Six first and second-year VET students and apprentices have been awarded scholarships worth $2000 each for learning resources and trade tools, thanks to scholarship funding provided by VERTO to Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF).

The scholarship recipients are:

Kaileha Daly

CEF West Wyalong & District

Diploma of Agriculture

Troy Miller

CEF Orange & District

Certificate III in Plumbing

William Fullerton

CEF Walgett

Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Noah Minogue

CEF Goulburn & District

Certificate IV in Mechanics

Joel Stendell

CEF Cowra

Certificate III in Agricultural Service Technician

Tamazyn Ledden

Hastings Education Fund

Certificate III in Education Support/Certificate IV in Mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

CEF’s Chief Executive Officer Juliet Petersen, said VERTO’s scholarships will make a big difference to students as they begin their Vocational Education and Training (VET) journeys.

“The financial burden of post-school education and training is a significant barrier for many young students, particularly those from rural and regional communities,” she said.

“We are extremely grateful for VERTO’s ongoing support.”

This is the second significant donation VERTO has made to the CEF in the past 12 months, after donating $8000 to local foundations in Orange, Goulburn, West Wyalong and Cowra in December 2021.

“The work that CEF does is vitally important, and life changing for many regional and remote students,” VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said.

“VERTO is very proud to support such an important community-focused organisation like CEF.”

The work of Country Education Foundation of Australia is primarily run by volunteers, harnessing the power of local communities to change lives by providing further education, training and career opportunities.

To find out more about the foundation, donate or get involved, visit www.cef.org.au.

About VERTO

VERTO is a community owned, not-for-profit organisation delivering a range of apprenticeship, community support, employment and training services to assist individuals, employers and industries. We can be found in over 40 locations across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. For more information, visit verto.org.au.