Williams Congratulates Apprentice Scholarship Winner

Williams Congratulates Apprentice Scholarship Winner

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today awarded Jay Blackwell with a $10,000 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship in Port Macquarie.

Mrs Williams said the scholarships are part of a $2.4 million program introduced by the NSW Liberals & Nationals designed to assist apprentices who face significant challenges and barriers in completing their qualification.

"This scholarship is a credit to Jay and I am proud to present him with this cheque for $5,000 to help him continue with his studies to gain his qualifications,” Mrs Williams said.

“Under the program, 40 first year recipients will receive $5,000 each year for three years. In this inaugural year of the scholarships we are also awarding scholarships to second and third year apprentices who will receive $5,000 for each year of their remaining study.”

“Jay is a second year Electrotechnology – Electrician apprentice with McDonald Pamplin Electrics in Telegraph Point and has been awarded the scholarship in the category of Aboriginal apprentice.

“Apprentices play a vital role in growing the NSW economy. That is why this Government recognises the need to provide additional financial support to help apprentices complete their training and gain their qualification,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the scholarship program aimed to support apprentices with a disability, Aboriginal apprentices and women in non-traditional trades.

“If young people are given support and the opportunity to excel in their trade not only will they reap the benefits but our community will prosper as well,” Mr Piccoli said.

“These scholarships are in addition to the Country Apprentice Scholarships we have awarded which support up to 30 apprentices in rural and regional NSW each year to meet additional costs associated with their training.”

Information on the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and Country Apprentice Scholarships is available from State Training Services Regional Centres on 13 28 11 and at www.training.nsw.gov.au

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