Over the last few years, dozens of apprentices and trainees have had the opportunity to travel around the world thanks to WPC Group and Skilling Australia Foundation scholarships.
Apprentices were given the chance to travel to incredible destinations such as the US, Japan and Singapore, with all award recipients enjoying the rich blessings of cultural and development tours related to their field of study.
None of this would be possible without the donations, funding and sponsorship of our many volunteers, who relentlessly give their time and resources to welcome and mentor our apprentices and trainees on their discovery experiences.
A few successful stories are those of:
- Benjamin and Joel, two stand-out horticulture apprentices who travelled to Singapore in October 2014 thanks to the Skilling Australia Foundation Scholarship for Excellence and Leadership;
- Mattin and John, two light vehicle mechanical apprentices who spent a week at a US dealership in California in June 2016, thanks to their LSH Scholarship;
- Ellearn, an automotive technician apprentice, was able to spend several days of cultural immersion in Los Angeles in July 2017 before undertaking a study at a Californian dealership thanks to her LSH Scholarship;
- Ben and Alison, two chefs apprentices in Brisbane who travelled to Japan in October 2017 thanks to the Wisenet International Learning Experience Scholarship;
- Bianka and Mikaela, who were both awarded the LSH Scholarship thanks to their outstanding performance as parts interpreter apprentices, travelled to the US (California) in October 2018; and
- Most recently, in November 2019 Caine went on a trip to California thanks to his LSH Scholarship, where the automotive apprentice had a ball gaining insights about the US sector.
- Christopher Krklinski, James McCulloch and Fareed Rane will travel to Kentucky and California in February 2020, as part of LSH Auto Australia’s International Scholarship Program.
We now look forward to a great start of 2020, as next month three of WPC Group light vehicle mechanical apprentices will embark on an US study tour, in California and Kentucky.
We thank again the numerous volunteers (chefs, mechanics, directors…) over the years who have made these journeys real successes.
All of our scholarships aim to broaden apprentices and trainees’ view of their trade, and to encourage them to seek further achievements in their personal and professional life, as well as continue to strive for excellence. Follow us on Social Media to read more scholarships successful stories!
Some insights from the Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia report:
Myth #1 – VET graduates earn low wages
Fact: VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates
Myth #2 – VET graduates struggle to find work
Fact: VET graduates have a higher employment rate than undergraduates. More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training.
Myth #3 – VET is a thing of the past
Fact: VET courses have adapted more readily to changing workforce needs
“Despite being unfashionable in some quarters, VET continues to deliver great results in a range of area and, because of its links with industry’s cutting edge, has proven itself to be more flexible, adaptable, practicable and up-to-date compared to its university counterparts.”
“With continued and improved support, the VET sector is positioned to rise to the challenges of digital disruption, mechanisation and automation. The hands-on skill-based training exclusively provided by VET is able to deliver the required skills demanded by ever-changing industries.”