Paving pathways for speech pathologists in schools

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Education, Children and Youth

A new scholarship program for speech and language pathology students has created secure employment pathways in Tasmania within the Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP).

Minister for Education, Children and Young People, Roger Jaensch, said the Rockliff Liberal Government’s new $225,000 scholarship program will not only create permanent jobs for the next generation of speech and language pathologists in Tasmania, but it will bolster our vitally important professional support staff workforce.

“We know that Speech and language pathologists in Tasmanian Government schools are critical in supporting students’ communication skills, development and educational outcomes,” Minister Jaensch said.

“This program offers up to nine scholarships to speech pathology students who are currently enrolled in their final year of an accredited speech pathology entry to practice program at an Australian university and expect to complete all requirements of their course by March 2024.”

Eligible students are encouraged to apply for a permanent graduate speech and language pathologist position that will be advertised on the Tasmanian Government Jobs website. The advertisement will provide an opportunity to apply for the scholarship.

Successful applicants will be provided with $25,000 across their scholarship term to contribute towards university course costs.

Minister Jaensch said the Rockliff Liberal Government is sticking to its long-term plan and doing what matters for all Tasmanians.

“These scholarships show our government’s strong commitment to boosting speech and language pathology services in schools and Child and Family Learning Centres by offering incentives and capitalising on existing talent markets for graduates from Australian universities,” Minister Jaensch said.

“Scholarship placements will be offered across Tasmania with a focus on regional areas.”

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