Jordan Criddle and Nathan King had never met, but both saw a Western Power scholarship as a way of securing their long term futures.
The 18-year-olds were two of four Mid West region recipients of the 2017 Western Power scholarships for Certificate II in Electrotechnology. The scholarships form part of an investment with regional TAFE, covering the cost of tuition and course resources.
The support for regional education and training was exactly the spark they needed to help fire up their dreams of a career in the growing Western Australian energy market.
Mr King said that his pathway to TAFE was similar to many young men who see vocational options as an avenue for improvement and a job future.
“Initially I thought the fees for the Electrotechnology pre-apprenticeship might be a problem, but then I became aware of Western Power’s involvement as a sponsor and was lucky enough receive a scholarship,” said Mr King.
“Having the local Western Power Manager visit and speak about what they do in the community and opportunities in the company, made a big difference for me. I now have some different ideas once I finish my course.”
Jordan Criddle’s dreams reach beyond what his future work life may be and said the scholarship is a perfect fit for his plans to build a life in the Geraldton region.
“My long term goals are to start a family, run my own business and work in rural communities as an electrician,” Mr Criddle said.
“The scholarship is not only beneficial financially but has also inspired me. Meeting the local Western Power Manager has motivated me to be the best I can.”
Western Power Community Engagement Manager, Lana Noack said the success of the inaugural partnership with regional TAFE will see the scholarships offered again in 2018.
“This has been a fantastic and exciting program, which is supporting people who are passionate about pursuing a career as part of the State’s electricity future,” said Ms Noack.
“I’d encourage anyone interested in a career in the energy industry to find out more in 2018, by contacting your closest regional TAFE.”
Central TAFE Managing Director Craig Walker said the scholarships were a very generous commitment by Western Power, and they were excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the organisation again in 2018.
“The students receiving scholarships will be on a sound footing to a fantastic career, and the funds have encouraged a wonderful diversity of students to apply,” Mr Anderson said.
Scholarships are awarded at different times of the year, so anyone considering applying should contact their local TAFE as soon as possible.
To find out more about joining Western Power visit https://westernpower.com.au/about/careers/.”