ICAN scholarships currently available for Indigenous financial counsellers

Do you want to increase your professional skill base in 2015? Enhance your financial counselling competencies through continued professional development in a supported learning environment?

ICAN is currently accepting applications for scholarship placements for its 2015 “Indigenous Financial Counselling Mentorship Program.”   Due to commence in May 2015, the 18-month training program offers accredited training in the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) and is available nationally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in the fields of financial counselling and money management.   The program includes personal and academic mentorship in a supported learning environment, connecting students through virtual and face-to-face classroom oriented training.

The Indigenous Financial Counselling Mentorship Program Scholarships are sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank and are available to assist students who are currently working in the financial counselling and financial capability (money management) sectors, to successfully undertake the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling). The Commonwealth Bank Mentorship Program Scholarships cover the full course fees for the Diploma.  Scholarships are limited to 24 places and are co-ordinated and managed by the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network.

In six years, the program has scaled significantly to achieve a national reach. ICAN has successfully graduated 19 participants through its 2012 and 2014 programs, and with Commonwealth Bank’s continued investment, is providing scholarships for 24 Indigenous student placements in the 2015-2016 programs.  The Mentorship Program is recognised within the financial counselling sector as a best practice training model for Indigenous people wishing to undertake the Diploma.

“We’re embarking on a new journey with the 2015 program rollout,” said Majella Anderson.  “In a Commonwealth Bank-funded scholarship arrangement, we are in a unique position to be able to support the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in some very remote locations across Australia, where organisations, financial counselling staff and their clients can directly benefit from the Mentorship Program.”

 Scholarship Application Deadline:  Friday, January 16, 2015.

To download the Scholarship Application, please go to: ICAN 2015 IFCMP Scholarship Application

To download the Scholarship Information Package, please go to: ICAN Scholarship 2015 Information Brochure

For questions and further information about the scholarship package, please contact:

Majella Anderson -Training Coordinator

Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network

Phone: (07) 4031 1073