Queenslanders who wish to study at TAFE Queensland in 2022 are being urged to apply for one of the 100 scholarships on offer with applications closing Friday 24 September.
Successful recipients will receive up to $5,000 to help cover the costs of course fees, text books and living expenses.
TAFE Queensland delivers hands-on, practical training across almost 500 qualifications at more than 60 campus locations throughout Queensland, from Thursday Island in the North, to Coolangatta in the South East, and as far west as Mount Isa.
Recipients can enrol into a qualification level of their choice from a Certificate III up to an Advance Diploma across a range of industries such as health, trades, business, creative, hair and beauty, hospitality, information technology and many more.
TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Mary Campbell said the scholarships provide an opportunity for Queenslanders to develop their skills and gain a qualification to secure jobs in some of the largest and fastest growing industries.
“For anyone who is interested in studying to gain the skills they need to get a job, including those considering a career change – now is the time to get started,” she said.
There are two types of scholarships available, one being Merit scholarships aimed at supporting people who have demonstrated strong levels of achievement to advance their careers. The second are Access and Equity scholarships designed to help students who are battling social or financial hardship.
After he found himself unemployed in 2020, accomplished pianist Cezar Ostaszewski decided to enrol into the Diploma of Music Industry – Sound Production at TAFE Queensland’s Coomera campus to learn new industry trends and techniques.
He then applied for a TAFE Queensland Scholarship to help finance his studies and to his surprise, he was awarded a merit scholarship of $5,000.
“The scholarship has given me the financial freedom to focus on my studies and gain new skills in sound engineering and music production, which is priceless to me,” he said.
To anyone who is thinking about applying for a TAFE Queensland scholarship, Cezar said he highly recommends everyone to apply, no matter how old you are or what circumstances you’re in.
“It is a very easy step by step process of answering some questions about you, your study and you career goals. To be chosen and granted a scholarship is a great honour which will give you a lot of satisfaction and joy,” he said.
The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program first launched in 2015 and has since awarded over $1.8 million; helping more than 390 Queenslanders pursue their careers goals.
Mrs Campbell said this year there are more scholarships on offer than ever before thanks to two new partners to the TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program – RACQ and CPL.
“RACQ have come on-board to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to study in the Townsville region, while CPL have provided funding for scholarships under the Access and Equity category for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.”
With an average of 600 applications received each year, Mrs Campbell encourages anyone looking to start their career or make a career change to apply now.
Applications for a TAFE Queensland scholarship to study in 2022 close on Friday 24 September 2021.
For more information visit scholarships.tafeqld.edu.au.