HARD YAKKA: Some apprentices do it tough and a Bert Evans Scholarship offers a helping hand.
HARD YAKKA: Some apprentices do it tough and a Bert Evans Scholarship offers a helping hand. Dave Noonan

Hard slog to get a trade helped by scholarships

GETTING through a trade apprenticeship takes plenty of hard work and a few sacrifices and a helping hand along the way can make a huge difference.

The Bert Evans Scholarship is a scheme to assist first year apprentices who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship to make it through and offer successful applicants a $15,000 benefit, paid at $5000 for each of three years.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said applications must be received by the end of May.

"A Bert Evans scholarship is one of the most significant ways an apprentice or trainee can make sure they have everything they need to finish training,” he 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.”

Mr Fraser said there can be many reasons why apprentices can sometimes do it tough.

"They 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.

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

Local apprentices who started training between March 1 last year and are to commence indentures by May 30 this year are eligible to apply for the next round of scholarships.

The program is named after the late Bert Evans AO who was a passionate advocate of the vocational and education sector for over 30 years.

Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.