Apprentices get a helping hand through scholarship program

A young man who has found his niche in the graphic design and signwriting industry has been named as one of four apprentices from the region to be awarded a prestigious Bert Evans Scholarship in 2020.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced on Friday that Johnathon Moston, who is employed by Ultimate Digital in Dubbo, is one of four local apprentices to receive $5000 per year over the next three years to further their training and education.

He joins Dustin Orth from Skillset, Elijah Colliss from R and D Glass Service, and Henry O’Leary from Troy Lomax Farrier Service as recipients of the scholarship.

Mr Saunders said scholarship winners have shown tremendous determination to develop their skills in vocational education and training and should be commended.

“A Bert Evans Scholarship is a tremendous honour and I know Johnathon and the other recipients will make the most of the support,” he said.

“As a government we’re committed to assisting apprentices and by helping Johnathon, Dustin, Elijah and Henry, we’re helping them to add to their skillsets and making them even greater assets to their employers.

“The heartbeat of any good business is good employees, and these scholarships will help these committed young men to take the next step in their chosen careers.”

For Johnathon Moston, the funding will take a lot of pressure off as he learns the craft of his chosen industry.

“I had to ask whether they were serious when I got the phone call to say I’d been successful. Excited isn’t even a strong enough word to describe it,” he said.

“The money will let me do some courses that will help me become better at my job, but also save my work from the cost of sending me to those courses so it helps everyone.”

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