As part of Central’s Anti Poverty Week conference, Deputy Premier and Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Kim Hames MLA and Executive Director of the TDA National Scholarship Foundation, Theresa Collignon, presented Mick Young Scholarships to Central students.
This is the first time Central has offered the scholarship program to its students, which helps recipients such as Peter Simpson balance life and study.
A desire to help his elderly father, while also giving something back to the community, prompted Peter to study aged care, but financial issues left him struggling to continue his qualifications.
A financial boost in the form of a Mick Young Scholarship will allow Peter to complete his course through Central.
Peter was one of 25 Central students presented with a Mick Young Scholarship by Minister Kim Hames at the Central’s Northbridge campus.
“These scholarships are awarded to students who are motivated and driven to complete their qualifications but need financial assistance to do so,” Dr Hames said.
“By gaining relevant skills through training, individuals from across the social spectrum can follow their selected career pathway and establish a solid foundation for their future.
“A lack of access to education and training can have a major impact on a young person’s future, so initiatives like the Mick Young Scholarships are important in ensuring they can work towards gaining necessary skills and qualifications.”
Worth $500 each, the scholarships are a joint program, co-funded by the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) National Scholarships Foundation and the Central Institute of Technology to help students facing financial challenges.
Plans are under way for Central to continue working with the TDA National Scholarships Foundation to extend the program’s availability to more students.
- Mick Young Scholarships, provided through TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation, were first offered in 1997
- A former shearer, Mick Young was a senior Federal politician who raised funds to help students complete their education
- The scholarship was established in his name to assist disadvantaged children and adults in pursuing their education opportunities
Photography by Shaireen Vantuil