Local first year apprentices facing financial or personal hardship will be supported with a $15,000 scholarship to undertake their trade and study through a NSW Nationals in the state government’s scholarship program.
Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, said people can now apply for a Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship which will support 120 people to either start, change, or further their career.
“This scholarship program offers a great incentive for eligible locals to kick-start their career,” Mr Bromhead said.
“Whether you need to purchase new tools, cover fuel or car maintenance, or pay for additional study, these scholarships have helped people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and follow their trade calling.”
The NSW Government will invest $1.8 million in the program, which provides $5,000 over three years to support apprentices who demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and training and are committed to their on the job and formal training.
There are more than 107,000 people in training across NSW – a 29 per cent increase on the previous year.
The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are in addition to the 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and 70,000 fee-free traineeships and other low-fee courses funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government.
The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years.
Applications will close Friday, May 27.
For more information and to apply visit www.education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw/bert-evans-scholarships or phone 13 28 11.