BRIGHTON Council will award two scholarships annually to students from the Jordan River Learning Centre (JRLC) to enhance the recipients’ employment prospects particularly in the rural sector.
The Brighton Council Travelling Scholarships, each worth up to $3000, will build on the work of the Jordan River Learning Centre’s school farm at Brighton and are in line with Brighton Council’s 2040 strategic goals to increase education and training opportunities for local students and the community.
The scholarships will cover travel, accommodation and daily expenses for two students undertaking the JRLC’s employment and training pathway program.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the scholarships would provide a positive reinforcement of Council’s support for the school farm.
Cr Foster said the initiative had been developed in consultation with the Jordan River Learning Centre and the scholarship recipients would be selected from students nominated from the school farm program. The selection panel will comprise Robyn Storey (Principal of the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School), Jacqui Brown (Manager of the School Farm) and Council’s General Manager Ron Sanderson.
“The successful students will use the scholarship funds to travel to interstate institutions for specific training that will prepare them for employment in agriculture and associated industries,” Cr Foster said.
“Students have done this in the past, but have had difficulty in raising funds to cover the cost of travel and accommodation.
“I’m pleased that Council has been able to step in and assist local students, both in continuing their education and training and also enhancing their employment prospects.
“We are strong supporters of the school farm and the scholarships will boost its education outcomes and provide a significant incentive for students,” Cr Foster said.
Principal Robyn Storey said JRLF Senior School and the Council had the same objective – to provide employment outcomes for young people in the Brighton municipality. To this end, the Council had committed to provide two substantial scholarships to students undertaking accredited training in the agricultural and horticultural industries.
“This is a significant contribution and provides an exceptional opportunity for our students to participate in tertiary or trade courses in an area of their specialisation.
“JRLF Senior School represents the Tasmanian model of years seven to 12 education. Our focus is on providing vocational outcomes for the industry areas represented in the Brighton municipality and local partnerships are critical to successful outcomes for our school.
“The Brighton Council’s initiative in offering this scholarship demonstrates its commitment to the young people and the families it represents.
“The Council and the school share a commitment to encourage young people to continue their education, which will improve their employment prospects and outcomes and, which in turn will lead to prosperous and sustainable growth within the community,” Ms Storey said.
The first two scholarships will be awarded in December for study in 2015.
The Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School often presents the animals at the Brighton Show.