry. ‘

Student placements rate highly in program delivery with opportunities to gain first class skills and knowledge at a range of festivals, regional events and on the annual four week placement in Alice Springs. Students are also involved heavily with the Award winning Fun4Kids festival held annually in Warrnambool.

Trades and Technology Skills Awards 2013
Presented by SWTAFE
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Trades and Technology Skills Awards 2013

More than 200 people gathered at the City Memorial Bowls Club to attend South West TAFE’s 2013 Trades and Technology Skills awards night.
The event, attended by a range of local employers, sponsors and industry partners, celebrated the achievements of South West TAFE’s most outstanding students in the areas of Automotive, Carpentry, Cabinet Making, Electrical, Engineering and Plumbing.

The annual awards night recognised students at all qualification levels – VET in Schools, School Based Apprentices, Pre-Apprentices, 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Apprentices and Certificate IV level students.  

The award recipients included:

Outstanding Apprentice of the Year—Automotive:
Nicholas McKenzie (Wheelie Waste)
Brian Smith Award (Excellence in Effort)– Carpentry
Lenny Rhind (Warrnambool Builders)
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year—Carpentry:
David Kingan (Terry Watt Builder) 
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year—Cabinet Making:
Harry Pappas (South West Kitchens)
Jimmy Leahy Award—Electrical:
Matt Collins (Work Co Horsham)
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year—Electrical: 
Taylor McKenry (Troymac Electrical)
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year)—Engineering (Mechanical Trade):
Simon Parry (Portland Aluminium)
Andy Kinnear Award (Strive for Excellence)—Engineering:
Kane Rogers (Sobey Services)
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year - Engineering (Fabrication Trade):
Kane Rogers (Sobey Services)
Brian Crichton Endeavour Award – Plumbing:
Jack Sheehan (Westvic Construction & Plumbing)
Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Plumbing:
Justin Sarra (Cri-tech Plumbing)

Congratulations to all of the award winners. We wish you the best of luck in your careers.

Click here for information on the Trades Programs on offer at South West TAFE: Trades Programs

End of Year Exhibition & Night Markets
Friday 22 November
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South West TAFE invites you to attend the Centre for Creative Arts End of Year Exhibition and Night Markets held in conjunction with F Project.

End of Year Exhibition
7pm – 9pm
Drinks and canapés provided
View the wide range of work created by Centre for Creative Arts students in 2013

Night Markets
6pm – 9pm
View local artists’ work, sample food and take a stroll through our night markets to coincide with the exhibition.

Centre for Creative Arts, Building E,
South West TAFE, Warrnambool Campus.

End of Year Exhibition & Night Markets

Mark Olive Shows Students
Visiting celebrity chef Mark Olive
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It wasn’t just another day in the kitchen for South West TAFE students on Tuesday who worked with visiting celebrity chef Mark Olive and indigenous ingredients including kangaroo, emu and locally sourced herbs,  as part of the Great Ocean Road Food Adventure. The culinary event, which included an eight course degustation menu, organised by Shipwreck Coast Marketing and the students helped with preparation and service at the ‘Hunter and Gatherer’ themed dinner on Wednesday evening.
The menu included prime local ingredients and boutique wines from the around region to highlight the diverse local products available and lesser known indigenous ingredients, including herbs growing locally at Tower Hill and other locations.

South West TAFE Commercial Cookery teacher Troy Saulitis said working with the celebrity chef inspired the students. “ It was a fantastic opportunity.  It’s very beneficial and they will learn from the experience. The students are aware of who Mark is and are very excited to have him coming into the kitchen and are eagerly awaiting,” he said. The Certificate III Commercial Cookery students will participate in a three hour hands-on workshop with Mr Olive on Tuesday. They will learn about the herbs and use practical skills to prepare some of the menu items in South West TAFE’s large production kitchen which has the latest cooking technology. Some students will also serve meals to up to 150 people at the Pavilion Café and Bar during the three and a half hour service period.

Mr Saulitis said the students had experience working with emu, kangaroo and crocodile products as part of their course, but not the native herbs and the way in which they will be used in the cooking.
“They’ll be using basic methods of cookery. The techniques they’ve learnt; techniques and precision cuts and different methods of cookery which will be applied to Mark’s menu on Wednesday night,” Mr Saulitis said. “We were involved a couple of years ago and it’s fantastic for myself and the students to have a high profile chef come down and to learn from them and their experiences,” Mr Saulitis added.

Shipwreck Coast Marketing CEO Carole Reid said the event showcased the diversity of local products available and would encourage south-west chefs to increase the local products featured on their menus.
South West TAFE is a member of Shipwreck Coast Marketing and a sponsor of the event and there are strong links between the two organisations.

South West TAFE students have participated in other Shipwreck Coast Marketing industry events and Ms Reid said it was important to expose students to industry leaders and provide regional learning opportunities.
Mr Saulitis said the students had regular experience catering for large events to develop their skills and knowledge and prepare them for future employment.
“It’s good to have exposure to high quality chefs for sure. It’s great to be involved in real industry events,” Mr Saulitis said.

Stand out in the job market
South West TAFE Tourism and Events students stand out in the job market
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According to Warrnambool City Council Manager of Tourism Services Peter Abbott – South West TAFE Tourism and Events  students stand out in the job market with their broad student placement opportunities. Mr Abbott said the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre and Flagstaff Hill regularly hosted South West TAFE Tourism students for work placements and said the training they receive provided a real point of difference. He values the hands-on and relevant industry training South West TAFE provides.

With a longstanding relationship with South West TAFE Mr Abbott said a number of Tourism & Events students gained paid employment  with the centre as a result of their training and ability demonstrated during their placement. He said the course covered a broad study area which helped prepare the students for the industry.

