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Fee-free training for young people in care

18 February 2016
Fee-free scholarships have been extended for young people (15-30 years) who are in, or have left, out-of-home care.
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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

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