Scholarships worth up to $5000 a year are available for Shepparton youths who are keen to get the skills and qualifications they need for in-demand trade jobs.

Targeting regional areas with high youth unemployment, around 400 young Australians from 10 locations – Shepparton being the only Victorian location – will be awarded up to $5000 a year to attain a vocational education and training qualification, plus an additional $3000 to complete an internship.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the 10 locations targeted under the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians matched those that will see Industry Training Hubs established as part of a Federal Government $50.6 million investment.

Shepparton’s Industry Training Hub is expected to be up and running by January 2021.

Mr Drum said the Federal Government is committed to ensuring young Australians in the Shepparton region can upskill and reskill to secure a job.

“We want to support these people to enter the vocational education and training sector as much as possible,” Mr Drum said.

“This will help to create strong pathways to jobs in areas of skills needs and result in real-world outcomes for not only those looking for work, but industry as a whole.”

The scholarships program forms part of the Federal Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.

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.

Priority will also be given to Indigenous young Australians, young Australians living with disability, and young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the scholarships offered a life-changing opportunity to study a VET qualification and complete an internship.

“We know that our youth have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” Ms Cash said.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Steve Irons, said the scholarships are about improving skills to connect young people to training pathways and jobs.

“Scholarship winners will receive industry-based workplace learning and gain qualifications in growth industries,” Mr Irons said.

Applications close December 4. For questions about the application process, call 13 28 79 or email scholarships@busyatwork.com.au no later than December 3.

Scholarship winners can choose to study part-time or full-time.

For more information about eligibility requirements and to apply please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website.

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