“Being one of the bigger tourist attractions in town, it’s a good grounding for people interested in being involved in tourism. We try to expose them to all parts of our business, whether it’s the Visitor Information Centre, our reception desk, our retail area, our museum and the Sound & Light Show as well,” Mr Abbott said. He said the practical course taught students the value of tourism to the south-west in a competitive market, and about projecting the region positively to visitors. “ Applying for jobs is a competitive market and you want to provide some point of difference for yourself from other applicants, and I think that a TAFE program helps to provide that point of difference’, Mr Abbott said.

A great example of what can be achieved with a South West TAFE qualification is student Cindy Kelly. Cindy completed a student placement at the Visitor Information Centre in 2009, gained employment in a customer service, sales and information role and was the successful applicant for the public programs coordinator position advertised recently. Cindy felt equipped for her first student placement and hasn’t looked back. “I feel I walked in there fully prepared because of the industry knowledge we gained. TAFE definitely prepared us for going into work placement. One of the reasons I was told I got the job was because of this, and so I started my career at Flagstaff Hill,” Cindy said. “It’s been a tremendous ride and definitely something I would advocate to anyone that’s looking into the (tourism) field to do,” Cindy said.

Diploma paves way for employment
South West TAFE Diploma of Conservation and Land Management graduate Jacki McKay at the Wannon Falls Reserve.
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Land Health Manager Bret Ryan values South West TAFE’s training so highly that when recruiting staff he chose a candidate who had studied the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at South West TAFE.

Bret Ryan, former Regional Landcare Facilitator, who was recently appointed Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Land Health Manager, needed to find someone to fill his original role.

He chose an applicant who had completed the diploma with SW TAFE because he knew they had the practical training and industry based skills and experience required for the role.

“I absolutely value it, I think I probably value it more than anything,” Mr Ryan said about TAFE training.

Diploma of Conservation and Land Management course co-ordinator Bill Murphy said the diploma was the nationally recognised entry-level course required to work for Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Greening Australia, catchment management authorities and other agencies.

The blended delivery course includes online theory and monthly field-based workshops at various south-west sites where students hear from specialists in areas including catchment and land management; biodiversity; biological surveying; fauna management; erosion control; pest animal control; plant control and re-vegetation.
“A large proportion of course content is online - students can study in their own time and still maintain their employment,” said Mr Murphy.

Another graduate who values South West TAFE’s training is Jacki McKay who returned to study the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management after 20 years out of study to broaden her knowledge and further her career.

Jacki works for the Department of Environment and Primary Industries in a business management role and hopes to gain a forest management role in the future.
The course’s flexibility enabled Ms McKay to work full time and balance family commitments, while furthering her education.

“I’ve also looked into going to get a degree in Environmental Science. This has given me enough knowledge to go and do a degree now,” she said.

To find out more about this course click here:

Diploma of Conservation & Land Management

Active Volunteering makes its mark in Portland
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Recognising that as the population ages, the need for skilled volunteers will increase; South West TAFE has recently introduced a course providing the necessary skills and certification to positively volunteer in the community.
More than 35 people registered for the 10 week Active Volunteering course offered at the Portland campus, which equips them with the practical skills and knowledge to be an effective volunteer, and feedback on the new course is positive.

Active Volunteering teacher Lisa Addinsall consulted with industry bodies prior to the course’s introduction, to ensure it was relevant and provided the skills and supporting documentation to benefit individuals, charities and organisations.

“We wanted students, when they finished this course, to have a first aid certificate, a police check, food handling, Occupational Health and Safety and communication skills. They’ve got those qualifications, it’s about being well prepared” Mrs Addinsall said.

Class participants ranged from teenagers completing VCAL subjects to senior residents in their sixties.
“It’s a great introductory course for young people as well. It gives them really good communication skills, Occupational Health and Safety, team working skills, rights and responsibilities. We’ve broken it into those areas so young people are learning things that would support them in their growing-up journey, as well as if they were out in the workplace,” Mrs Addinsall said.

Glenelg Shire mayor Karen Stephens welcomed the introduction of the South West TAFE certificate.
“With volunteers across the shire giving up their time to contribute to range of diverse activities, it is fantastic to see a program that supports our volunteers and encourages them to upgrade their skills,” Cr Stephens said.

Loaves and Fishes are the main provider of charitable food services in the Portland area and centre coordinator Fran Nancarrow said they could not operate without their loyal band of volunteers. Five of the centre’s volunteers completed the Certificate II course this term.

“If people are taking a course like this, prior to even volunteering anywhere, it is really helpful because they’ve already got the basic knowledge of confidentiality and why they’re here.

“It helps me a lot because we have to do all our training in-house otherwise. To have a lot of these things already ticked off before we have a volunteer is great,” Mrs Nancarrow added.

The Certificate II in Active Volunteering will run in term four and begins on October 11 at the Portland campus. There will be an information session on November 14 at the Portland Campus for people interested in studying the certificate next year.

If you would like to mark your mark in a volunteering role click here:

Certificate II in Active Volunteering

Qualified Wool Workers in High Demand
Casterton shearing contractor Ewan Herring with employee and South West TAFE wool student Angela Mutch
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Casterton shearing contractor Ewan Herring chose South West TAFE for their quality on-the-job training that is both convenient and relevant. With qualified workers in demand, the ability to earn good money after completing their training is appealing for those considering a career in the wool industry.
Along with his wife Christine, Mr Herring encouraged their workers to do the South West TAFE course, as they valued the quality of the training it provided. Mr Herring said wool classing was a popular career choice, especially for their female workers.

