Regional youth vocational scholarships available

Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, chats to childcare workers from Footprints Early Learning Centre

The second round of the regional youth vocational education and training (VET) scholarships program is open for young residents living in the electorate of Robertson.

The $8.2M program is targeted to 10 regions with high youth unemployment, with Gosford a part of this round.

This will enable successful applicants to undertake a VET qualification that is in demand in their local area.

Scholars receive up to $10,000 study assistance to complete a VET course from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level, plus $3,000 for a work placement or a 20-day paid internship with a local business.

Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said she was delighted that these scholarships will allow local young people to train in professions of vital importance to the people of Robertson, including childcare and aged care.

“Applications are now open and I encourage all young people to consider applying for these scholarships,” Wicks said.

“The Morrison Government is working hard to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity to get a job,” she added.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, said education and training was critical to providing the current and future workforce that would support the economy and our society during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are expanding the regional boundaries and extending the application period for the second round of the program so even more young Australians can apply,” said Cash.

Press release, May 12
Megan Golightly, Office of Lucy Wicks MP