U Turn scholarships for pair

Two New Plymouth teenagers have received $4569 worth of scholarships between them to pursue further studies at the Western Institute of Technology.

Baileigh Gulliver and Jacob Hughes are the first recipients of the two scholarships introduced this year by training provider U Turn Community Training Services .

U Turn offers "second chance education" to 16 and 17-year-olds who have found they are not suited to school and have little or no qualifications. The scholarships, which are awarded for outstanding performance and dedication, amounted to $2000 and $2569 respectively.

Jacob, 17, wants to study towards a certificate of welding, then planned to apply for an apprenticeship and later head overseas.

He spoke highly of the course and the staff at U Turn.

"The whole course is good, good people to deal with and easy to work with."

Baileigh, 16, planned to study business, administration and computing.

She said she came to the training programme with 12 NCEA credits at Level 1 and in this year alone has achieved NCEA Levels 1 and 2.

"I've absolutely loved it.

"I'd be nowhere near where I am now if it weren't for the course," Baileigh said.

She was "stoked" and hugely grateful for the scholarship.

Taranaki Daily News