South West TAFE Wool Programs teacher Stuart MacPherson said there was a demand for qualified handlers and classers.

“A wool classer’s position is a very important position in the shearing shed. They’re a quality control person and they also train and supervise wool handlers.

“Many contractors are finding it difficult to have wool classers available to do the work that’s out there,” Mr MacPherson said.

“Graduates of the Certificate IV in Wool Classing course will be entitled to apply to the Australian Wool Exchange for registration as an Australian Woolclasser.”

“There are a range of wool courses and traineeships available to suit both the student and the employer’s needs,” he added.

South West TAFE’s small class sizes provide a personal training approach and fresh wool is regularly brought down from Melbourne so students can work and experience different varieties.

Paige Cameron, 24, completed the wool classing certificate at South West TAFE in April.

“I had worked in the sheds as a roustabout for quite a while, and there was less and less wool classers around, so I thought I’d become a wool classer.”

She said the training, which offers convenient night classes,  was relevant and interesting and helped her complete the course in 10 months.

Angela Mutch, 23, currently completing the certificate agreed, “I didn’t realise there was so much to know about wool until I started my course. There really is a lot to learn.”

Information sessions for South West TAFE’s Wool Programs will be held at SWTAFE’s Hammond Street site on October 9, 2013 and January 22, 2014 at 2pm and 6pm.

If you would like to begin your own rewarding career in the wool industry click here:

Certificate IV in Woolclassing

Outstanding VET in Schools Award Winner Announced!
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South West TAFE has kicked off its annual awards process with the announcement of the Outstanding Vet in Schools Student Award for 2013.  This is the first year this award has been included in the awards line up and we are pleased to announce Max Grieves from Warrnambool College as the inaugural winner. Max is studying Certificate II in Building as part of his VCE at Warrnambool College. 

Max is keen to pursue a career in construction, and felt that undertaking the VET in Schools program while completing his VCE would not only give him more options in the industry, but would also give him the option to go to university if he wanted qualifications beyond the builders licence gained through an apprenticeship.

Max was awarded the honour for his high level of self-motivation and dedication to pursuing future career goals, his positive effort and passion for his area of study – plus his commitment approach to both his secondary school and TAFE studies.

Rising Star awards were awarded to Media student Ashley Young from Derrinallum College and Sport and Recreation student Penny Smith from Warrnambool’s Kings College.

Other nominees for the award were CISCO student Matt McNeil from Warrnambool College, Fashion student Emily Bouchier from Brauer College, Hairdressing student Brittany Lindsay from Timboon P-12 College and Make-Up student Vanessa Crothers from King’s College.

South West TAFE delivers VETiS programs to over 750 students to around 40 secondary schools across the south west region and beyond. Year 10, 11 and 12 students can undertake VETiS programs while completing their VCAL or VCE.  

Programs provide a qualification or partial completion of Certificate II or III and are designed to give an overview/ introduction to the industry.  Courses offered include; Engineering, Automotive, Carpentry, Fashion, Hairdressing, Make-up, Media, Sport, Community Services, Furnishings, Plumbing, Hospitality, CISCO, Music, Equine and Health.

Awardees will be presented as part of the 2013 Graduation and Awards Ceremony being held in December.

Putting fun in Education
Learning doesn’t have to be boring
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Learning doesn’t have to be boring....just ask any of South West TAFE’s VCAL students. From outdoor education camps to helping with the Hamilton skate park development, their educational experience is complimented with real life projects.

While learning valuable life and work skills at South West TAFE, the students are also contributing to the Hamilton community. As part of their most recent project, the students are working with the Southern Grampians Shire Recreation Manager Jason Thomas, helping with ideas and the promotion of the skate park development, which if funding applications are successful, will be under construction this time next year.

VCAL teacher Andrew Conquest said each semester the VCAL class participated in a community-based project to engage them in the local community. The students jumped at the chance to help with ideas and be involved with the skate park project which will provide an active outlet for Hamilton’s youth. Using Illustrator and Photoshop, the VCAL students are working on the park’s branding, making posters and screen printing logos onto T-shirts and hoodies with art teacher Sid Sprague. Mr Thomas said the students’ involvement was beneficial to council as they had come up with valid feedback, ideas and suggestions. “The students give input on what is important to have included in community infrastructure from a youth perspective,” Mr Thomas said. Mr Conquest said the students were excited about their involvement in the skate park project.

‘A benefit of doing VCAL at TAFE is that it is a lot less simulated. The students really do go on excursions, and get out in the community – it is genuinely hands on. They actively participate as much as possible, to do projects and not just be stuck in a classroom’.

Blake Moritz, 18, is completing VCAL and Certificate II in Automotive at the Hamilton campus. He prefers practical learning and has enjoyed all projects and camps this year. “It’s better to get out there, than sit inside and stare at a computer screen all day,” Blake said. Blake likes the supportive adult learning environment TAFE provides. “It’s like they’re guiding us through, making sure we’re doing it right, rather than pushing us,” he said. “If I talk to anyone, I’d say South West TAFE’s is a really good place to be”.

Stand out in the job market
Tourism graduates
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According to Warrnambool City Council Manager of Tourism Services Peter Abbott - South West TAFE Tourism and Events students stand out in the job market with their broad student placement opportunities.

Mr Abbott said the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre and Flagstaff Hill regularly hosted South West TAFE Tourism students for work placements and said the training they receive provided a real point of difference. He values the hands-on and relevant industry training South West TAFE provides.

