Steph Cooke and Mitchell Collins stand close together and smile at the camera. Mitchell holds his scholarship certificate. They stand in front of a large red header.
Steph Cooke MP and Bert Evans Scholarship winner Mitchell Collins. This image is a file photo and dates from prior to current social distancing measures

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced applications are now open for the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and encouraged all hard working apprentices to apply.

The scholarships support apprentices who demonstrate dedication to their studies and are committed to their on and off the job training. These $15,000 scholarships are a substantial assistance for apprentices throughout their training, removing some of the financial pressure of studying a trade.

Ms Cooke said up to 95 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding apprentices in NSW at a time when the State faces challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have seen firsthand how much of an impact this fund can have on apprentices and what it can do to help further their careers,” Ms Cooke said.

“I highly recommend local apprentices apply for this scholarship and get this financial boost to help them learn their trade.”

Three apprentices in the Bland Shire were awarded the Bert Evans Scholarship in 2019, with William Cowen, James Moon and Mitchell Collins recognised for their dedication and potential.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said apprentices were vital to driving NSW forward during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to back our apprentices by giving them a helping hand to complete their training and gain a qualification so they can make a strong contribution in their jobs and in the lives of their families and communities,” Mr Lee said.

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant many industries are experiencing a pause, so this scholarship could not have come at a better time.”

The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years.

For more information and to lodge an application, visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.