Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has today encouraged first year apprentices doing it tough across the electorate to apply for the 2019 Bert Evans Scholarships.

The Scholarship, which is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, provides first year apprentices who are experiencing financial and personal hardship with $15,000 over three years to assist them complete their training.

Ms Cooke said that the scholarships would make a real difference to apprentices who are working hard to undertake training and contribute to the community.

“These scholarships are another great example of how the NSW Government is supporting our first year apprentices to get the skills they need to have successful careers,” Ms Cooke said.

“I encourage any local apprentice who is in need of a helping hand to consider applying. As a Government it’s important we do everything we can to ensure youth can stay in the country and have a fulfilling career, but we recognise that’s not always easy.”

Member for Skills and Tertiary Education, Dr Geoff Lee, said that the scholarships were a great way of ensuring that NSW continues to have a strong and skilled workforce.

“We know how important apprentices are to the future of our industries and these scholarships will help hard working apprentices who are struggling finish off their training and have fulfilling careers.”

Apprentices who start their training between May 1, 2018, and July 19, 2019, are eligible to apply. Applications close on July 19, 2019.

To lodge an application, visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11.