Media Release: $5000 Scholarships for Apprenticeships in Townsville

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$5000 Scholarships for Apprenticeships in Townsville

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging Townsville locals who are hoping to take on an apprenticeship to take advantage of $5,000 scholarships available from this week.
BUSY at Work will administer the Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Young Australians in the city, as part of another positive plan to help address youth unemployment.
Mr Thompson said while Vocational Education and Training (VET) had suffered under the administration of the Queensland State Labor Government, this was an example of how the Federal Government is playing its part.
“Not only do we have the Industry Training Hub starting up soon in Townsville, but we’re providing these $5,000 scholarships to give locals a head-start for their apprenticeships,” he said.
“We are committed to ensuring every young Australian can find work, and as the Member for Herbert I’ve been focussed on ensuring this assistance makes its way to Townsville.
“I’m glad to see there are around 2,700 locals engaged in apprenticeships in Townsville, but I’m looking forward to seeing that number grow even further thanks to this program.”
The announcement is part of an $8.2 million investment nation-wide, to help young Australians complete VET courses and train them for jobs that are in demand in their local areas.
“Participants will be given the opportunity to complete a VET course from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level and participate in a 20 business-day paid internship with a local business,” Mr Thompson said.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Steve Irons said he was pleased to see Townsville receiving the support it needs.
“This Scholarship program is yet another demonstration of the commitment of the Morrison Government to the people of Townsville,” Mr Irons said. 
“It builds on our announcement in November 2019 of this region being one of the first two in Australia for an Industry Training Hub, and together these initiatives will help tackle the problem of long-term youth unemployment.”
“These kinds of things don’t happen in isolation: Phil is a passionate local MP and he has been raising the need for investment in the Townsville region since he was elected.”
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