Queenslanders who are leaving school this year, considering a career change or just need a boost to get skills that will get them a job, are encouraged to apply for a TAFE Queensland scholarship with applications now open.
The scholarships are available to support study of a wide range of qualifications at a TAFE Queensland location from semester one, 2018 by providing $5000 to help cover the costs of study such as course fees, text books and living expenses.
The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program is Australia's largest vocational education scholarship program, which since its introduction has awarded over 130 industry-based scholarships worth $5,000 each to help students achieve their career goals.
TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region General Manager Karen Dickinson said the scholarships provide an opportunity for Queenslanders everywhere to develop their skills and gain a qualification to secure jobs in some of the largest and fastest growing industries.
"We know the power vocational education has to change people's lives and help them achieve extraordinary things," Karen said.
"This year we are proud to offer scholarships to study qualifications in a diverse range of industries including hospitality, engineering, science, technology, business and more."
"Two types of scholarships are available. The first are merit scholarships aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers. The second are access and equity scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship.
"I encourage anyone looking to start their career or make a career change to apply," she said.
2016 was a life changing year for father of seven Mark Watego. For two years he had a longing to further his education, but it was difficult to find the money and time to balance work, family and study.
It was only when he applied for the TAFE Queensland Scholarship program that studying seemed possible.
Mark was fortunate enough to secure himself a scholarship which allowed him to study the Diploma of Community Services, the course he had always dreamed of.
"I am truly appreciative to have been gifted a scholarship. It has helped my family and I move towards our goals," said Mark.
"It has assisted me with all my TAFE expenses and afforded me the opportunity to study the course I had waited so long for," he said.
Mark was awarded the South-East Queensland Vocational Student of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards in July 2016.
This year, TAFE Queensland is working with the Queensland Government to offer Advance Queensland - TAFE Queensland Pathways Scholarships as part of this scholarships round.
TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said the Advance Queensland-funded scholarships would be offered over two years to help students gain the skills required to maximise their chance of employment or enable them to progress to further study in STEM-related careers including nursing, engineering, science, and technology.
"A person's circumstances can sometimes prevent them from being successful in tertiary education and these scholarships will help to level the playing field, especially encouraging people who might not have thought about a career where qualifications in science and technology are needed," Ms Schmidt said.
"These Advance Queensland scholarships will improve opportunity across demographic groups and help students from all walks of life to start their STEM-related career to prepare them for jobs of the future," she said.
Applications for the scholarships to support study at TAFE Queensland in semester one, 2018 close on 31 August 2017.
For more information visit scholarships.tafeqld.edu.au