Jamin White from Cootamundra is on his way to becoming a heavy vehicle mechanic with support from a Country Education Foundation Kirby scholarship.

He might be only 16 but Jamin White has big plans for his future already. And the Country Education Foundation, in partnership with the James N. Kirby Foundation, is helping him put those plans into action.

Jamin has just started a mechanic apprenticeship in Cootamundra.

“I wasn’t really big on school and just wanted to get on with getting some good skills,” Jamin said.

With his post-school training sorted Jamin turned his focus to the cost of doing a TAFE course and buying tools. He said costs soon started to add up.

When a family friend told Jamin’s mum about a study grant he might be eligible for he thought he might as well give it a go and apply for it. When news of his success came through Jamin was excited and said it also made him feel proud of the choice he has made.

I think it’s important to support kids who don’t want to go on at school. I only get $5 a week tool allowance from the government and there’s plenty of costs involved in TAFE.

To get Jamin on his way to becoming a skilled mechanic the Country Education Foundation awarded him a 2016 Kirby Scholarship. Jamin said the scholarship has enabled him to start his apprenticeship with a tool kit.

The Country Education Foundation is proud to partner with some incredible organisations to help rural and regional youth achieve their dreams, including the Bruce and Robyn Loder Foundation, Eureka Benevolent Foundation, James N. Kirby Foundation, McLean Foundation, Rotary Club of Sydney Cove and the Snow Foundation.