Scholarships help young Australians get busy at work

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Not-for-profit BUSY At Work to deliver Commonwealth Scholarships Program for vulnerable youth.

Through the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians, BUSY At Work will offer at least 400 scholarships worth up to $5,000 a year to young people undertaking a qualification from a Certificate III to an Advanced Diploma and a 20 day paid internship with a local business worth up to $3,000.

BUSY At Work is a regular stop for the Federal Government, having provided apprenticeship services for 22 years.

The scholarships aim to give a boost to young people in 10 regional areas with high youth unemployment, where up to 1 in 5 young people are out of a job:

  • Grafton and Gosford in New South Wales
  • Alice Springs in the Northern Territory
  • Maryborough and Townsville in Queensland
  • Port Pirie in South Australia
  • Burnie in Tasmania
  • Shepparton in Victoria, and
  • Armadale and Wanneroo in Western Australia.

Scholarships will be available for applicants who are aged between 15 and 24 years or recently exited from the Australian Defence Force, with priority given to applicants who are Indigenous, have a disability, or are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The program is part of the $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.

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