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Minister for Skills John Barilaro has welcomed the initiative that
offers 25,000 scholarships to students around NSW during his visit to
Port Macquarie TAFE today.
The scholarships are part of the Jobs for Tomorrow program that
encourages more vocational education and training (VET) students to
enrol in and complete courses in science, technology, engineering and
"The NSW economy is growing rapidly and we are focused on
educating a highly skilled workforce for the jobs of tomorrow,"
Mr Barilaro said.
"We are delivering on our pre-election commitment to create
150,000 jobs in NSW by making it easier for students to get the skills
Students training in science, technology, engineering or
maths-related courses through Smart and Skilled are eligible for a
$1,000 "Jobs of Tomorrow" scholarship.
As part of the program, new industry partnerships will help connect
STEM students to relevant work and networking opportunities during
their training, while helping people already working in these fields
enrol for additional STEM studies.
"The addition of this industry partnership program means
employers will be able to support students during training - through
networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities and
work experience," Mr Barilaro said.
Almost 70 qualifications at Certificate IV and above are eligible for
the scholarships, while current industry partners include the NSW
Business Chamber, the Association of Consulting Surveyors, the
Australian Computer Society Foundation and the Australian Industry Group.
Contact: John Morrison