Gold Coast business owner credits TAFE Queensland scholarship for his success

After being turned down for numerous higher level jobs in the oil and gas industry, a TAFE Scholarship helped to create career success for a Gold Coast apprentice.

In 2015, Toby Di Cola secured a $5,000 TAFE Queensland scholarship and used the opportunity to advance his career by obtaining a formal qualification in Electrotechnology.

Toby told myGC he had been working in the oil and gas industry on Curtis Island for years and had been unsuccessful when applying for higher level jobs due his lack of formal qualifications. “I applied for the scholarship because I wanted to widen my knowledge and pursue a better career. I had nothing to lose,” he said.


The Scholarship helped the Robina local with living expenses and created the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control. Now Toby owns and operates Serene Electrical with a dual-trade business partner Daniel Gane, and together they employ three qualified tradespeople, one mature-aged apprentice and one school-based apprentice.

“Attending TAFE opened up so many doors for me. I have been lucky enough to meet mentors and people that I wouldn’t have, had I not applied for the scholarship,” said Toby.

He is now encouraging others to apply for the $5,000 TAFE Queensland scholarship.

“You have to be in it to win it. Just fill in the application and have a go – you never know where it might lead.”

Applications are now open and are available to support study of a wide range of qualifications at a TAFE Queensland location from semester one, 2018 by providing $5000 to help cover the costs of study such as course fees, textbooks and living expenses.

Applications for the scholarships to support study at TAFE Queensland in semester one, 2018 close on 31 August 2017.

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