Community skills scholarships

Origin, as the upstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG project, is delivering the Community Skills Scholarships program, which provides up to $13,500, subject to taxation, to successful apprentices in central southern Queensland to assist them to take on a trade and stay in their home towns.

Applications are now open

If you're enrolled and employed as a first year apprentice, are 15 years or older and live in the Western Downs, Maranoa regional council or Banana Shire council areas, you may be eligible for an Origin Community Skills Scholarship worth up to $13,500 (subject to taxation).

Download application form 

Applications close 30th June 2014

How does it work?

Apprentices can choose any trade they like – not just in the gas industry. You could be a butcher, baker, hairdresser, carpenter or any other trade of your choice. Australia Pacific LNG will provide you with financial support throughout the duration of your studies, including a bonus cash payment should you stay on with your employer for one year following the completion of your training. And you'll have access to building a peer support network with other recipients. Employers will also receive financial benefits for employing an apprentice.

Who is eligible?

Anyone aged 15 years or older who is currently in their first year of an apprenticeship or looking to begin their trade career can apply. Opportunities are open to people living in the Western Downs and Maranoa regional council and Banana shire council areas.

Join our network

Would you like to share your professional knowledge with young people in your community? We are looking for volunteers to present to our Community Skills Scholarship recipients. You might be an accountant presenting on budgeting or a small business owner presenting on how to get your own business started. Whatever your professional skills, we’d like to hear from you. Email us to get involved.

Meet some of the people Australia Pacific LNG has been proud to help

Loclan Hope

Loclan Hope

Mechanic apprentice, Ostwald Brothers, Dalby

“I’m looking forward to getting my certificate as a qualified tradie. I’ll probably work for a couple of years and then try and start my own business in town.”

Ryan Jiggens

Ryan Jiggens

Cabinet Maker apprentice, Golden West Joinery, Dalby

“This scholarship will go a long way in helping me afford tools and purchasing a ute for my trade.”

Sandra Wendt

Sandra Wendt

Butcher, Queensland Country Meats, Roma

“Being able to work as a butcher with Queensland Country Meats means I have achieved a lifelong dream. With a commitment to what you want to do and a little bit of help you can achieve a lot.”

Naomi Bowman

Naomi Bowman

Hairdresser, Hair @ Dalby

“I had to move out of home to work and with paying rent the scholarship has made it a bit easier to pay for tools and things for work. I plan to finish my trade, stay working here and then eventually own my own salon – around Dalby, or in a rural area.”