Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today encouraged local first year apprentices who are experiencing financial hardship to apply for a $15,000 scholarship from the NSW Government.


Mr Anderson said the scholarships are part of a new $2.4 million scholarship program to assist apprentices who need additional financial support.


“The NSW Government is offering 40 scholarships, each worth $15,000 over three years, for beginning apprentices who have demonstrated financial hardship in completing their qualification.


“Apprentices are vital to the economic growth of our community and the State, and it has been recognised that some students need additional support to help them achieve their training qualification.


“The 40 first year recipients will receive $5000 each year, for three years. To get the program going there are also scholarships available to 40 second year and 40 third year apprentices, worth $5000 for each year of study remaining. In total 120 new scholarships will be awarded this year, at a total value of $600,000,” Mr Anderson said.


The scholarships are designed to assist apprentices who face significant challenges in completing their qualification, particularly those students with a disability, Aboriginal apprentices and women in non-traditional trades.


“The scholarships are named in honour of the NSW Apprentices Ambassador, Bert Evans AO, who has spent a lifetime supporting vocational education and training apprentices in NSW.


“These scholarships are in addition to the existing Country Apprentice Scholarships program, which supports 30 students each year to cover the additional costs that are faced by apprentices in rural and regional NSW,” Mr Anderson concluded.


Information on the scholarships is available from State Training Services Regional Centres on 13 28 11 and at

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