15 September 2017

Students in Melbourne’s west will be given the chance to break into the construction industry with scholarships funded through the West Gate Tunnel Project.

In 2018, five students will be awarded a scholarship, through not-for-profit organisation Western Chances which provides scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support to assist talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs who lack the finances, resources and networks to fulfil their potential.

The scholarships funded by the West Gate Tunnel Project will be valued at $5000 over four years to help students with educational costs such as textbooks, technology and public transport.

The scholarship recipients will also be offered a cadetship on the project in their second year of tertiary education.

Through the partnership with Western Chances, the project has committed to fostering the development of nearby western communities through education, in areas including Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.

Each year Western Chances delivers programs, which remove social, economic and cultural barriers to education for hundreds of talented young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The West Gate Tunnel Project is creating approximately 6,000 jobs with 500 of these for people entering the workforce such as apprentices, trainees and graduates, and 400 jobs for people from the west.

Construction starts in early 2018 and will be open to traffic in 2022.

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