The NSW government is providing $1.5 million to assist apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program.
One hundred scholarships, worth $15,000 each, will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship, and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training.
Apprenticeships are vital to ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers in growth areas but we also understand it's not always easy to complete a qualification.
The scholarship program is all about giving aspiring apprentices an opportunity to start, change or further their career. It is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years.
Visit training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11 for more information and to apply before the May 28 closing date.
Creative Ageing Framework a work of art
Painting for people living with dementia is one program highlighted in the NSW government's new framework to help boost health and wellbeing for older people.
The NSW Creative Ageing Framework promotes productive ageing and healthy lifestyles by tapping into seniors' creativity. Seniors are encouraged to undertake creative pursuits as a way to challenge themselves, stay socially connected and embrace lifelong learning.
Whether it be joining a library, storytelling, painting, dancing or using digital media, creative activities like these help keep us mentally and physically healthy.
For more information, visit: facs.nsw.gov.au/download?file=805614.
Flood recovery assistance
Anyone impacted by the devastating floods should reach out for help. Recovery Centres have been established in Port Macquarie at 143 Gordon Street, and at 58 Bold Street Laurieton.
Service NSW have staff are on hand to assist customers as well as advise and support specialist businesses impacted by floods. While Service NSW centres are open normal trading hours, help is available 24/7 on 13 77 88.
For more information please call the Port Macquarie electorate office.