Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is encouraging local students interested in learning a trade to apply for a Defence Technical Scholarship.
The 2011 program is currently taking applications for up to1500 scholarships to students in Years 11 and 12 interested in pursuing a technical trade career in the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Husic said the initiative, now in its third year, offered local high school students some great opportunities.
“This is a unique award, as it’s still the only large scale scholarship targeting students wishing to learn a trade whilst still at school,” Mr Husic said.
“Students in Year 11 and 12 receive financial support to learn a trade, and at the same time they’re encouraged to stay and complete their senior school years, so it’s a win-win situation. “
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, said the program had been a tremendous success since its launch in 2008.
“The Australian Government’s commitment can be seen in the results over the past two years - in fact over the two years of the program we have awarded in excess of 1300 scholarships,” Mr Snowdon said.
To be eligible for the $2000 scholarship in Year 11 and $3000 scholarship in Year 12, students need to be studying Mathematics and English and a vocational or syllabus technical trade subject. Students also need to have a genuine interest in joining the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Husic noted there was no obligation for scholarship recipients to enter the Australian Defence Force.
“Applications close on 11 March 2011 and require the support of the schools to be progressed, so don’t delay.”
Further information, including applications, can be found at www.defencejobs.gov.au/DTS or call the info line on 1300 880 818.
PHOTOS: Photos of previous scholarship winners are available for download at www.adfmedia.smugmug.com/Snowdon