Nominations for Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are now closed for 2017.
Apprentices facing financial hardship while pursuing trade qualifications can apply for a Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship which can help them with buying tools or their travel to on-the-job training.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the man honoured by the scholarships, the late Bert Evans, was a distinguished advocate of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in NSW for more than 30 years.
Up to 50 scholarships are awarded each year including 10 NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships, and each is worth $5,000 per year over three years.
“The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships help apprentices who have significant personal challenges but demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and training, and a positive attitude in the workplace and off-the-job training,” Mr Barilaro said.
“In some cases they may be the sole supporters of their family and have difficulty buying tools for their trade, while others travel hundreds of kilometres just to attend formal training, or they may be the first in their family to break a cycle of generational unemployment.”
Scholarships recipients are more likely to complete their apprenticeships with figures showing their retention rate at 83 per cent.
Even more promising is the retention rate for women benefiting from the scholarships, at more than 87 per cent.
“My message to training providers and employers is this – if you know of a deserving apprentice, encourage them to apply for a scholarship today.”
One such deserving apprentice is Stephen Norris, from the Campbelltown area in Sydney’s outer south-west, who qualified for a Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship as an Indigenous apprentice working in a skills shortage area.
Despite a challenging childhood, including being in out-of-home care when he was just nine, Stephen has shown great resilience and determination to overcome those challenges.
The Master Plumbers Apprentices took him on as an apprentice at the age of 16.
Two years on, he has left out-of-home care and says he will use his Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship to become a “respected, hard-working tradesman” through completing a Certificate IV in plumbing and becoming a licensed plumber.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, pictured with Russell Evans (Bert Evan's son) and past recipients of the Bert Evans Scholarships at a function at Parliament House in Sydney.
Applications closed at 5:00pm on Tuesday 30th May 2017.
For more information and to apply, visit Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship 2017