Scholarship the tool to success for apprentices

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging local first-year apprentices who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship to apply for a $15,000 Bert Evans Scholarship.

Ms Cooke said applications are now open for the scholarships which are worth $5000 a year over three years.

“A Bert Evans scholarship is one of the most significant ways an apprentice or trainee can secure $15,000 to make sure they have everything they need to finish their training,” Ms Cooke said.

“The scholarships help apprentices in financial or personal hardship to buy new tools, cover fuel and car maintenance costs, pay for extra training courses or cover the cost of living.

“As well as hardship, applicants also need to show they have a positive attitude as well as the professional aptitude to successfully complete their training.”

Local apprentices who started their training between March 1, 2017 and May 30, 2018 are eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. Applications for this year’s scholarships are open until Thursday, May 31.

“Apprentices may be living away from home without any support and struggling to meet living and training costs, have a disability, or may come from difficult family situations,” Ms Cooke said.

“These scholarships have helped people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go onto rewarding careers and set them up for life.

“I strongly encourage any local apprentices who meet the criteria to apply now for a scholarship,” she added.

These scholarships were named after the late Bert Evans AO who was a passionate advocate of our VET sector for over 30 years.

For more information visit or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.