Applications Open for 150 Apprentice Scholarships

150 New Scholarships available to apprentices
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State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, is encouraging hardworking first-year apprentices who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship to apply for up to $15,000 with NSW Government Bert Evans Scholarship Program.

Apprentices facing financial or personal hardship will be supported to undertake their trade and study through a $2.25 million NSW Government scholarship program. Applications have now opened for the program that will support 150 apprentices with $15,000 each to complete their training and further their career.

The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years. A total of 751 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships have been awarded since 2014.

The NSW Government run program offers grants of $5,000 annually over three years to help people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go onto rewarding careers.

The scholarships are awarded to apprentices in metropolitan and regional NSW who have demonstrated:

financial hardship and/or personal hardship
capability for vocational education and training, and
a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training.

Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Tim Crakanthorp said:

“With demand for vocational education high, this year we have increased the number of Bert Evans scholarships on offer to help more apprentices through their training.

“Whether you need to purchase new tools, cover fuel or car maintenance costs, or pay for additional training courses, these scholarships have helped people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go onto rewarding careers.

Apprenticeships are vital in ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers, and we want to give our apprentices a helping hand to complete their training, so they can make a strong contribution in their jobs and in the lives of their families and communities

State Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr said:

“I encourage local training providers, schools and employers to urge their apprentices who meet the criteria to apply for a Bert Evans scholarship.”

Applications must be submitted by Friday 21 July 2023.