Proud trainer recognised

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WITH both her parents, step-parents and grandparents paving the way, it was clear Jodi Rechsteiner was destined to be a great trainer.

It wasn’t until her mid-thirties, university and trade-qualified, that Jodi realised teaching might be a sensible career choice – allowing her to combine her skills as a qualified chef with her enjoyment of science.

In 2009, Jodi joined GOTAFE, teaching hospitality and VCAL and since that time she has developed into an outstanding teacher who brings real industry insight into the classroom.

To recognise her contributions, Jodi has been awarded Victorian Trainer of the Year at the 65th Annual Victorian Training Awards. The awards are hosted annually by the Department of Education and Training and recognise the achievements of participants in the TAFE and training sector.

In accepting her award, Jodi paid tribute to her GOTAFE team and her students. “I am part of a fantastic team at GOTAFE. Our trainers have all worked in industry and bring that passion to their classrooms. At GOTAFE, our students gain an understanding of the real skills required for work from their trainers and teachers,” Jodi said.

Jodi will now be in the running for the national awards, which will be held in Brisbane on November 21.