[singlepic id=140 w=320 h=240 float=left]Innisfail State College students Julie Davis, Tahlia Mooka and Danita Jelfs are on a fast track from education to employment thanks to a Queensland Government scholarship.

The students have received Education Toward Employment scholarships with government departments which provide financial support of up to $5,000 towards education and training costs for students in years 10, 11 and 12, or their equivalent, and includes those on apprenticeships and traineeships.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt met with the students yesterday and congratulated them on receiving the scholarship.

“This program directly assists scholarship recipients like Julie, Tahlia and Danita and it also provides real- life examples for other young Indigenous students about the benefits of sticking with education and training,” Mr Pitt said.

“Julie’s scholarship will be with the Department of Communities, Tahlia with the Department of Environment and Resource Management, and Danita with the Department of Justice and Attorney- General.

“All of the girls are really excited to be given the opportunity and should be immensely proud of their achievement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Desley Boyle said the Education Toward Employment program recognised young students have the potential to be role models and leaders for other young Indigenous Queenslanders.

“One of the key elements of closing the gap for Indigenous Queenslanders is raising the rate of young people completing their education and training to year 12 or the equivalent,” Ms Boyle said.

“This scholarship program helps students like Julie, Tahlia and Danita to do that and go on to become agents of change.”

The Education Toward Employment program also gives students insight into the workings of the Queensland Government through their direct involvement with the sponsoring department.

Mr Pitt said the students were soon to be allocated a mentor and as part of their scholarship will get an opportunity to do work experience with the departments.

A total of 288 Indigenous year 10, 11 and 12 students are receiving support from various Queensland Government departments through the scholarship program which is also supported by the Australian Tax Office.

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