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December 6th, 2012

Competenz Scholarship

Competenz calls for engineering scholarship applications The Competenz Scholarship is returning in 2013, and we are now calling for applications. We have $1000 each to award to ten ambitious engineering individuals. The scholarships are designed to advance the careers of those working in the the engineering and manufacturing sector. A scholarship can be a huge help - just ask Connor Farrell, who is studying toward a National Certificate Mechanical Engineering (Level 5) in Engineering Fabrication. He was awarded a scholarship earlier this year. “I applied for this scholarship because I have a young family and have very little extra money,” says Connor. “Receiving this scholarship meant a lot to me because if I didn't receive it I most likely wouldn't have been able to sit the qualification.” To be eligible candidates must have completed, or be due to complete, a level four national certificate in fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning, locksmithing or fire protection, or level four or five in mechanical engineering. “Alternatively, candidates might be skilled in their trade, but they missed gaining a qualification when they were younger,” adds Competenz Trades General Manager, Fiona Kingsford. “Candidates will also be considered if they were enrolled in an eligible course from the 1st of August 2012.” Receiving a scholarship benefits both the employee and the employer, and it is also hugely inspirational. “After achieving this qualification I plan on working towards a higher leadership role such as head foremen,” says Connor. “Then long term I want to branch out on my own and start my own engineering business." Those wishing to apply for a 2013 Competenz Scholarship must be enrolled in their chosen course by 01 March 2013. Applications close on 01 March 2013. To apply click here: http://www.competenz.org.nz/scholarship2013/ And if ambitious mechanical engineers need further inspiration to apply, we’ll let Connor have the last word. “If it wasn't for Competenz Scholarship I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now, so a big, big thank you to all.”