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Coast students entering their first or second year of university can now apply for Central Coast Council’s 2018 scholarship program. Coast students entering their first or second year of university can now apply for Central Coast Council’s 2018 scholarship program. Featured
28 October 2017 Posted by 

REGION NEEDS TO BE SMARTER

Next-gen university support
UNIVERSITY education is lagging on the Central Coast with less than half our residents having a qualification compared to our Sydney cousins.
This glaring statistic is worrying to our civic and business leaders who understand that the coast workforce needs to be well educated to meet future demands.
 
Thankfully, the Central Coast’s next generation of businesspeople and community leaders can receive a massive boost thanks to a new scholarship.
 
Coast students entering their first or second year of university can now apply for Central Coast Council’s 2018 scholarship program.
 
The annual program provides an outstanding opportunity to combine study with paid employment with one of the Coast’s largest organizations.  
 
Mayor Jane Smith said Council was looking for bright, talented and enthusiastic students to be part of its scholarship program. 
 
“The program is designed to encourage participation in undergraduate studies by offering scholarship opportunities exclusively to our local students looking for a step up into their career,” Ms Smith said.
 
“Currently, the number of Central Coast residents with university qualifications sits at just 11% compared to 24% for Greater Sydney and 19% per cent across Australia. We want to see this percentage increase by motivating students to continue their studies by giving them paid work experience in their chosen field.
 
“It would be terrific to see as many locals as possible have the opportunity to enjoy a long and successful career on the coast rather than having to travel to major capital cities for career advancement,” she said.
 
Scholarships are available in a range of undergraduate degrees, including business, social science, natural resources, environmental management, engineering, water/sewer operations, human resources, early childhood and information technology.
 
Council scholarship student, Zacheriah Simunovic said his Scholarship experience with Central Coast Council had allowed him to thoroughly engage with the learning content at university, and to develop a more practical skill set in the workplace.
 
“I worked within Waterways and Asset Management, and this section is made up of a diverse range of professionals such ecologists, environmental engineers, hydrologists and environmental planners,” he said.
 
“The most enjoyable aspect of my scholarship experience was being able to apply the analytical and engineering-specific skills, developed at university, to actual problems present in my projected career path.”
 
Council’s Executive Manager, People and Culture Kellie Reeves said Council scholarships gave students the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by professionals.
 
“Successful applicants will receive $2500 paid in two installments - $1250 is presented on admission to the university or commencement of the second year, with the remainder provided after successful completion of the program, which
includes 140 hours of paid work placement,” she said.
 
To be eligible students must be a resident of the Central Coast and an Australian citizen. For more information or to apply visit: www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
 
or call the Council’s People and Culture Team on 02 4350 5257. Applications close November 13, 2017.


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