Young Australians who live in the ABS SA4 area of Barossa, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula can now apply for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications scholarship. This region includes all of the Yorke Peninsula, Eudunda and Riverton, the Clare Valley and almost up to Port Augusta. Round 3 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians is open in select regions experiencing high unemployment and offers up to $5,000 a year to undertake an approved course of study.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the scholarships offered a life-changing opportunity to study a VET qualification and complete an internship. “Education and training is critical to providing the current and future workforce that will support the economy and our society during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “I encourage young people in this eligible region to apply for a scholarship and take the opportunity to prepare for their future.” “Industries in the area are already searching for skilled workers and we expect that demand to increase as we recover from the pandemic,” Mr Ramsey said.
“This is a golden opportunity for these young people to to secure their future.” Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said these scholarships are about improving skills to connect young people in areas of high youth unemployment to training pathways and real jobs.
“We want to support young Australians to enter the vocational education and training sector which will help to create strong pathways to jobs in areas of skills needs and real outcomes,” Assistant Minister Irons said. “Scholarship winners will receive industry-based workplace learning and gain qualifications in growth industries.” 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. Scholarships will target occupations identified in projected growth industries and occupations identified as in-demand in 10 regional locations including Port Pirie: For more information and eligibility requirements please visit: https://www.employment.gov.au/commonwealth-scholarships-program-young-australians
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 86331744 October 26, 2020