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Electrical engineering scholarships boost industry

The winners of the 2008 ElectroComms Contracting Foundation Post Apprenticeship Scholarships have been announced in Sydney, helping electrical engineering graduate.

This year, two winners share a total of $40,000 to contribute to the completion of degrees in electrical engineering. They are:

• Neil Gustavson from Mackay in Queensland, employed by i.Power Solutions, who is studying an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Instrumentation) at Central Queensland University

• Thomas Enston from Churchlands in Western Australia, employed by BCA Consultants, who is studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at Curtain University.

A further 13 talented apprentices share a total of $24,000 to fund participation in industry short courses and completion of diploma qualifications.

The scholarships are open to people working in the electrical and communications industry who have recently completed their electrical apprenticeships. The funds awarded assist recipients to further their education and training, ultimately enhancing the professionalism of the industry.

The ElectroComms Contracting Foundation was established in 2000 by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) to fund research, education and training that advances and develops the industry. The foundation is funded by industry benefactors, successful contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers who choose to commit money to put back into the industry.

NECA National chief executive officer, James Tinslay said, “The applicants for this year’s ElectroComms Contracting Foundation scholarships have been outstanding and we are very pleased to support such exceptionally talented young people to develop their careers in our industry. The industry’s future is clearly in good hands and our winners are to be congratulated.”

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