With a longstanding relationship with South West TAFE Mr Abbott said a number of Tourism & Events students gained paid employment with the centre as a result of their training and ability demonstrated during their placement. He said the course covered a broad study area which helped prepare the students for the industry. “Being one of the bigger tourist attractions in town, it’s a good grounding for people interested in being involved in tourism. We try to expose them to all parts of our business, whether it’s the Visitor Information Centre, our reception desk, our retail area, our museum and the Sound & Light Show as well,” Mr Abbott said.

He said the practical course taught students the value of tourism to the south-west in a competitive market, and about projecting the region positively to visitors. ‘Applying for jobs is  a competitive market and you want to provide some point of difference for yourself from other applicants, and I think that a TAFE program helps to provide that point of difference’, Mr Abbott said.

A great example of what can be achieved with a South West TAFE qualification is student Cindy Kelly. Cindy completed a student placement at the Visitor Information Centre in 2009, gained employment in a customer service, sales and information role and was the successful applicant for the public programs coordinator position advertised recently. Cindy felt equipped for her first student placement and hasn’t looked back.

“I feel I walked in there fully prepared because of the industry knowledge we gained. TAFE definitely prepared us for going into work placement.  One of the reasons I was told I got the job was because of this, and so I started my career at Flagstaff Hill,” Cindy said. “It’s been a tremendous ride and definitely something I would advocate to anyone that’s looking into the (tourism) field to do,” Cindy said.

R U OK? Day
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R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging and enabling all people to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” of anyone struggling with life.
R U OK? Day is a national day of action to remind people to regularly check in with family and friends.
R U OK? Day is Thursday 12 September 2013.


To help encourage people to ask “are you ok?” students of South West TAFE’s Certificate II in Community Services have organised a student competition with the aim of spreading the message “R U OK?” in creative ways.

The winner of this competition will receive an Apple iPad.


Students of the Certificate II in Community Services will pick the winner based on the creativity and sincerity of the entry. The winner will be announced on R U OK? Day, Thursday 12 September 2013 at 12 noon in the Warrnambool Campus Cafeteria. The winner will receive an Apple iPad.


There are two ways to enter this competition:

Spell out the letters for “R U OK?” using objects typically found in your area of study (for example, hospitality students might use kitchen utensils, electrical students might use electrical wires) and take a photo of your design,


Write in 25 words or less why R U OK? Day is an important event.

You must be a current South West TAFE student to enter this competition. You may submit as many entries as you like.

You can submit your entry via:


In person: visit the Marketing Department during open hours (Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm) - Level 3, B Building, Warrnambool Campus

You must include your full name and student ID with every entry.

Competition opens 29 August 2013 and closes 10 September 2013, with the winner to be announced on 12 September 2013.


Check out South West TAFE’s Facebook Page for design ideas:   

On the job experience
Gain the skills & knowledge employers seek
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The Warrnambool Wellness Centre highly values the training South West TAFE provides when it comes to hiring their beauty and massage therapists.

Manager and massage therapist Debbie Ferguson said the centre had been providing student placements to South West TAFE Diploma of Remedial massage students for the last four years and valued their relationship with South West TAFE.

The wellness centre provides students with work experience in a clinical environment and is also a chance for Miss Ferguson to assess the students on the job to see if they are suitable.  

'Seventy five per cent (of our current staff) are people who have come through with TAFE and not just massage, but the beauty side too'. Miss Ferguson Said.

She said the TAFE equipped the students with the skills, and their work experience and subsequent employment built on those existing skills. 'it's fantastic to have access to the people who have trained and worked locally'. Miss Ferguson said of the centres relationship with South West TAFE.  Three massage therapists who studied at South West TAFE and work at the centre include David Kewley, Rebekah Goodall and Johanna Farrell.

Mr Kewley was a mature aged student looking for a career change when he saw a newspaper advertisement for the course. 'I had a couple of friends doing it and I thought I can see myself doing that, so I went along to the information, and the interview, and I was successful, he said.

Mr Kewley recommended anyone thinking about a career in massage to go along to upcoming information sessions. He has been at the Wellness Centre for two years. 'This is the best job I've had', he said.

Rebekah Goodall, 23, has already recommended South West TAFE to others. 'We had teacher who were in the industry. they were all treating and would bring in case studies and say 'what would you do?'. It wasn't as daunting when people would come in here (to the centre) and say I've got a frozen shoulder; or something like that; we'd dealt with it before,' Miss Goodall Said.

There is also a sense of satisfaction when she helps her clients. 'They come in and they can't move their neck, and then the look on their faces when their neck moves. It's just complete shock that after half an hour its make that much difference', Miss Goodall said.

Johanna Farrell has been working as a massage therapist for nearly three years. 'I love it – it's really good. I wanted to do something alternative, I'd been at home with my kids and I hadn't been at university for a long time'. Ms Farrell went to an information session where a teacher explained the course and the benefits of studying at South West TAFE and she hasn't looked back. 'I just love it. I love the people. It's very satisfying. It's one of the few jobs you can actually see the result while your still working. Its terrific.' Ms Farrell said.


Sleep Warm Tonight
South West TAFE students take their studies to the next level
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Six South West TAFE Diploma of Community Services Work students have gone above and beyond to make a difference to the homeless community in Warrnambool.

“Sleep Warm Tonight” was the eight week campaign the students devised and implemented as part of their Diploma studies, with the aim of raising awareness and donations for the homeless community in Warrnambool.

The team increased awareness through a story in The Standard, an interview on 882 3YB and by speaking with members of the community. Donations were raised by contacting local businesses, holding sausage sizzles and tin shaking.

Several Warrnambool businesses and groups supported “Sleep Warm Tonight” with donation, including:

  • Tradelink
  • Rays Outdoors
  • Warrnambool Disposals
  • Clark Rubber
  • Lutheran Women of Australia
  • ACME
  • IGA
  • Woolworths
  • Hip-Pocket Work Wear
  • South West TAFE

In total, the team raised $897.65 and donations including: sleeping bags, ponchos, camping mats, hand knitted blankets and socks.

