The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-05-07T02:50:49Z 'EVENTS' GRADUATE TURNS WORK EXPERIENCE INTO WORK WITH CAREERS EXPO 2014-05-07T02:50:49Z events-graduate-turns-work-experience-into-work-with-careers-expo Highlighting the success of GCIT’s (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE) approach to education and vocational training, Events Graduate - Aly Magat–has gone from visiting the Gold Coast Career’s Expo to managing the Expo. Less than a year ago, Aly was studying the Events Diploma at GCIT and was a job seeker. Today, the shoe is on the other foot with Aly being one of the event organisers of this one-day expo that sees more than 5000 school seekers and job seekers attend. Mr Devine said that Aly Magat is one of GCIT’s many success stories where students find employment within three months of graduating. “GCIT is acutely aware of how fast-paced and hands-on the events industry is. Our students graduate with a greater range of skills and experience so that they have a better chance of finding employment in their chosen field,” Mr Devine said. “GCIT works with the industry and the events community to ensure training programs and qualifications are well aligned with workplace requirements. We are committed to our vocational placement strategy whereby students are required to do multiple placements during their course. The Diploma in Events sets students up for career success. Alysaid studying at GCIT not only gave her a thorough background on how the events industry operates and what’s required, but she experienced vocational placements with various businesses as well as project managing a live event at the Institute. “The teachers are really well-connected so finding placements was not an issue. I finished the course having work experience.  My placements gave me a hands-on knowledge of how to operate in the workplace. Studying at GCIT was like a passport to my career,” Aly said. “GCIT has a strong vocational placement strategy that ensures students get well-rounded knowledge and skills so they have a higher chance of employment. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure we have a highly trained and competent workforce that meets the ever increasing needs of the tourism, events and hospitality industries,” Mr Devine said. TAFE student wins the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards 2014-04-30T22:27:42Z tafe-student-wins-the-2014-gold-coast-young-chef-awards Timothy Stapleforth won the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards - which is part of the La Chain De Rottisseures. This international culinary association brings together amateurs and professionals who share a love of high quality food and wine. Timothy is a third year apprentice chef who works at Chill on Teddar in Main Beach. Having won the prestigious Gold Coast award, he will now compete in the National Final for the La Chain De Rottisseures, in Perth on 27 June. GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said Timothy has just completed his Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and is expected to finish his apprenticeship in the coming months. “I congratulate Timothy on winning the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards where he showcased his outstanding culinary skills. This is a major accomplishment considering he was competing against already qualified chefs. “I acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment that Timothy has put into his apprenticeship and training through GCIT. Such achievements are an example of the high quality training and development provided by GCIT to students. “As with Timothy, we encourage students to participate in industry events, competitions and awards as a way of increasing their industry experience and exposure, and to give them a greater understanding of the high standards that are required to be a great chef,” he said. GCIT is the premier training organisation for apprentice chefs in South East Queensland. By working closely with the hospitality industry, GCIT is able to deliver high quality and flexible training that meets the industry’s needs and ensures students are job-ready when they graduate. Mr Devine said that the Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s best restaurants, therefore it is imperative that GCIT continues to keep pace with the ever-changing industry needs and requirements to ensure people have an excellent dining experience. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ·         Tim Stapleforth is a third year apprentice chef. He completed his Certificate III in Commercial Cookery through GCIT (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE) in early April 2014. * Timothy works at Chill on Teddar in Main Beach. * Timothy was crowned the winner of the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards. * Timothy competed against already qualified chefs in the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards. He outperformed the commis chef competitors to take out the title. * Timothy’s winning three course menu 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards consisted of: o   Pan seared flounder with grilled chorizo, ginger dressing over a fennel & apple salad o   Confit rabbit terrine wrapped in pancetta, artichoke celeriac puree, caramel turnip &quail egg o   Poached rhubarb brûlée, strawberry and rhubarb compote, roast white chocolate * Tim will compete in the National Final for the La Chain De Rottisseures, in Perth on 27 June 2014. * To see photos and videos of the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chef Awards, visit: http://www.chainegoldcoast.org/young-chefs-competition-2014.php ENDS. MAJOR INCREASE IN STUDENTS STUDYING NURSING DIPOMA ONLINE 2014-04-14T22:14:21Z major-increase-in-students-studying-nursing-dipoma-online GOLD Coast Institute of TAFE (GCIT) has experienced a huge increase in the number of nursing students choosing to study online in 2014 with enrolments tripling over the last few years. GCIT offers the online delivery method to cater for students who cannot attend onsite training for financial, family or geographical reasons. One of the many students to benefit from the nursing Diploma being offered online is Coffs Harbour student, Amy Dummigan. Amy said studying her nursing Diploma online has given her the opportunities she otherwise would not have had. “I have a severely disabled daughter so I am her full-time carer. I genuinely would not have been able to do a nursing Diploma if it wasn’t for GCIT offering it online,” she said. “While I didn’t have a background in nursing, being a full-time carer has given me an insight into what is involved. I saw this course and an opportunity for stable employment because we will always need healthcare workers and nurses. “As it turns out, the nursing Diploma has led to me securing work. I did an aged care placement and they asked me to stay on afterwards. When I finish the course, I will continue working there but as an enrolled nurse. I’m really enjoying the course and it has opened so many doors for me.” GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine said the rising popularity in online education has driven GCIT to significantly progress their online educational practices. “The growing