Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages local first-year apprentices experiencing financial or other personal hardship to apply for a $15,000 Bert Evans Scholarship.
Mr Fraser said applications for Bert Evans Scholarships, which are worth $5000 a year over three years, are open until the end of May.
“A Bert Evans scholarship is one of the most significant ways an apprentice or trainee can secure $15,000 to make sure they have everything they need to finish their training,” Mr Fraser said.
“The Bert Evans scholarships help apprentices in financial or personal hardship to buy new tools, cover fuel and car maintenance costs, pay for extra training courses or cover the cost of living.
“As well as hardship, applicants also need to show they have a positive attitude as well as the professional aptitude to successfully complete their training.
“There can be many reasons why apprentices face personal hardships.
“They may be living away from home without any support and struggling to meet living and training costs, have a disability, or may come from difficult family situations.
“These scholarships have helped people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go on to rewarding careers and set them up for life.”
Local apprentices who started their training between 1 March 2017 and 30 May 2018 are eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said more students, parents and employers were recognising the value of vocational education and training (VET) to deliver rewarding careers and build skills that are in high demand in the community.
The scholarships were named after the late Bert Evans AO who was a passionate advocate of our VET sector for over 30 years.
For more information visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.