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Scholarship on offer for aspiring earth scientists

Previous Earth Science/Mining/Petroleum Scholarship winner Craig Bridgeman. Image supplied by NT Government

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, is encouraging aspiring earth scientists, mining and petroleum engineers and metallurgists to apply for a three-year university scholarship.

Mr Vowles said the Territory Government is providing pathways for young Territorians to enter the resources industry; one of the key sectors driving the NT’s development and economy.

“We have promised to create jobs, and we know we need to build the Territory’s population, and this scholarship will help with both,” Mr Vowles said.

“This scholarship supports innovation, growth and excellence for young Territorians wishing to explore this sector and contribute to the economic development of the Territory.

“The Earth Science/Mining/Petroleum Scholarship provides $12,000 a year financial assistance to assist with living and study expenses, and includes mentorship, career guidance, development and career goal support. This is a fantastic first-step to get into this exciting industry and meet your peers and other industry experts.”

Craig Bridgeman is a former scholarship student. He said the scholarship provided valuable career opportunities.

“Studying engineering I realised the importance of gaining practical knowledge to complement the technical skills I was learning,” Mr Bridgeman said.

“So I pursued vacation employment with Macmahon Holdings in Jabiru.

“I also completed vacation work with the Northern Territory Government Department of Resources and went on field trips to Rum Jungle, Ranger Uranium and Mt Todd. Each work placement exposed me to the real world, negotiating with colleagues and supervisors, and better understanding employers’ expectations.”

Scholarship applications are considered by representatives from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and the mining industry. Preference is given to Territorians under the age of 21 who have completed the majority of their secondary education in the Northern Territory.

“By encouraging young Territorians to consider earth sciences, mining or petroleum engineering, or metallurgy as their career, we are investing in the professional future of the Territory, while assisting young people into jobs,” Mr Vowles said.

Applications for the 2018 scholarship will close 8 September 2017.

Source: NT Government

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