TERRIFIC: Chris Gulaptis congratulates Sam Kapeen on his scholarship. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
TERRIFIC: Chris Gulaptis congratulates Sam Kapeen on his scholarship. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Apprentice Sam scores scholarships

TOWNSEND resident Sam Kapeen, 19, has been awarded a $15,000 scholarship that will help him finish his fitting and welding apprenticeship.

"I was pretty stoked," Mr Kapeen said.

"I didn't think I had a chance, to be honest."

Mr Kapeen said he moved out of his mum's home and this would help him buy furniture and hopefully insure his car.

"Because we don't get the tool bonus anymore, I'm going to get some tools," he said.

Mr Kapeen works at the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative at Harwood.

"I'm happy with the job I've got. I'm in the area and still close to the family," he said.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said the scholarship was part of the new $2.45 million Bert Evans Apprenticeship Scholarship Program launched earlier this year by NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli.

Mr Gulaptis said the scholarships assisted apprentices who faced challenges finishing their qualification, particularly those students with a disability, Aboriginal apprentices and women in non-traditional trades.

Mr Gulaptis said Mr Kapeen was one of 40 young apprentices in the state to win a scholarship and was studying his Certificate III in engineering, mechanical trade at Wollongbar TAFE.

"Sam is a remarkable young man with a terrific work ethic and a willingness to learn," Mr Gulaptis said.

"This scholarship is a credit to him and the encouragement given to him by his family and employer.

"If people are given support and the opportunity to excel in their trade, they will reap the benefits for themselves and their local community."

Mr Gulaptis said the scholarships were in addition to the NSW Country Apprentice Scholarship program.

For more on the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and the Country Apprentice Scholarships, visit training.nsw.gov.au.



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