NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has encouraged regional apprentices to apply for the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships.

Mr Singh said the scholarships support apprentices who were experiencing financial or personal hardship but demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and were committed to their on and off the job training.

Mr Singh said up to 95 scholarships would be awarded to outstanding apprentices in NSW at a time when the State faces challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to kickstart a career, and apprentices are vital to our State’s growth, but we also understand it’s not always easy to complete a qualification,” Mr Singh said.

The NSW Nationals know apprentices are vital to driving NSW forward, especially during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to back our apprentices by giving them a helping hand to complete their training and gain a qualification so they can make a strong contribution in their jobs and in the lives of their families and communities.

The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years. For more information and to lodge an application, visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.