Steph Cooke and Mitchell Collins stand in front of a large red header and shake hands.
Steph Cooke MP with Bert Evans Scholarship winner Mitchell Collins in 2020

The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist Cootamundra electorate apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program.

100 scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program offers a great incentive for eligible locals to kick-start their career.

“We have seen this great scholarship program support four talented local apprentices over the past few years; Shannon D’Souza from Cootamundra, Mitchell Collins, William Cowen and James Moon all from West Wyalong,” Ms Cooke said.

“This scholarship helps apprentices complete their qualifications and gives them the opportunity to develop their skills through financial support.”

“If you know someone who should apply, please put their hat in the ring for this program and help keep skilled workers in our communities.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring training for apprentices remains accessible to all.

“As NSW has seen through the global pandemic, apprentices remain a crucial part the state’s economy and make a strong contribution to local businesses and communities,” Mr Lee said.

“I encourage the people of NSW to explore the range of initiatives and programs available to support apprentices, including the Bert Evans Scholarship program and the NSW Government’s fee-free apprenticeships initiative.”

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

Visit or phone 13 28 11 for more information and to apply before the 28 May closing date.