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ACS Foundation Partners with NSW on STEM Skills Scheme

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016

IA

Connects tech students on scholarships to industry.

NSW students that undertake “vocational training in technology-based growth industries” will be able to apply for $1000 government scholarships beginning in March this year.

The state minister for skills John Barilaro used a visit to Port Macquarie TAFE to officially launch the Jobs of Tomorrow scholarships.

The scholarships are to be made available to 25,000 students over the next four years. They provide eligible students with $500 at the commencement of their studies and $500 upon completing their qualification.

The state government will spend a total of $25 million on the scheme. It falls under a broader Jobs for NSW scheme that aims to create 150,000 new jobs in the state by March 2019.

The scholarship scheme was an election pledge by the Baird Government in the lead-up to the state election in NSW in March last year.

“Three quarters of the fastest growing occupations in Australia require skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – collectively known as STEM skills,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said at the time.

“Employers are demanding workers with high level STEM skills and we will invest $25 million to encourage more vocational education and training students to enrol in, and complete, courses in these areas to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The government will in part rely on new industry partnerships to help connect STEM students to relevant work and networking opportunities during their training, “while helping people already working in these fields enrol for additional STEM studies.”

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