By Juliano Oliveira
TAFE Queensland is conferring 100 scholarships of up to $5,000 to study any qualification from a certificate III to advanced diplomas and bachelor’s degrees.
There are two types of scholarships available. First, merit Scholarships focused on supporting people who have demonstrated intense levels of achievement to advance their careers. Second, Access and Equity Scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship.
Interested in studying in semester one of 2022 have until 24 September to lodge an application. The scholarship program is part of over $1 billion for training and skills in the recent state budget.
“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,” Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said.
“These scholarships are another opportunity for Queenslanders to take courses that will lead to real, rewarding jobs in a wide range of industries.”
The scholarships will help cover the costs of course fees, textbooks, and living expenses.
The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program first launched in 2015. Since then, it has helped more than 390 Queenslanders pursue their career goals thanks to more than $1.8million of support.
TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Mary Campbell, said this year RACQ and CPL have partnered with the TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program to support Queenslanders to receive access to training.
“RACQ has come on-board to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to study in the Townsville region, while CPL has provided funding for scholarships under the Access and Equity category for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability,” Mrs Campbell said.
With an average of 600 applications received each year, Mrs Campbell said she encourages 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.”