The money and goods will be donated evenly to Salvo Connect and Brophy Youth and Family Services, who will redistribute to those in need.

Student April Kelly said they had been “blown away” by the community support.

“Without the community support we couldn't have achieved what we did,” she said.

“It definitely has reinforced that this is the work we want to go into.”

Congratulations “Sleep Warm Tonight”: April Kelly, Daniel Sedgley, Ellen Gannon, Zoe Murrell, Vanessa Slattery and Jackie Johnson.

If you would like to help make a difference to homelessness please visit Anywhere But A Bed: or like their Facebook Page

Boost for Higher Education in South West Victoria
The Great South Coast Health Articulation Project
Picture credit: The Standard, Leanne Pickett
Picture credit: The Standard, Leanne Pickett

A new $1.28 million initiative encouraging people from regional Victoria to obtain a higher education qualification was launched on Thursday 18 July at South West TAFE by Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine and Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall.

The Great South Coast (GSC) Health Articulation Project (GSCHAP) is an innovative response to increase students’ access to, and attainment of health qualifications in the GSC rural region of Victoria. The project will deliver articulated health pathways starting at the VCAL/VCE/VET level and moving to the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

The project will target young people and the existing health workforce, encouraging them to undertake accredited health qualifications that provide articulated pathways to the Bachelor of Health Sciences. The proposal is strongly aligned with many Great South Coast, State and Federal health priorities.

Building on the "Health VET Pathways in the South West Project" (HPSWP) and the "Deakin at Your Doorstep" (DAYD) models, the project aims to produce graduates at all qualification levels using flexible delivery models throughout the Great South Coast. This will be achieved using structured workplace learning, simulated learning environments, state-of-the-art video conferencing, online classrooms and trained tutorial staff.

Dr Napthine said the Great South Coast Health Articulation project aims to strengthen regional partnerships between vocational organisations and higher education institutions.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to provide a grant of $773,903 towards the initiative as part of our Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund," Dr Napthine said.

"The Coalition Government wants to see more people from regional Victoria enrolling in higher education courses, this is why we are investing in specially designed courses that are developed and delivered by local institutions that lead to jobs in local communities.

"The Great South Coast Health Articulation project will see 150 additional students trained in healthcare related positions such as theatre technicians, nurses, allied health practitioners and aged care workers,"

"Investing in this program will have the dual benefit of providing more tailor-made courses for regional Victorians and helping to bringing more healthcare professionals to the local community," Dr Napthine said.

South West TAFE are also partners in two other projects focusing on give people in regional communities more local training options.

The Regional Tertiary Education Pathways for Foods, Tourism and Hospitality Industries is a partnership between William Angliss, South West TAFE, SuniTAFE and GippsTAFE.

From next year, aspiring chefs, restaurateurs, event managers and tour operators will be able to start training for William Angliss qualifications offered through these regional TAFEs in Warrnambool, Mildura and the Latrobe Valley.

The other project South West TAFE are partners in is The Regional Tertiary Education Pathways for regional partnership. This project aims to establish a Southern Grampians Co-operative Learning and Business Incubator, in order to develop and deepen long-lasting educational partnerships, providing pathways and boosting qualifications and attainment in the region.

Maddy Cheyne’s film to Make a Difference
Maddy Cheyne has been named a finalist for the TAC Make a Film, Make a Difference Competition
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South West TAFE graduate Maddy Cheyne is in the running to win this year's TAC Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD) competition, being named among only eight finalists announced by the Premier Denis Napthine in Warrnambool today.

Maddy Cheyne, who studied the Certificate IV in Interactive Media at South West TAFE in 2011 now has the chance to win a $20,000 film production budget and see their film aired on television and in cinemas.

MAFMAD invites young Victorians to create a short film about looking after their mates on the road.

The eight finalists, all aged 25 and under, submitted the best film ideas among more than 450 entries.

Maddy's idea, “No Place Like Home Safe”, draws on the Wizard of Oz film for inspiration. This idea and those of the other seven finalists will now go through a second round of judging, to further analyse their scripts before the best two short film ideas are selected next month.

Winners receive a $20,000 production budget and the help of mentors to produce their film, plus $5,000 prize money.

The winning films will be shown across movie screens, on television, online and at music festivals over summer.

Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said young people continued to be over-represented in road trauma.

“MAFMAD involves young people in helping us share messages with their peers about staying safe on the roads,” Dr Napthine said.

“This year's finalists are not only promising filmmakers in their own right, but their ideas for MAFMAD films have the potential to really make a difference to road safety in this state.”

Twenty-five Victorians aged 18-25 have been killed on the roads this year so far, compared to 33 at the same time last year.  Find out more about MAFMAD at their website or Facebook page .

South West TAFE is speeding ahead thanks to the Victorian Fibre Strategy
The new Victorian Fibre Strategy is in place and we are its first customer!
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Construction of a new fibre optic cable stretching from Geelong to Warrnambool is now complete and with it brings opportunity galore for South West TAFE and the whole south west region. The new infrastructure is connected to VicTrack's existing network to Melbourne and other regional centres.

Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine announced the completion of the project at South West TAFE saying that the Victorian Coalition Government's $10 million Victorian Fibre Strategy would provide data transfer speeds of up to 1,000 mega bits per second. This is a transfer rate ten times larger than that of the National Broadband Network.

“I am also pleased to announce that the South West Institute of TAFE is the first customer to sign up to VicTrack services on the new fibre link,” Dr Napthine said.

