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Career and Skills

Thank you for your interest in A Start in Life's Career and Skills Development Scholarship.

Please scroll below for more information.

To download the brochure: please click here (this includes specific information for parents and teachers).

To apply: please click here and fill in an application form. Submit your application to

Application due date is Wednesday 21st February 2024. Applications are assessed as they are received.

What is the Scholarship?

This Scholarship is designed to train you in 21st Century skills vital to modern careers and broaden your career horizons.

You learn a lot in school, but it can't cover everything. Schools teach vital academic knowledge, but often can't focus on all the skills modern employers look for.

And current research shows you could have up to 17 different jobs across 5 different careers in your lifetime!


Additional time, assistance and resources are required to help you discover the career options available and most suitable to you.

That's why we developed this Scholarship - to supplement your education with training in essential 21st Century skills, assist in early exploration and discover of career options, and ultimately broaden your career horizons. We call this 'future proofing'.

You will benefit from this Scholarship if you are aspirational and have high potential, yet are living in necessitous circumstances.

What's included in the Scholarship?

Scholarship students will receive up to 4 years of skills development workshops and career coaching (approx. 36 hours per year). Scholarship inclusions are:

  • Regular one-on-one interactions with a trained Career Coach, who will help you develop a structured career action plan

  • Practical training workshops in identified high value and transferrable 21st Century skills, making you a more valuable employee

  • Study skills training to help develop your note-taking, exam preparation and memory

  • A unique report to help you better understand your innate strengths, skills and values, and how they may relate to possible careers

  • Opportunities to explore possible careers through interactions with industry professionals

  • Access to job preparation tools and resources, with guidance on how to use them

  • The opportunity to work with peers holding similar aspirations

  • Up to $1,000 yearly to help fund items that advance your education

What are 21st Century skills?

We've spent a lot of time talking to employers about the things they wish their employees already knew.

With this information, we've put together a program of workshops to enhance these skills and your ability to secure your preferred careers.

 These skills include:

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Creativity

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Leadership

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Information literacy

  • Study skills

What does a day in the Scholarship look like?

This video shows just a few highlights from the Scholarship's pilot year in 2023

 - including our induction day, 21st Century skills workshops, study skills training and industry excursion day.

What do current Scholarship students think?

Our current Scholarship students were enrolled in the Scholarship's pilot year at the beginning of 2023.


Hear from our these students about what they have enjoyed most about the Scholarship so far, what 21st Century skills workshops they have found most beneficial to date, and how they have already broadened their career horizons.

How do I apply for the Scholarship?

It's easy to apply for the Scholarship! All you need to do is:


  1. Download an application form here

  2. Fill it in (make sure you fill it in completely!)

  3. Email it to

Application due date is Wednesday 21st February 2024. Applications are assessed as they are received.

If you have any questions, please contact our Career Coaches, Giselle Morris and Anthony Siokos, on (02) 9264 3017 or

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