New scholarship program to drive skills and employment in South Australia

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A new program aims to boost skills and employment opportunities linked to priority industries in South Australia through creating scholarships for local undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students. It has also created opportunities for workers in industries experiencing structural adjustment and retrenchment.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia is a $24 million scheme funded by the Australian Government. It is providing scholarships for study, training and internships relating to various industries identified as skills-shortage or priority industries including defence, advanced manufacturing, health service and medical research, tourism and hospitality, wine and food and energy and resources. The program aims to make a contribution to crucial sectors for South Australia’s economy such as the defence sector.

Scope Global has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to manage the application, assessment and scholar management process. Our team will support scholars for the full three years of the program, including coordinating an industry internship placement aligned with the scholars’ programs of study.

Host employers for scholars are being approached through Scope Global’s business partners, networks and industry groups. Internships will benefit scholars, who are looking to gain valuable workplace experience and develop industry-related knowledge and skills. They will also benefit employers hosting the scholars, who in turn gain fresh ideas, increase resources and trial future talent in a candidate-short market.

We’re currently looking for South Australian organisations that are interested in hosting a scholar on an internship. To learn more visit www.commonwealth-scholarships-sa.com.au/internships.

We talked with two South Australians who have been awarded a scholarship to find out what it means for them and the impact they hope it will have on their future.

Scholar Izabella Tanilon outside TAFE SA

Izabella Tanilon
Diploma of Accounting, TAFE SA

Tell us a little about your background. 

I am 23 years old and I’m from Adelaide, South Australia. I was always interested in accounting at high school.

Tell us about your internship. How do you think this will add value to your study experience?

I am doing an internship at Northern Futures, a non-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged people from all over South Australia, particularly in the northern region.

I believe my internship is of great value to my study experience and my future. It is helping me grow and develop knowledge and confidence at a more professional level.

What does this scholarship mean to you?

I feel extremely privileged in being awarded a scholarship, as I know that opportunities like this don’t come often. It has opened up many doors and new beginnings for me!

What are you hoping to do and achieve after you finish your course?

I hope to achieve a masters degree in accounting and do the best I possibly can. One day I would love to work for one of the top accounting firms or to start my own business in South Australia.

Scholar Marcus Pereia at university

Marcus Pereia
Bachelor of Business (Marketing), University of South Australia

Tell us a little about your background

For the last decade or more, since finishing high school, I’ve done a lot of agricultural work. A few years ago I realised there wasn’t a lot of growth for me in this work. I started trying to position myself to be able to go to uni. I prepared to get an ATAR, and when I moved to Adelaide with my wife I started my course at UniSA.

I wanted to study marketing because it gives you tools and a platform to tell stories and convey meaning to different audiences.

Tell us about your internship. How do you think this will add value to your study experience?

I’ve started an internship at Novatech, a South Australian technical production company for major events like WOMADelaide and sporting series. I’m supporting the team for a total of 20 days.

At the same time, in my paid employment at a camping and outdoors store, I’m also putting my hand up to develop content and drive the social media marketing strategy.

So the two opportunities are combining to give me more hands-on experience to complement my study and hopefully, help me build a career in the outdoor industry in SA.

What does being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship mean for you?

For one, it made it possible for me to do an internship. Initially I thought I wasn’t ready as I was only in my second year of uni. With support from the Internships Manager, I decided to go for it.

From a financial perspective, the scholarship takes the pressure off. It contributed to a new computer I can use for uni, all my books, and it means I can spend a little more time with my 8-month old son.

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