The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is seeking the expertise and insight of regional representatives to identify jobs currently in demand or in projected growth industries to inform the delivery of the Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Young Australians.
The aim of the program is to support Young Australians to gain critical employability skills, which are embedded in VET qualifications, enabling them to enter and stay in the workforce.
The Consultation Paper for the program has been released in early September, seeking expertise and views of employer and employee representatives in the following regions:
- New South Wales: Grafton and Gosford
- Northern Territory: Alice Springs
- Queensland: Maryborough and Townsville
- South Australia: Port Pirie
- Tasmania: Burnie
- Victoria: Shepparton
- Western Australia: Wanneroo and Armadale
The Department has compiled a list of proposed occupations indicated through current research and is seeking assistance to refine the list of eligible occupations to reflect occupational priories in each particular region.
About the Program
Under the Australian Government’s $525.3 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, 400 young Australians will be supported to participate in vocational education and training programs through the introduction of the Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Young Australians. The participation in VET training will lead into occupations in identified areas of growth and skills needs, listed as in demand through consultation with regional representatives.
Young people aged 15-24 can apply for the scholarship program to undertake an eligible VET approved Program of Study. Priority will be given to applicants in the following cohorts:
- Individuals who have exited from the Australian Defence Force in the previous 2 years (age criteria not applicable to ADF applicants);
- Indigenous young Australians;
- young Australians with a disability; and
- young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Applicants who are eligible can apply for the scholarship to undertake an approved course of study at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma levels. Courses can be undertaken part-time or full-time, and Young Australian Scholars will receive up to $5000 per year in study assistance.
Further, as part of the scholarship, students are required to undertake a paid internship or work placement for 20 business days. In this time, Scholars will receive $3000 for the paid internship work and host employers will receive $500 per intern.
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