Young people who want to become nurses could get a leg-up thanks to a scholarship from the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said 250 Enrolled Nurses Scholarships were on offer, which were aimed at school leavers considering a career in nursing, but also available for anyone in the local community, young and old.

“Nurses are the backbone of our local hospitals and health facilities and I can think of no more rewarding career to embark on,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The terrific thing about the scholarship is it not only includes course fees for a Diploma of Nursing but there is a guaranteed job offer at the end of it.”

“Our nurses are regarded highly by the community and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a nurse at one of our public health facilities or hospitals.”

Mr Gulaptis said the scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing were available at 24 campuses, including the Northern NSW Local Health District and every other regional and rural Local Health District in NSW.

To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in NSW.

Aboriginal people were particularly encouraged to apply for the scholarships, in line with a commitment to grow the Aboriginal workforce across NSW and improve local health outcomes.

The scholarships run in partnership with TAFE NSW and the NSW Health Registered Training Organisation. To apply, visit the NSW Health website. Applications close on February 19.