Students on the Sunshine Coast could once again benefit from a bursary of $1,000 to help them enter the world of work under the third round of Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace’s Ready, Set, Go! bursary. Applications are open for this final round of 2020 from today until Monday 16 November 2020, after the second bursary was won by 18 year old Meridan State College student Courtney Byron.
Mr Wallace said that the Ready, Set, Go! bursary is for students who are pursuing any trade.
“You don’t have to be a chippy like me, or an aspiring sparky like our first winner Tom Loane to receive a Ready, Set, Go! bursary. Our second deserving winner Courtney is hoping to begin her apprenticeship as a hair dresser next year and she used her bursary to buy new scissors and hair straighteners. I hope to see many more applications from young women and men alike in this new round.” Mr Wallace said.
The Ready, Set, Go! bursary is available three times a year to students living in the Federal electorate of Fisher who are in their final year of education and preparing to enter the world of work, including school leavers and university or TAFE students in their last year of study. In 2020, the bursaries will be specifically provided for students who are aiming to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship in the coming year.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for all of us, so more than ever I want to make sure my Ready, Set Go! bursary is flexible and can reflect the real needs of local young people in their search for work. That means there is no prescriptive list which lays out what these bursaries can and cannot be used for. Courtney and Tom both applied for tools of their chosen trades but I’m keen to hear from local students about what will make the biggest difference for them.” he said.
Eligible students under the age of 25 living in Fisher can make an application for the third round of the bursary online at www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/readysetgo from Monday 2 November 2020 until 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020, explaining why they need support to prepare for the workplace and what they would use the bursary toward.
Previous winner Courtney Byron said “I was a bit speechless to be honest. I didn’t think I was going to be the winner. There are so many people who could apply for this bursary, and I am so thankful that I did. This is going to really kickstart my apprenticeship.”
“I continue to hope this program will show that despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a person leaving education on the Sunshine Coast doesn’t need to go anywhere to build the career of their dreams or start their own business. They can do it right here and they can have it all right here in the community they call home.” Mr Wallace said.
For more information on Andrew Wallace’s Ready Set Go! bursary, to read the terms and conditions or to apply see www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/readysetgo.