nation-wide recognition of online education has inspired GCIT to develop our teaching methods, tools, systems, and content to give our online learning students the greatest advantage,” he said. “Our online courses allow students in regional areas to stay in their own communities, balance work and life whilst completing the course with our user-friendly operating system.” Through the online learning facilities, all students have the ability to view course content, chat with other students, view assessment information and submit assignments. Online students are required to complete 400 hours of of clinical work placement in their local area as well as three blocks residential school in the GCIT Health labs throughout their Diploma. GCIT recently invested $85,000 into the refurbishment of the health labs which are now complete with 38 electric beds, 10 electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, four vital signs monitors, three IV trolleys, one hoist and two life-size electronically controlled mannequins. The online Diploma of Nursing is nationally accredited and takes a minimum of 18 months to complete with graduating students eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Nursing at various universities across Australia. To enquire about studying nursing online please call (07) 55818 806 or visit gcit.edu.au. GCIT TRAINS LIGHT RAIL STAFF AHEAD OF PUBLIC LAUNCH 2014-04-14T00:10:16Z gcit-trains-light-rail-staff-ahead-of-public-launch The KDR Gold Coast staffing cohort will be skilled in targeted areas to ensure the light rail system can cater for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and growing Gold Coast population. GCIT will train over 33 customer services staff, more than 50 light rail drivers and over 10 administration staff. GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said that the Institute has been working intensively with KDR to identify areas of necessary skill development. “A skilled and educated workforce is essential to the ongoing requirements of the Light Rail system to ensure the team can accommodate its growth and development,” said Devine. “The customer service staff will complete the Certificate III Tourism as well as train in first aid, while the administration team will be skilled across Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as the Diploma in Human Resources Management.” “The light rail drivers will obtain a Certificate III in Rail Driving and also gain skills in customer service.” “GCIT is also delivering the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment to current  Operational Control Centre senior staff so that they can proactively train any newly appointed drivers directly onsite in the future.”  KDR’s new employees will all achieve nationally recognised qualifications and gain skills that can be transferred across various industries. KDR Gold Coast Managing Director, Vivienne King, said they decided to partner with GCIT not only because of the Institutes locality but also because of the tailored training capabilities. “The Institute has been extremely helpful in identifying areas of skill requirements for our staff and have accommodated our needs by offering flexible training options, including onsite training.” The first group of KDR employees have already commenced training with GCIT.  GCIT GRADUATE GETS DREAM GIG 2014-04-10T00:38:36Z gcit-graduate-gets-dream-gig Adam Harris now is in charge of the sound and lighting for a variety of performances including live band nights and theatre productions across the Gold Coasts six community centres. Mr Harris said his new role is something he has wanted to get into for a long time and his studies at GCIT provided him with the industry relevant skills to secure his ideal job. “The skills I learnt at GCIT are extremely useful and I was able to immediately apply them across various applications within my new role,” said Harris. “The facilities at the Coomera campus are state-of-the-art and I was able to gain experience using industry standard equipment such as recording studios which is fantastic as I am now responsible for the operation of the recording studios at some of the centres.” The Diploma of Sound Production students develop skills and experience through various practical tasks, based on real workplace projects including recording sessions and live events. GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said that it’s excellent to see when students successfully gain employment in their field of study after recently graduating. “Our most recent graduate destination survey indicated that 79 per cent of GCIT graduates were employed three months after completing their course,” said Devine. “It’s great that Adam is already utilising his skills in a job that he was aiming for prior to commencing his studies, I wish all the best in his new role.”  “Our aim at GCIT is to create a skilled and educated workforce on the Gold Coast to generate job security and to ensure the growth and development of the region.” Mr Devine said GCIT takes pride in delivery industry relevant training and providing cutting-edge equipment which puts their students ahead of the rest in the job market upon graduation. GCIT's current Diploma of Sound Production and Diploma of Music students will have the opportunity to undertake work experience in these community facilities with Mr Harris to obtain real world skills while studying.  GCIT STUDENTS MAKE WAVES IN THE MUSIC SCENE 2014-04-10T00:31:03Z gcit-students-make-waves-in-the-music-scene It was in the classrooms and recording studios an of GCIT’s Coomera campus where the students met while studying the Diploma of Music and established their unique sound of funk, metal and analogue synthesis. Lead singer of the progressive metal band, Tash Agius, said GCIT’s Diploma of Music played a big part in forming the band which they one day hope to expand worldwide. “Studying at GCIT gave us the professional assistance, the environment and the confidence to pursue the dream we had as individuals and combine to turn that dream into a reality,” said Agius.  “Traveling the world playing our music is our goal as we want to see people from different cultures and nationalities connecting with us and our music.” GCIT’s Diploma of Music focuses on developing live performance skills and enhancing the student’s use of technology to further their career paths. GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said the Coomera campus hosts the Institutes creative industries courses and boasts an array of talented students. “Our Coomera campus is a vibrant creative hub with many talented students going onto successful careers across music, design, theatre, live production and much more,” said Devine. “The members of December Nine are a great example of how important it is to make connections with likeminded peers during study.” Since graduating in 2013, two of the December Nine members have returned to GCIT to complete a Diploma in Sound Production which will provide them with technical skills to be able to produce music to a professional standard. December Nine’s tour schedule takes them all over the Gold Coast and Brisbane, performing at venues such as The Loft on Chevron Island, Ric’s Bar in Fortitude Valley and at GCIT events.