Defence study available

DEFENCE Minister Warren Snowdon has launched a program that gives hundreds of Year 11 and Year 12 students across Australia a chance to secure a Defence technical trades scholarship.

The 2011 Defence Technical Scholarships program is taking applications and offers up to 1500 scholarships each year to students in Years 11 and 12 interested in pursuing a technical trade career in the Australian Defence Force.

Mr Snowdon yesterday said the initiative, now entering its third year, offered high school students some great opportunities.

“This is a unique award, as it’s still the only large-scale scholarship targeting students wishing to learn a trade whilst still at school,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Students in Year 11 and 12 receive financial support to learn a trade and at the same time they’re encouraged to stay and complete their senior school years, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Mr Snowdon originally launched the initiative in 2008 and since then he said it had been a tremendous success.

Applications close on March 11 and require the support of schools to be progressed.

Further information, including applications, can be found at online or call the info line on 1300 880 818.



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