$2000 not a bad start
GYMPIE State High School student Peter Bambling is the recipient of a $2000 Gateway Schools Manufacturing Scholarship.
The scholarship was offered by Manufacturing Skills Queensland to students engaged in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in the manufacturing and engineering this year.
Peter started a school-based traineeship, a Certificate II in Engineering, at the beginning of Year 10 with OzTac Engineering.
So impressed was OzTac with his commitment to his traineeship that upon completion at the end of Year 11, they offered him an apprenticeship in engineering fabrication (boilermaking/welding).
It was an offer Peter readily accepted.
His apprenticeship still allows him to attend school and complete his senior education. He works one day a week during the term and has the opportunity to work over the holidays if it suits both his employer and himself.
At the end of Year 12, Peter's apprenticeship will be converted to full time, with the time he has completed while at school counting towards the time he has spent on his apprenticeship.
The Gateway Schools Manufacturing Scholarship allows Peter to use his scholarship funds for costs associated with his apprenticeship, including travel, protective clothing, training and other costs he may incur.
He recently had to purchase a mobile phone with a camera to take photographs of the work he is doing and upload them to his training organisation's website as evidence of what he is doing at work, so being awarded the scholarship could not have come at a better time.
Peter has made the most of the wonderful opportunity his schooling has afforded him.
The scholarship can only help Peter as he strives to finish his apprenticeship and become a fully fledged boilermaker.