Eight apprentices and trainees from across Australia have been awarded scholarship prizes under the MIGAS Mi-Scholarship Program which includes financial support and professional development funding totalling $15,000 to help set them up for their future.
The scholarships were awarded by MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees across six categories to high achievers who have also faced personal adversity and challenges to completing their trade training.
MIGAS Managing Director, Rod Margetts, said the scholarships were MIGAS’ way of throwing the spotlight on apprenticeship talent in this country and investing in their future at the same time.
“We know that apprenticeships are all about training the next generation of Australia’s skilled workforce,” Mr Margetts said.
“Those undertaking their training now will be the future workforce for major infrastructure and public works projects, a driving force in continued manufacturing innovation, and starting their own small business to continue the apprentice employment cycle.
“A major component of an apprenticeship or traineeship is the practical on-the-job work undertaken on site with an industry host employer, so we were thrilled to see MIGAS host employers get behind the scholarship program by nominating apprentices for a scholarship,” Mr Margetts said.
The scholarship application process was also a chance for apprentice and trainee nominees to reflect on the challenges they’d overcome in pursuing a career in skilled trades.
Candace Smith, a third-year boilermaker apprentice based in Tomago, New South Wales and recipient of the MIGAS Woman in Trades Scholarship had a rocky start to her trades career.
“When I first started my apprenticeship, I was told so many times that women don’t belong in this environment that I eventually gave it up. But my passion for my trade was stronger than one person’s opinion, and now I’m with a new employer Civmec, where I feel really valued along with awesome support from the MIGAS team,” Candace said.
“The scholarship will really help me pursue my career dream to become a qualified underwater welder and work on big ships,” she said.
MIGAS is a leading employer of apprentices and trainees Australia-wide and has been showcasing apprentice and trainee talent through its Excellence in Trades Awards for close to 20 years.
2017 Excellence in Trades Scholarship Recipients
Excellence in Trades Final Year
Adam Blackman, Caltex Refinery Fitting and Turning Apprentice, Lytton QLD
Excellence in Trades Third Year
Mark Jeans, Third Year Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Apprentice, Johnson Controls North Ryde NSW
Dan-nar-leigh Crouch, Second Year Fitting and Turning Apprentice, University of Qld Faculty of Science, St Lucia QLD
Woman in Trades
Candace Smith, 3rd Year Boilermaker Apprentice, Civmec Construction and Engineering, Tomago, NSW (pictured)
2nd Year Rising Star
Jack Durand, Second Year Apprentice Electrician - JR Electrical, Illawong NSW
1st Year Rising Star
Emma Scott, First Year Fitter and Turner Apprentice, QLD Brain Institute, St Lucia QLD
Rising Star Trainee
Renee Gibson, Business Administration Trainee - BOC Limited, Canning Vale WA
Clifton Ezra, Second Year Air-conditioning Apprentice, Johnson Controls, VIC
The MIGAS scholarship program is open to MIGAS employed apprentices and their host employers. A new round of scholarships will be announced in 2018.
ABOUT MIGAS APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES
MIGAS is a not-for-profit organisation that has been recruiting, employing and mentoring apprentices and trainees in the traditional skilled trades since 1988. MIGAS has national footprint and provides apprentice employments services to industry employers across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.