Applications are now open for youths and veterans in Maryborough, Gympie and the Cooloola Coast for Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications scholarships.
Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said the scholarships would open new opportunities for people in Wide Bay, providing young people and veterans a pathway to in-demand professions including child care and aged care.
Round 3 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians offers up to $5,000 a year to undertake an approved course of study.
“The Commonwealth Scholarship Program is designed to help young people in Wide Bay get a solid start in their careers, and also gives priority to ex-defence force personnel who are re-skilling as they enter the civilian workforce,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring Wide Bay youths and veterams can upskill and reskill to secure a job, and we want to support young Australians to enter the vocational education and training sector.”
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the scholarships offered a life-changing opportunity to study a VET qualification and complete an internship.
“We know that our youth have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” Minister Cash said.
The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians is part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.
It will award around 400 young Australians from 10 regional locations with high youth unemployment up to $5,000 a year to study a qualification and an additional $3,000 to complete an internship.
Applications are sought from people who are not in full-time work, who are aged 15 to 24 years or people who have left the Australian Defence Force in the past two years.
Priority will also be given to Indigenous young Australians, young Australians living with disability and young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Scholarships will target occupations identified in projected growth industries and occupations identified as in-demand in selected regional locations, including Maryborough, Gympie and the Cooloola Coast.
For more information and eligibility requirements please visit: https://www.employment.gov.au/commonwealth-scholarships-program-young-australians
The scholarships will be delivered by Busy at Work and applications can be made at https://www.busyatwork.com.au/scholarship-program-for-young-australians/