William thomson scholarship

Scholarship program leads to quality job outcome

Background

Our Energy and Rail sectors are vital industries of national importance. And both are undergoing fundamental and very public transformations.

This decade will see billions of dollars invested in these sectors and industry will experience significant shortfalls in experienced and skilled workers. This shortage is forecast to increase during the next 5 years.

Thomson Bridge established our RTO to meet the skills challenges of this industry transformation. We strive to be an exceptional educational partner to our power and rail industry sectors and we value our opportunity to educate and contribute to the development of knowledge and skills that enable an individual to undertake work with confidence and safety in the electrical supply industry.

Our Role

We saw an opportunity to offer a Scholarship as our contribution to supporting and mentoring adult workers that have limited pathways to gain a qualification. 

Our William Thomson Scholarship covers tuition costs (up to $10,000) for an adult worker seeking a qualification in the Electrical Supply Industry.

The 2020 Scholarship holder is William Griffiths, an electrical cable jointer with 12 years of experience. Will commenced his apprenticeship in the UK in 2004 and achieved an Advanced Craft Apprenticeship and BTEC in Engineering. Since arriving in Australia, Will has found that the UET Certificate III in ESI - Cable Joining is an important qualification to hold for his career progression. However, after extensive research, he was unable to find any TAFE or private sector training programs that could accommodate his needs.

After an analysis of his skills and experience and interviews, our staff nominated Will to be our 2020 Scholarship holder. He and his young family live in Brisbane mostly enjoy a swim at the local pool on Sunday’s – when Will is not studying.

Project Details

  • Client: Our ESI Industry workforce
  • Location: Australia wide
  • Industry: the Electrical Supply Industry
  • Our Contribution: support and mentor an experienced worker in the Electrical Supply Industry, to formally recognise existing skills and experience and gain new skill opportunities via nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Outcome: support and mentor an experienced worker in the Electrical Supply Industry, to formally recognise existing skills and experience and gain new skill opportunities via nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Resource:
Refer to the brochure for details about the annual William Thomson Scholarship