Helping country kids get ahead at TAFE

Mar 9, 2018

Do you know a keen local apprentice with a knack for their trade and a positive attitude to their work and learning?  Applications have now opened for the Bert Evans Scholarship, a NSW government initiative which provides apprentices up to $15,000 over a three year period.

Established in 2014, the Bert Evans Scholarships are targeted at first year apprentices experiencing hardship whilst undertaking their studies. The money aims to provide assistance to younger people struggling with the cost of their training, including buying new tools, additional training courses and covering the costs of transport.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro has been a passionate advocate for vocational learning, as a product of the TAFE system himself. He noted the positive shift towards students attending TAFE and praised the scholarship as a fantastic opportunity to ensure that young people complete their training and receive their qualification.

“A career through VET can transform lives and we want to see people overcome financial or personal hardship through our VET system to set themselves up for a positive and rewarding life,” Mr Barilaro said.

TAFE provides fantastic and varied learning opportunities for young people in regional areas, and often provides students with greater employment outcomes than attending university. The NSW Nationals team have been working hard to improve access to TAFE services, including the recently opened Digital Hub in Armidale, and the Connected Learning Centres that are popping up around the state.

The NSW Government is offering 40 Bert Evans Scholarships this year open to all NSW students, and ten exclusively allocated to students from regional and rural areas. To be eligible to apply, you must be a registered apprentice who commenced their training between the 1st March, 2017 and the 30th May, 2018.

Nominations for the award close on the 30th May and can be submitted online by visiting or to the Department directly by phoning 13 28 11.