Bundaberg Regional Council and CQUniversity’s Bundaberg campus hope to address a predicted engineer shortage with a new scholarship.
Bundaberg Regional Council and CQUniversity’s Bundaberg campus hope to address a predicted engineer shortage with a new scholarship. Sharyn O'Neill

Engineering scholarship aimed at halting predicted shortage

BUNDABERG Regional Council and CQUniversity's Bundaberg campus hope to address a predicted engineer shortage with a new scholarship.

Council is currently offering a 2016 Engineering Scholarship - Year 1 valued at $19,200.

Bundaberg Acting Mayor David Batt said the scholarship provided a student with financial assistance towards the cost of study and the opportunity to combine their study with work experience at council.

"The scholarship offers 12 weeks paid vacation work with Bundaberg Regional Council during the University's 2016/17 Christmas break period," he said.

He said while there were certain eligibility criteria to be met including a Bundaberg region residency requirement, the scholarship selection criteria included academic achievement, career aspirations tied to professional engineering and a focus on extra-curricular achievements and activities.

Cr Batt said the recognition of Bundaberg as a university city and the ongoing Accord Agreement between the council and CQUniversity Bundaberg demonstrated the commitment and vision council and the university shared in promoting educational opportunities at a regional level.

"Already several engineering students who have been recipients of this form of scholarship support are progressing through their course at the university," he said.

"Offering this scholarship is a tangible means by which council is supporting a requirement for more skilled professionals to be available within our region and also supporting the excellent learning institution we have in our own community.

"The announcement that CQ University is currently building two new facilities including one for engineering is a further boost to students undertaking this course.

"I urge anyone considering a career in engineering to obtain an application kit which can be sourced from Council's website at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au under the Vacancies tab."

Applications close on October 26.



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