“This will give students access to faster, more reliable internet and help South West TAFE improve its services.”

The full story is available at The Standard .

Glenormiston College welcomes Melbourne University’s Veterinary Students
About 70 Veterinary Students gets hands-on experience at the Animal Handling Course at Glenormiston College
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Emerging vets from all corners of the world are learning the ropes of animal handling at Glenormiston College.

Melbourne University veterinary students have been attending the week-long course at the South West TAFE campus for the last three years.

South West TAFE Agriculture Teacher, Rob Durant said the program runs twice a year with about 70 students getting hands-on experience with sheep, cattle, horses and pigs.

“It's the only course of its kind in Victoria. The instructors have years of experience working on farms,” he said.

With days beginning at 8.00am and lasting until as late as 9.00pm, students learn a great deal from the team of South West TAFE instructors.

Student Crystal Leung from Hong Kong said the course was her first taste of agricultural Australia.

“I'd never been on a farm before now,” she said.

“I'm interested in horses so they were my favourite to work with. Managing a 500 kilogram animal can be quite intimidating for someone small, so it's been great to learn more about them.”

Iranian Omid Neishaboory said Australian farms were both similar and “completely different” to those in Iran.

“The biggest difference is that back home we don't have pigs on farms, so I hadn't had experience with them before the course.”

Festival a Learning Curve for students
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SOUTH West TAFE students contributed an estimated 5000 volunteer hours to this year's Fun4Kids festival, and that's not including the time they spent during the past three months preparing.

When the influx of excited families and entertainers arrived in Warrnambool for the festival, South West TAFE students were ready and waiting to ensure the eight-day festival ran like clockwork.

South West TAFE has been a major festival sponsor since it began 15 years ago and each year TAFE teachers and students work in partnership with the Warrnambool City Council to help . Fun4Kids provides the students with valuable practical experience for the institute's tourism and events, childcare and sport and recreation courses.

Festival director Luke Cann said organisers would be lost without South West TAFE's volunteers. This year, 140 South West TAFE students volunteered at Fun4Kids as part of their studies.

“Do You Have Five Friends?”
Certificate II in Community Services student, Kellie Phayer creates a powerful message that has caught the attention of The Butterfly Foundation
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Kellie Phayer, 22 and studying the Certificate II in Community Services at South West TAFE has caught the attention of The Butterfly Foundation with her poster: “Do you have five friends?”

As part of the mental health unit of the course, students discussed eating disorders and were asked to each design a prevention poster on the topic. Kellie created a poster that outlines the severity of eating disorders which affect one in five students.

“That statistic really stuck with me,” she said.

“My friends that have gone through (eating disorders) they don't want to talk with people, they feel alone,” she said.

''It's a touchy subject but making posters and making awareness will help people think about it.”

Designed for south-west high school and tertiary students, Kellie hopes her poster, displayed around the South Wes TAFE Warrnambool campus, will inform people bout eating disorders.

“People don't know the signs, they don't know what to look for,” she said.

Bulimia is the hardest eating disorder to recognise, according to Kellie, as sufferers sometimes maintain normal weight.

Community services teacher Wendy Lever sent the poster to The Butterfly Foundation, a support group for people with negative body image and eating disorders. The foundation was so impressed with her poster that it invited Kellie to attend a forum for high school students in Melbourne on July 19.

Kellie plans to continue her studies by completing the Diploma of Community Services Work at South West TAFE before becoming a youth-worker specialising in mental health.

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Students Get a Taste for Radio Production
Tour of 3YB and Coast FM
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Our Diploma of Interactive Media students recently got a taste for radio production with a tour of Coast FM and 3YB studios in Warrnambool. Students were given a history of the radio station and told how the place operates. Students then had a tour of the studios and were shown the equipment and how the audio recording software links in with the systems they use. “The tour was relevant to the Interactive Media students to see a real production environment, and to have an understanding of what the daily work life is like at a radio station,” said Tom Walter, Diploma of Interactive Media teacher.

Dylan Murphy: Winner of the Rotary South West Institute of TAFE Award 2013
Rotary President, John Nisbet and South West TAFE CEO, Peter Heilbuth with award winner, Dylan Murphy.
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Congratulations to Dylan Murphy, South West TAFE VCE student, who has been presented with the Rotary South West Institute of TAFE Award 2013.

The award, generously provided by the Rotary Club of Warrnambool, is given to a TAFE student who has been making good progress in their studies, is involved in some way in “making a difference” through community or student service, and who might benefit financially from the award.

Dylan was one of five students nominated for the award and after impressing a panel of judges during the interview process, the decision was unanimous. For winning this award, Dylan has received $1,000 to help him in his studies.

As part of his VCE studies, Dylan is completing the Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). His hospitality teacher, Sheryl Duncan, nominated Dylan for displaying a high level of involvement in his studies and for the way he conducts himself in class.

“His cooking skills have greatly improved and he is always ready to help other students if need be and always with a smile,” says Sheryl, “I highly recommend Dylan for this award.”

Dylan's nomination was also supported by Anne Waters, Regional Manager for headspace. Dylan is actively involved in headspace, dedicating significant time and effort in helping the local community through various groups and projects.

“Dylan's eager personality, aptitude to try new things and willingness to learn demonstrated his capacity for diligence in study and other learning interests,” says Anne.

South West TAFE CEO, Peter Heilbuth spoke at a Rotary dinner congratulating Dylan on receiving the award, “Dylan has an eager personality, and a strong willingness to learn… a most worthy winner of your club's award.”

