Member for Barker Tony Pasin is calling on Barker students to apply for new scholarships being offered by the Coalition Government to skill up and take advantage of opportunities in growing or emerging local industries.“There are a range of industries in South Australia that are offering exciting career opportunities but people may not necessarily have the right skills,” Mr Pasin said.

“These 1,200 scholarships will back students in Barker and across SA to do the study, training and/or internships to get the skills that they need to take advantage of areas like defence industry, advanced manufacturing, health services and most notably for Barker, Food and Wine.

“These scholarships will support students at any level from a Certificate III through to a PhD in areas that will lead to employment in South Australia’s growth sectors. Critically, the scholarships include a component of work based learning, helping to ensure students are truly job ready when they complete their qualification.

“Anyone interested in a career change or upskilling with further study bill I urge you to visit to find out how you can benefit from these scholarships.”

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said these scholarships and the Coalition Government’s investments in South Australia’s future offer practical support to take advantage of industries where there are growth opportunities and skills needs.

“In addition to investing nearly $200 million to support the transition in the automotive industry and to grow new businesses and create jobs, the Coalition Government’s commitment to the $89 billion continuous naval shipbuilding program gives the South Australian defence industry the certainty they need to build, grow and invest in local businesses and create jobs.

“As those programs scale up they’re hunting for skilled local workers. These scholarships will help South Australians to up-skill or, in some cases, to re-skill.”

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia will offer scholarships to students participating in an approved program of study in one of the following priority industries in the state:

  • Defence Industry (including naval shipbuilding)
  • Advanced manufacturing, health services and medical research, wine and food, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality. Applications will also be accepted from students who intend to study in a field that is relevant to, and are currently employed by, businesses with innovative practices that result in economic growth.
  • South Australian State-based skills needs. Any occupation listed on the Australian Government Department of Employment’s Skills Shortage List for South Australia will be eligible

Students must be living in, or able to relocate to South Australia for the duration of the scholarship and intend to enter the workforce or accept employment in South Australia at the end of their course of study or training.

More information about the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia, including eligibility criteria, can be found in the Program Guidelines at and applications close on 25 October 2017.


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