Local students entering their first or second year of university are invited to apply for Central Coast Council’s 2018 scholarship program.
The annual program provides an opportunity to combine study with paid employment with Council, which is one of the Coast’s largest employers. Central Coast Mayor, Clr Jane Smith, said Council was looking for bright, talented and enthusiastic students to be part of its scholarship program. “The program is designed to encourage participation in undergraduate studies by offering scholarship opportunities exclusively to our local students looking for a step up into their career,” Clr Smith said.
“Currently, the number of Central Coast residents with university qualifications sits at just 11 per cent, compared to 24 per cent for Greater Sydney, and 19 per cent across Australia,” she said. “We want to see this percentage increase by motivating students to continue their studies by giving them paid work experience in their chosen fi eld. “It would be terrific to see as many locals as possible have the opportunity to enjoy a long and successful career on the Coast rather than having to travel to major capital cities for career advancement,” she said.
Scholarships are available in a range of undergraduate degrees, including business, social science, natural resources, environmental management , engineering, water/ sewer operations, human resources, early childhood and information technology. Council scholarship student, Zacheriah Simunovic, said his scholarship experience with Central Coast Council had allowed him to thoroughly engage with the learning content at university, and to develop a more practical skill set in the workplace. “I worked within Waterways and Asset Management, and this section is made up of a diverse range of professionals such ecologists, environmental engineers, hydrologists and environmental planners,” he said. “The most enjoyable aspect of my scholarship experience was being able to apply the analytical and engineering-specific skills developed at university, to actual problems present in my projected career path,” he said.
Council’s Executive Manager, People and Culture, Ms Kellie Reeves, said Council scholarships gave students the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by professionals, which could help them develop skills and give them an edge on the competition when they enter the workforce. “It is also a great way to make professional contacts. “Successful applicants will receive $2,500 paid in two instalments: $1,250 is presented on admission to the university or commencement of the second year, with the remainder provided after successful completion of the program, which includes 140 hours of paid work placement,” Ms Reeves said. For more information or to apply visit: centralcoast.nsw.gov. au or call the Council’s People and Culture Team
Source: Media release, Oct 4 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council