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Up to $13,000 to cover the costs of an eligible vocational education and training (VET) qualification and internship is available in Round Four of the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians.

The program is open for those living in 10 selected regions, with up to $5,000 on offer per year for two years, along with an additional $3,000 if they also complete a 20-day paid internship.

Young people aged 15-24 who live in Port Pirie are eligible for the scholarship, but must not be in full-time work or study at the time of applying.  Applicants must intend on taking an eligible VET qualification from Certificate III through to an Advanced Diploma.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Andrew Gee, said the program was recently expanded to include those who have transitioned from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the past two years.

‘Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a difficult time and these scholarships will help give veterans additional skills and qualifications on top of their valuable military experience,” Minister Gee said

‘Australian businesses already recognise the significant benefits that former Defence force personnel can bring to a workplace, and further expanding training and employment opportunities for our ex-service personnel is a win for veterans, business and the Australian economy.

Learn more about the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians here.