TAFE Queensland is awarding up to 100 scholarships to Queenslanders looking to build lifelong careers.
Applications are now open, with recipients to receive up to $5000 to study any TAFE Queensland qualification in 2022, from a Certificate III through to advanced diploma across all industry areas.
TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said scholarships would help cover the costs of course fees, text books and living expenses.
“We know the power vocational education has to change people’s lives and we want to help people fulfil their career potential regardless of their circumstances,” she said.
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There are two types of scholarships available – Merit Scholarships aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers, and Access and Equity Scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship.
The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program launched in 2015 and has awarded more than $1.8 million, helping more than 390 Queenslanders pursue their careers goals.
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Mrs Campbell said there were more scholarships on offer than ever before thanks to two new partners to the TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program, RACQ and CPL.
“RACQ have come on-board to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to study in the Townsville region, while CPL have provided funding for scholarships under the Access and Equity category for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.”
With an average of 600 applications received each year, Mrs Campbell encouraged anyone looking to start their career or make a career change to apply now.
“Whether you’re leaving school, considering a career change or looking to upskill, all Queenslanders are urged to apply.”
Among the most in-demand courses are Diploma of Nursing, Certificate III in Horticulture, Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, Diploma of Community Services, Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate III in Individual Support. They are among the top performing courses at Sunshine Coast campuses, as well as apprenticeships in electrotechnology, plumbing and carpentry.
The Certificate IV in in Disability, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention are also popular picks for Sunshine Coast residents.
Applications for a TAFE Queensland scholarship to commence study in semester one, 2022, will close on 24 September 2021. For more information visit scholarships.tafeqld.edu.au.