2K grant given to SA apprentice sparkies for career boost

Clipsal has announced a ‘Sparkies Scholarship’, a training and mentorship program for South Australian electrical apprentices

Clipsal has announced their ‘Sparkies Scholarship’, a training and mentorship program for South Australian electrical apprentices, that’ll give them a $2,000 boost to kick-start their career.

Conducted in partnership with TAFE SA, the first 10 recipients of the Sparkies Scholarship were announced in August, and one will be named the South Australian Electrical Apprentice of the Year this month.

Sparkies Scholarship recipients will receive specialised business training and mentoring from leading electricians of the Club Clipsal community, hands-on sessions with the latest technology and products – including a session on how to deliver innovations in home automation. Each will receive a $2,000 grant as they embark on their new career in the trade.

Vice President for Clipsal, Chris Kerr, said Clipsal was excited to be supporting the industry through its next generation of electricians. “We see an opportunity here to provide our best apprentices with mentoring from experts in the trade and specialised training in the latest technologies and products.”

“The scholarships will provide valuable experiences for the next generation of leaders in the industry, as well as funding for the tools they need to kick start their career,” Mr Kerr said.

“TAFE SA offers a great training program, but most apprentices work with only one employer and these scholarships will give broader insights into the industry, innovative products and the support of some of the most respected electricians in the state,” he said.

Principal Lecturer at TAFE SA, Scott Fereday, said the scholarships would “provide a fantastic opportunity and reward those apprentices who are putting in the extra effort”.

The scholarships are open to third year TAFE SA electrical apprentices, selected by TAFE SA from across its nine delivery campuses.

This November, the Apprentice of the Year will be awarded to one of the apprentice finalists who performs the best academically, excels in the field and on the special task created by Clipsal.

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