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29 Nov 2017 - WCIG celebrates the successes of participants across all programs at its Ninth Annual WCIG Board Scholarships presentation.

On Thursday 23 November at the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club in Williamstown, WCIG celebrated the outstanding achievements of a special group of its program participants.

WCIG’s Board Chair, Mr Frank Carlus and CEO Mr Ron Miers were joined by special guest, State Member for Williamstown, the Honourable Wade Noonan, to present 21 Scholarships to reward the tenacity and determination of this year’s nominees.

The WCIG Board Scholarships Program underpins WCIG’s Mission Statement; ‘Creating futures through workforce participation for people experiencing disadvantage’. The purpose of the Scholarships is to assist WCIG participants in the next stage of their employment and/or education pathways, above what can ordinarily be offered within a particular program.

WCIG staff members from Disability Employment Services, Youth Services, Training Services, the Social Enterprise Group and our Jobs Victoria programs, west@work and east@work, nominate participants who have demonstrated their desire to excel in their chosen vocation or educational pathway, often overcoming extreme personal adversity in the process.

Scholarships are tailored to the needs of the recipient, aimed at directly enhancing an individual’s future prospects in line with their individual aspirations. This year, Scholarships included laptop computers to assist with further study and apprenticeships, motor vehicle repairs, driving lessons and licence costs, specific costs associated with health and wellbeing and course fees.

Attendees were treated to a special guest performance by one of WCIG’s Youth SEE Program participants, Layna, who sang beautifully to an audience after only taking up singing lessons a short time ago.

Mr Noonan spoke very positively of the Scholarships and of WCIG’s wider contribution to the community, including about WCIG’s leadership in the delivery of the recently launched Jobs Victoria Employment Network. Recounting some of his own experiences in the increasingly tough world of education and employment, Mr Noonan remarked of his privilege and pleasure in the opportunity to present the Certificates to each recipient.