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Defence offers kids a technical head start

LOOKING for a career in a technical trade? Then you may be eligible for the Australian Defence Force's Defence Technical Scholarship.

Local schools have jumped on board with the scholarship, which sees Year 11 and 12 students who plan a trade career benefiting.

Intended to address the shortage of skilled technical tradespeople across Australia, DTS will offer Year 11 and 12 students a financial incentive to continue their senior high school education and build a better foundation for a future trade career - with no obligation to join the Australian Defence Force.

Year 11 students will receive $2000, and Year 12 will receive $3000, paid over two semesters to aid educational expenses.

So far Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour High School, Coffs Harbour Senior College, John Paul College and Orara High School have all expressed interest.

Director General of Defence Force recruiting, Commodore Tim Barrett, said the scholarship is aimed at getting people in the right position for a career in technical trade.

“While obviously during the program we will be trying to influence the student's decision about a career choice in the defence force, there is no obligation to join,” he said.

“This means that at the end of Year 12, these students will have more options.”

More information can be found at www.defencejobs.gov.au/DTS or phone 1300 880 808.



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