Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Hot demand for youth scholarships

Media Release


Friday, 4 April 2014

Hot demand for youth scholarships

Over 70 keen young learners were this week awarded scholarship certificates for one year of full-time fee free study at UCOL.

UCOL has available 120 Government funded Youth Guarantee places for 16 to 19 year olds to study Levels 1 to 3 programmes in 2014, over 80% more than available last year.

Seventy six students have now commenced study at the Palmerston North campus across 16 programmes, and more scholarships will be awarded later in the year for study starting in Semester 2.

Over 120 Youth Guarantee scholarship applications were received for Semester 1 study at UCOL in Palmerston North.

UCOL Youth Guarantee Coordinator Save Seruvatu says this year the institution has worked hard to build relationships with youth services that assist young people in creating plans for the future, such as Start.

“We all have a passion for young people so there’s no point working in isolation. We brief services like Start on our scholarship eligibility criteria, they refer young people to us, and we keep them informed of outcomes and work with them if any issues arise.

“Schools are also very active now in coming forward with lists of students they feel would be appropriate for certain programmes.”

Seventeen year old Reegan Kreegher, who completed a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2 through the U-Skills programme while at Manawatu College last year, received a scholarship this week to study the National Certificate in Fitting, Welding and Machining Level 3.

He says he is enjoying the full-time study so far. “It’s quite cruisey but also challenging. There are high standards for work, but the tutors are really clued-up and know exactly what they’re doing.”

Among the 76 students awarded scholarships to study at UCOL’s Palmerston North campus were individuals from other centres, including Auckland, Taranaki and Blenheim.

UCOL Deputy Chief Executive Academic Bonnie Dewart says the students’ scholarship certificates represent the process of transition. “Some students haven’t had much time at secondary school but they are seeking this opportunity to make a positive change in their life.

“It’s pleasing to be able to support students in this way to achieve their full potential.”

Of the 66 students awarded Youth Guarantee scholarships last year, 24 are now working, eight have started apprenticeships, and 27 moved on to further study in areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Vet Nursing, Visual Imagery and Engineering.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news