Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly has announced that applications are now open for the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and encourages all hard working apprentices to apply.

The scholarships support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship, demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and are committed to their on and off the job training.

Mr Conolly said up to 95 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding apprentices in NSW at a time when the State faces challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start a career, and apprentices are vital to our State’s growth, but we also understand it’s not always easy to complete a qualification,” Mr Conolly said.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said apprentices were vital to driving NSW forward during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to back our apprentices by giving them a helping hand to complete their training and gain a qualification so they can make a strong contribution in their jobs and in the lives of their families and communities,” Mr Lee said.

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant many industries are experiencing a pause, so this scholarship could not have come at a better time.”

The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years. For more information and to lodge an application, visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.

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