Media Release – SCHOLARSHIPS ENCOURAGE REGION’S EMERGING PROFESSIONALS

Local engineering student Jake Druett has been given a helping hand in his studies through Bundaberg Regional Council’s scholarship program.

Jake was one of two CQUniversity students to receive a 2015 engineering scholarship from Council worth more than $19,000.

The 19-year-old, who graduated locally in 2013, said he had always wanted to be an engineer.

“I just liked pulling stuff apart and figuring out how it worked,” Jake said.

“I never wanted to stop learning so engineering seemed like the right fit for me.”

He said he was thrilled with the assistance provided by the scholarship, which covers the purchase of university books and equipment and also includes paid work experience with Council.

“The monetary assistance means I can focus on my studies without needing to work an excessive amount.

“The work experience is invaluable as I am trying to get more exposure to the industry to look more attractive to potential employers.”

Jake is now nearing completion of his 12 week work experience stint in Council’s roads and drainage department.

“I have been helping with design work and I also got the opportunity to work on the Masthead Drive, Bargara drainage improvements.

“This work experience has given me the chance to talk with industry professionals who have given me a lot of pointers about working as an engineer.”

Council is pleased to once again offer this opportunity to local students as part of its ongoing partnership with CQ University.

“As a Council, we have a focus on encouraging the region’s emerging professionals to study local and work local,” a Council spokesperson said.

“CQUniversity has been expanding its Bundaberg campus to construct a new engineering facility and the University now offers the entire engineering degree from Bundaberg.

“We want to promote that fact to residents and spread the word that you don’t have to leave our region to obtain industry qualifications.”

ENDS

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