The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced.
A total of 100 scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training.
Mr Saunders said the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program offers a great incentive for apprentices to kick-start their career, with four locals successful as part of the program last year.
“Apprenticeships are vital to ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers in growth areas but we also understand it’s not always easy to complete a qualification,” he said.
“The scholarship program is all about giving aspiring apprentices an opportunity to start, change or further their career. Last year Johnathon Moston, Dustin Orth, Elijah Colliss and Henry O’Leary all received scholarships to help them get a start in their chosen trades.”
The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years.
Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bertevansscholarships or phone 13 28 11 for more information and to apply before the 28 May closing date.