Work Education Department




*Lawrence has Asperger’s syndrome (part of the autism spectrum) a strong interest in sport and radio, and good skills in computer technology. Lawrence was not considered eligible for a DSP and does not always have access to family support.

Lawrence studied Work Education because he wanted to improve his communication and organisational skills, gain self-confidence and learn about radio. Staff at the Work Education Centre found placements for him at two community radio stations – he used those experiences and his improving technology skills to start presenting the traffic and weather updates at a local community radio station. He was later offered his own sporting-themed show as a volunteer, and undertakes regular paid work for them, broadcasting coverage of European soccer matches (one of his areas of expertise). A $2,000 scholarship would enable a student such as Lawrence to pay tuition fees and purchase specific equipment to practice and enhance his specialised skills and attributes.

* not actual name or photograph

This scholarship is worth $5,000 and covers the higher tuition costs for a student wanting to study for an additional Certificate level course which is specific to a particular industry, such as hospitality, to enhance their future employment options. Government subsidies are only available for people to study one such accredited vocational course at Certificate 1 level. Some students find that they are more interested in, or suited to, an alternative course after completing their first choice, so the higher course costs may effectively exclude them from studying for a second qualification at the same level.

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Last Modified: 20th October 2016