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Information sessions at Wodonga TAFE: The Wodonga TAFE are running information evenings showcasing their courses. You can attend the Agriculture, Horticulture and Sustainability information evening on Tuesday 18 October and the Engineering and Built Environment (engineering, building design, telecommunications, welding, furniture, cabinet making and construction) evening on Monday 24 October. For more information, contact 02 6055 6600, courseinfo@wodongatafe.edu.au

Information sessions at Wangaratta GOTAFE: Come along to GOTAFE Info Week to discover which one of the 200 courses is right for you.
Whether you are about to finish Year 12. Find out how to apply, about fees and scholarships, pathways to university and skills recognition. There will be course information, campus tours, skill demonstrations and food! Hear directly from students about the benefits of gaining a qualification from GOTAFE.
Find out all you need to know at GOTAFE Info Week. Sessions will be held at 12:30pm and 6:00pm on the 26th October – Docker Street Campus, Wangaratta

Book launch for prospective medical students: A book has been written for young people wishing to study medicine- So you want to be a Doctor? A guide for prospective medical students in Australia. The book will be launched by Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins AO, Monash University at St Vincents Public Hospital, Fitzroy on Wednesday 2 November. For more information and to RSVP, email beckett@acer.edu.au

SCHOLARSHIPS: Australian College of Sports Therapy: offers a one year scholarship to successful students who are completing year 12 this year and applying for the Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy. To apply for the scholarship by 21 October, go to www.sportstherapy.edu.au/courses/ Scholarships2012.html

Strategies 4 Excellence Registration & Information night.  Get paid while at School & it can count towards your VCE or VCAL. Certificate III School Based Traineeships in Community Services, Fitness, Events, Children Services & Business. Info night Thursday 27th October, Wangaratta Library Community Room (Docker St, Wangaratta) 6pm-7pm. Students & Parents welcome. Bookings Essential call or email Kellie (03) 5831 5880 or
admin@monarchpersonnel.com.au If unable to attend or for any further d tails please contact: Strategies 4 Excellence Union Lane, Shepparton 3630. Ph: (03) 5831 5880 www.strategies4excellence.com.au

YOUTH ALLOWANCE CHANGES for Inner Regional Students:
The following information has been taken from the DEEWR website- www.deewr.gov.au/HigherEducation/ Programs/YouthAllowance/Pages/ QandAs.aspx
From 1 January 2012 the Government will extend to students from Inner Regional Australia the workforce participation independence arrangements for Youth Allowance that currently apply only to students from Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia and Very Remote Australia, subject to the passage of legislation. The extended arrangements will allow higher education and VET students from Inner Regional Australia (Rutherglen, Yarrawonga & Wangaratta etc are Inner Regional Australia) to be considered independent for Youth Allowance if:
•    They are a full-time student; and

•    They are required to live away from home to study; and

•    They have combined parental income
of less than $150,000; and they have either:

• worked part-time (at least 15 hours each week) for two years since last
leaving secondary school; or

•    had cumulative earnings totalling at least 75% of the appropriate maximum National Training Wage Award rate ($21,009 in 2011) in 18 months since last leaving secondary school.

In addition, Inner Regional young people will continue to be able to qualify as independent for Youth Allowance under the existing full-time work criterion – that is, if they have had full-time employment of at least an average of 30 hours per week for 18 months over a 2 year period.
For more information about the Relocation and Start Up Scholarships etc, go to the link above.

VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS Have you considered transport and logistics as a career? If you are completing Yr 12 VCE or VCAL this year and are interested in undertaking a cadetship in transport and logistics, you can contact two different organizations who are running cadetship programs. Through both programs, you will complete a Certificate IV and Diploma of Logistics over two years and undertake paid employment. Contact Chris McKenzie, Project Manager at TDT Victoria on 03 9326 7211, www.tdtvictoria.org.au/cadetship. Or contact Anne Considine, Cadetship Program Coordinator Victorian Transport Association on 03 9646 8590, www.vta.com.au

Applying for Aviation at Swinburne?
Students applying for the Advanced Diploma of Technology (Aviation), Bachelor of Aviation or the Bachelor of Aviation / Bachelor of Commerce in 2012 and beyond are now required to undertake a skills assessment test in addition to the required interview. For more information, go to www.swinburne.edu.au/ engineering/aviation/interview/

Study Cert III/ IV in Fitness at Australian College of Sports Therapy (ACST): The Certificates III and IV in Fitness will provide you with a qualification to enable you to be a gym instructor and personal trainer. Cost is $200 through Skills Victoria subsidies and the next program will start 30 November and will run for 13 weeks, 3 days per week. For more information, contact 03 9670 3735, www.sportstherapy.edu.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: Interested in design? On Saturday 15 October, Billy Blue College of Design is running a ‘Day in the Life of a Designer’ at their North Sydney campus. You will be able to immerse yourself in the following career areas: Communication, Digital Media, Branded Environment, Commercial Interior, Residential Interior, or Branded Fashion. Cost is $80. To book, email info@billyblue.edu.au

TAFE Tasters at Swinburne: Students with mild intellectual or learning difficulties are invited to attend a TAFE taster day at Swinburne on Monday 17 October, Hawthorn Campus. Students can meet teachers and experience TAFE classroom activities for the Certificate I in Transition Education and the Certificate I in Work Education. Contact Di Hall to register on 03 9214 8941 or go to www.tafe.swinburne.edu.au/cll/sln.htm

Careers Night at NMIT: Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will be hosting a careers night at the Preston Campus on Thursday 20 October. During the day, they will run an Open Day called ‘Super Thursday’. You will be able hear from and talk to a range of industry professionals about their chosen career. For more information, please contact Cody Moore on 03 9269 1251, cody- moore@nmit.vic.edu.au

Rob Walker