TAFE student strikes gold with scholarship

SM TAFE student and scholarship recipient Chant'e-Louise France-Hadlam pictured with Michael Mulholland, Social Advisor Heritage and Operations from Newmont Boddington Gold.
SM TAFE student and scholarship recipient Chant'e-Louise France-Hadlam pictured with Michael Mulholland, Social Advisor Heritage and Operations from Newmont Boddington Gold.

A South Metropolitan TAFE student has won an acclaimed scholarship for Aboriginal apprentices.

Secret Harbour resident Chant'e-Louise France-Hadlam, who is 18, has had her full TAFE certificate II course fees covered and pocketed $500 to go towards her study costs.

Ms France-Hadlam's course has set her up for a career in metal fabrication and welding in the mining resources sector.

"I'd really recommend this course as it's been an amazing experience and the scholarship has been a real thrill, especially given I was paying for the whole course and all equipment by myself," Ms France-Hadlam said.

She added that the skills she'd gained had given her confidence to chase her career dreams.

"I hope to one day apply my skills in the navy as an electronic technician or work in a FIFO role in Western Australia."

The Newmont Boddington Gold (NBG) Indigenous VET Scholarship is now open to Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander students studying at any of South Metropolitan TAFE's 13 training areas.

For successful recipients of the NBG scholarship, there is also the prospect of securing an apprenticeship.

Successful recipients will undertake a work placement at Newmont Goldcorp's Boddington operation during the pre-apprenticeship training and will be encouraged to apply for a Newmont Apprenticeship Program upon course completion.

Visit one of SM TAFE's Jobs and Skills Centres (JSC) to get support to complete the application and the completed application can be emailed to rockingham.jsc@smtafe.wa.edu.au. Applications are open until 29 November. For more information, please call the Peel/Rockingham JSC on 13 64 64