First year apprentices facing financial or personal hardship will be supported with a $15,000 scholarship to undertake their trade and study through a NSW Government scholarship program.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government will invest $1.8 million in the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships to support 120 people to either start, change or further their career.

“Apprenticeships are a critical part of ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers, but we also understand the financial limitations and challenges that arise for apprentices while completing a trade,” Mr Henskens said.

“This year we have increased the number of scholarships on offer in recognition of the demand for 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.”

The NSW Government will provide $5,000 each year for three years to support apprentices who demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and training and are committed to their on the job and formal training.

“As NSW has seen through bushfires, floods and the pandemic, apprentices remain a vital part of the economy and make a strong contribution to local businesses and communities,” Mr Henskens said.

“There were more than 107,000 people in-training across NSW, a 29 per cent increase on the year before.

“The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are in addition to the 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and 70,000 fee-free traineeships and other low-fee courses funded by the NSW Government.”

Applications are now open and will close Friday, 27 May 2022. More information and how to apply is available online or call 13 28 11.

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