GOTAFE launch youth IT pre-em­ploy­ment course

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GOTAFE Wan­garatta with In­foXchange launched its new 2018 Youth IT En­gi­neer­ing pre- em­ploy­ment pro­gram last week.

More than 20 key in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended the launch, in­clud­ing Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta coun­cil­lors, coun­cil em­ploy­ees, em­ploy­ment agen­cies, lo­cal LLENs, and busi­ness own­ers from en­gi­neer­ing and IT fields.

A pre­sen­ta­tion was given about the pre- em­ploy­ment pro­gram, which aims to give stu­dents the IT pro­gram­ming skills they re­quire to sup­port their prac­ti­cal trade skills once they are work­ing in in­dus­try.

GOTAFE’s act­ing ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of ed­u­ca­tional op­er­a­tions, Brett Am­bro­sio, said the event was just the start of a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to en­gage the com­mu­nity and seek their feed­back.

“GOTAFE will host fu­ture fo­rums and feed­back ses­sions where we want to en­gage with in­dus­try, the lo­cal com­mu­nity, em­ploy­ers and key or­gan­isa- tions to es­tab­lish what they re­ally need from this pre­em­ploy­ment pro­gram and then cus­tomise a train­ing pro­gram that meets th­ese needs,” Mr Am­bro­sio said.

“We know that our trades stu­dents need to have skills in com­puter pro­gram­ming, en­abling them to op­er­ate ma­chin­ery com­monly found in work­shops across a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries.

“The course will pro­vide suc­cess­ful stu­dents with a raft of trans­fer­able skills that can be used across a num­ber of trade dis­ci­plines.”

Mr Am­bro­sio said the launch en­abled GOTAFE to dis­play its print lab and other equip­ment stu­dents might use in their first year of study.

“We also in­tro­duced at­ten­dees to In­foXchange, a not- for­profit so­cial en­ter­prise that uses tech­nol­ogy to tackle the big­gest so­cial chal­lenges of our time,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Brett Am­bro­sio via GOTAFE.

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