Fee-free training for young people in care

Published 18th February, 2016 in Family & Community Services, Education, Education

Fee-free scholarships have been extended for young people (15-30 years) who are in, or have left, out-of-home care.

A young woman and man learning how to lay bricks.
Fee-free scholarships will help young people in, or who have left, care find a job.

The scholarships fall under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled initiative and provide people with the skills they need to find a secure career.

Bryan, a 17-year-old who is in out-of-home care and studying full-time at TAFE NSW said the fee-free scholarship would be a great help.

“I really want to have a career in welding and engineering - I’ve always wanted to work with my hands - and this money will make such a difference to my studies.”

Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said young people don’t end up in out-of-home care if life has been easy.

“This opportunity makes access to vocational training a little easier for them,” he said.

Fifty thousand scholarships are available each year, and the NSW Government will invest up to $1 million per year for fee-free scholarships for qualifications up to Certificate IV.

Young people can choose from more than 600 qualifications and those already enrolled in an eligible course can also apply for a fee-free scholarship.

Find out how to apply

Published 18th February, 2016 in Family & Community Services, Education, Education