President of the Rotary Club of Warrnambool, John Nisbet presented Dylan with the award at the dinner held at the Warrnambool Football Club.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Development at Portland Campus
Portland Campus celebrates partnership and scholarship announcement with Deakin University
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On Friday 7 June, South West TAFE's Portland Campus celebrated the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) being offered to the first cohort of students through Deakin University's partnership with TAFEs in rural and regional areas.

Providing an accessible pathway for TAFE students through to higher education, the program uses an innovative model of blended delivery including state of the art video conferencing, face to face tutorials and an interactive online student hub which enables students to network and share ideas with their peers across the state.

This unique learning environment links students studying the course throughout Victoria, with immediate real time feedback from lecturing staff and one on one support from the relevant campus.

The celebrations also included Portland Children's Studies student Lisa Bentley being awarded a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education - Deakin at Your Doorstep (BECE-DAYD): Learning and Development Scholarship. Lisa studied her Certificate III and Diploma of Children's Studies in Warrnambool, and now can continue her tertiary studies in the childhood development field through the DAYD program, closer to her home in Dartmoor.

Lisa's motivation and commitment to study combined with her academic achievement and related work and community experience has been recognised through the awarding of this scholarship.

The scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is paid over three years of full time study (or part-time equivalent). The Scholarship aims to assist recipients with the financial costs of education.

Centre for Creative Arts – Officially Opened
New art facility brings a new vibrant and creative feel to campus
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South West TAFE's new Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) was opened on Friday 7 June by Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine, much to the delight of art students and teachers.

Drawing a crowd of over 100 people, guests were able to view the new facilities and the student and staff exhibition.
The CCA is located in the former South West TAFE Library and Bookshop - a heritage listed building which dates back to 1868, and was originally the Warrnambool Orderly Room and Residence.

The art department had spent the past six years at Deakin University's Warrnambool campus, preceded by a further six years at the former Fletcher Jones site.
Staff and students are enthusiastic about being in the city centre close to other art spaces such as the Warrnambool Art Gallery, the F Project in Timor Street and Scope Galleries in Kelp Street.

Architecturally designed, this free-flowing open space caters for up to 200 students, pursuing areas of study including sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, screen printing, fashion design and sewing. Features of the centre include a spray booth, kiln room, exposure room, dye room and an area to display student exhibitions.

The relocation to the city centre is also expected to strengthen South West TAFE's relationship with local secondary students who regularly visit the art department to take part in art forums and curricular activities.

South West TAFE chief executive officer Peter Heilbuth said the relocation had been a positive experience.

“Our art students and staff add life and creativity to our campus and to our broader community,” Mr Heilbuth said.

Dr Napthine said the importance of arts and culture in south-west Victoria had been recognised in the Regional Strategic Plan for the Great South Coast region.
 “The need for arts and cultural experiences has been linked to younger people continuing to live in rural and regional areas,” he said.

“Young people are vital contributors to the productivity, vibrancy and identity of the south-west area.”

South West TAFE's Library and Bookshop also underwent a facelift and was moved to a central on campus location, making it more accessible for staff and students.

The new design also provides library users with a flexible multi-purpose space, and is home to a large range of library services available at South West TAFE.

Make Up Students on Screen Debut
Dance Cancer Initiative 2013
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South West TAFE make-up students will have their skills showcased to the nation when a dance concert they are working on, is screened on Foxtel later in the year.

The Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services' students on-screen debut will occurred last weekend, when they applied tribal themed stage make-up and hair styles to dancers from Camperdown-based dance studio Kate's Dance House for a fund-raising concert.

Kate's Dance House performed at the Dance Cancer Initiative 2013 concert in South Morang (north-east of Melbourne) on June 1 and 2 in front of a live audience. The concert will be filmed and televised to an estimated 300,000 people.

This is the first year the Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services has been offered at South West TAFE and teaches special effects, airbrushing and make-up application for runway and bridal shows, stage productions, television and movies and business units.

Teacher Jodi Leahy said participating in the concert was an amazing opportunity and provided the students with invaluable industry experience. The 16 students have been busily practicing their skills in class, trialing and selecting different looks for the tribal themed dance to be performed by the 25 south-west dancers.

The opportunity arose after Kate Meade, principal of Kate's Dance House, invited Ms Leahy and her students to help backstage during Camperdown Theatre Company's recent performance of Hairspray, which Ms Meade choreographed. She liked the South West TAFE students' work and invited them to help at the Melbourne concert this weekend.

“I'm really excited for the students and the students are really excited as well. They're absolutely pumped that their work will be on a TV show,” Ms Leahy said.

Ms Leahy said the weekends event was a prime example of the practical based learning that the TAFE Diploma offered, and real life experience could not be underestimated.

Try A Career at Sherwood Park
Warrnambool College students construct bookends with the guidance of Furniture Making teacher, Chris Greene at Try A Career Day.
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After the success of the Try A Career Day at South West TAFE's Portland Campus, teacher's from the Warrnambool and Sherwood Park Campuses were eager to follow suit.

Close to a thousand students spent two days at the Sherwood Park Campus, getting their hands on everything from robotics to horses. Some students saddled up for equine classes, others armed with power tools pulled things apart. Engines were opened, pipes cut, makeup applied and cooking ingredients spread out.

It's one thing to have an idea about what you want to do with your life, it's another to actually give it a go. This is the fifth year TAFE and South West Local Learning & Employment Network have staged the event, hoping to turn young minds to thinking about their future.

“The idea is to bring all year 9 students from the district — so that's Warrnambool, Corangamite and Moyne - where they participate in three activities of an hour-and-a-half so they can experience a VET course,” organiser Paul Atack said.

“We would have close to 900 (students) over two days.”

The employment leader and former Warrnambool College Principal said career plans didn't always come easily to 15-year-olds.

