Gordon Institute of TAFE

A Geelong icon and one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, The Gordon has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for 130 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of ‘hands-on’ training courses that provide real outcomes to our students. Gordon graduates achieve better employment outcomes than the state and national averages. 

Name: Kate Elstone

Course: Certificate III in Cabinet Making

"I chose cabinet making as a career as I enjoyed woodwork during my school years. The Gordon taught me about hard work and the benefits that come with putting in that little bit extra, and I've been given the opportunity to travel around Australia and overseas to compete in national and international competitions. 

The teachers are passionate about what they teach, and have played a big role in what I was able to achieve throughout my apprenticeship. I am a hands-on learner and love having a product at the end of learning a skill to show what I am capable of creating. Being paid while on the job was a hands-down winner, as I’ve gained a qualification without having to spread myself thin to make a living.

My career goal is to own my own business, specialising in custom pieces of wooden furniture and homewares."

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