Grants of $15,000 available for Shepparton youth interested in VET courses

Scholarships of up to $15,000 are now available for Shepparton’s youth either enrolled in or looking to enrol in a VET course, thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians (CSPFYA).

The Program is part of the Federal Government’s $585 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

The round currently open is Round 3, with the first instalment of Round 3 opening on 26 October 2020 and closing on 4 December 2020.

The second instalment of Round 3 will open 29 January 2021 and close 12 March 2021.

The CSPFYA offers the opportunity for eligible youth aged 15-24 years old and ex-ADF (transitioned within the past two years, no age restrictions) in Shepparton, who are already enrolled or are looking to enrol into a Vocation Education and Training (VET) course.

Those eligible can apply for a scholarship worth up to $14,500, this will provide financial assistance for costs directly related to studies.

The program provides the scholarships over three years, with up to $5,000 per year.

CSPFYA supports youth and ex-ADF in gaining critical employability skills as well as hands on work experience through completing a 20-day internship or mandatory work placement, enabling them to enter the workforce and gain sustainable employment.

Flexible study methods for students include face-to-face learning, online/distance learning and blended learning.

Successful scholars will receive fortnightly payments for the duration of their course, and an additional $3,000 for completion of work placement or up to $3,000 for a 20-day paid internship with a local business.

To be successful applicants must be:

  • Aged 15 -24 Years old,
  • Not currently employed full time or enrolled in Secondary School (can be transitioning from school into further education),
  • Living in the Shepparton region (Region includes surrounding area’s such as: Mooroopna, Tatura, Kyabram, Echuca, Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Rochester and Rushworth),
  • Have commenced study or are looking to study an eligible Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification at a Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level; and
  • Interested in studying a course which leads to an eligible occupation in demand.

Priority will be given to young people who are:

  • Indigenous Australians.
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse background clients.
  • People with a disability.
  • Priority will also be given to people, regardless of age, who have exited the Australian Defence Force in the past 2 years.

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