“You might not be specific but you'll have some ideas,” he said.

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South West TAFE hosts annual Sausage King Competition
Over 120 of the region’s best sausages and small goods are put to the test
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South West TAFE was proud to once-again host the annual 2013 Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) south west region Sausage King Competition on Thursday May 16 in Endeavours Restaurant.

Judges that included staff from South West TAFE's Meat Training Australia and other departments across the institute, have learnt not to have breakfast. While they do shifts and don't judge the entire number of entries, they still have to sample on average up to 60 different sausage varieties. And while judges do have the option of spitting out the samples, few do, so as to savour the entire taste experience.

More than 120 of the region's best sausages and small goods were this year submitted for tasting in the competition's 11 categories, which ranged from traditional, lamb, pork and poultry sausages to ham on and off the bone, kabana and of course, bacon!

Mark Hardy, from AMIC, said entries in the competition continued to grow as butchers realised the marketing power of success in the competition. Previous category winners have gone on to double the sales of their quality produce.

The meat was judged on its cooked and uncooked appearance, aroma, texture, flavour and the description provided by the butcher. Winners of each category will move through to the Victorian titles. Each state winner will then go on to compete at national level.


Traditional 1st: What's for Dinner, Geelong, BBQ submitted by Damien

Pork 1st: GD & JI Stabb, Anglesea, Traditional Pork submitted by Gordon Stabb

Poultry 1st: Benno's Meating Place, Barwon Heads, Chicken, Cheese & Asparagus submitted by Bradley Bennett

Lamb 1st: Warrnambool Country Meats, Warrnambool, Lamb, Honey & Rosemary submitted by David Wiese

Continental 1st: Norfolk Butcher, Warrnambool, Italian Pork submitted by Bill & Adam Gee

Gourmet 1st: There were four equal first in this category:

  • Sheehans Meats, Port Fairy, Herb & Garlic Beef submitted by Nick Sheehan
  • Hamilton City Meats, Hamilton, Red Wine & Cheese submitted by Jamie Cotton
  • Farm Foods, Geelong,Prok & Duck submitted by Nick Kerr
  • Heritage Meats, Geelong, Red Wine, Cheese & Garlic submitted by Cliff Dalgliesh

Ham on Bone 1st: Brendan Bouchiers, Mortlake, submitted by Brendan Bouchier

Ham off Bone 1st: Heritage Meats, Geelong, Traditional submitted by Cliff Dalgliesh

Bacon 1st: Goodall's Quality Meats, Geelong, Short Cut Rindless submitted by John Goodall

Strasbourg 1st: Benno's Meating Place, Traditional submitted by Bradley Bennett

Kabana 1st: Goodall's Quality Meats, Geelong, Traditional submitted by John Goodall

A Chance To Try A Career
Maddie Hansford tries her hand at design during the ‘try a Career’ morning.
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About 100 Year 9 students converged on South West Institute of TAFE's Portland Campus for the “Try a Career” morning.
Students from Bayview College, Heywood and District Secondary College and the Portland Secondary College Reengagement Program were asked to select three different industries to experience on the day through half-hour interactive sessions delivered by South West TAFE staff and industry representatives.

The activities were capped off with a half-hour careers information session and a shared lunch.

Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network partnership broker Cathryn Walder said the day was aimed at promoting the exploration of career options and industry choices and allowing students to become familiar with a TAFE learning environment.
Ms Walder said it also enabled the students to get some real life career experience before they begin their search for casual or part-time work later this year or next year.

World Plumbing Day Comes to South West TAFE
Our Apprentices Get Involved
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South West TAFE celebrated World Plumbing Day on Friday 8 March at the Warrnambool Campus. Plumbers, apprentices and industry representatives gathered to recognise the plumbing industry in the South West region and to raise awareness of plumbing conditions in third-world countries where basics such as clean flowing water and sewerage systems are lacking. “This event really helps you appreciate the efforts of our regions' plumbers and highlights why quality training is so essential,” said Lyle Kelson, Team Leader of Plumbing at South West TAFE.

This was the first time South West TAFE has been involved in World Plumbing Day and we hope to continue supporting the day for years to come.

New Beauty Course Set To Turn Heads
Samii Salisbury welcomed to the team
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South West TAFE's beauty department is welcoming in the new year with a new course in Specialist Makeup and a new teacher.
This is the first year the Diploma of Specialist Make Up will be running from South West TAFE, making it an ideal opportunity for people wanting to further their makeup and beauty training.
Samii Salisbury, South West TAFE's newest beauty teacher says the most amazing aspect of the Diploma of Makeup Services is that it touches on every facet of the industry.
“Whether you want to work in television or film, catwalk or photography, theatre or special effects, the Diploma has it all,” she said.
Samii brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked for Napoleon Perdis. 
Samii started her career as a makeup artist at one of its stores, then went on to managing a flagship store, and then became a trainer at the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy. 
“I'm really excited to come on board and be able to share my skills and knowledge with our new Diploma students,” Samii said. 
Samii also has extensive experience in her own freelancing business in areas such as bridal hair and makeup, creative photo shoots and has two feature films under her belt.
Samii says her career highlight was getting chosen from the Napoleon Perdis Victorian employees to join the Napoleon Perdis creative team at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 in Sydney.
The Diploma will teach students basic hair components as well as up styling, bridal, special occasion, catwalk and photography makeup, special effects, injury simulation, theatre and period hair and makeup.
As well as the practical side, students will learn about the business side of things, budgeting, OH&S, and how to run your own successful freelancing business.
Throughout the course students will complete industry training, with the opportunity to take part in many local fashion shows, projects and theatre productions including Hairspray at the Camperdown Theatre in April.