Luke's soft place to land

Picture L-R: Sue Taylor, Ian Faust and Luke Nolan

18-year-old Dolphin Point Indigenous student apprentice, Luke Nolan was awarded the Bert Evans Scholarship yesterday, Tuesday 6 December at Susie’s Kitchen in Milton.

With an ambition to eventually become a Head Chef and run his own business to take on his own apprentices, Luke has faced hardship in his young life, yet this hasn’t deterred him from his dreams.

Luke’s desire to work in the food industry led him to attend cooking classes at Susie’s Kitchen where he met Sue Taylor, his future employer as a casual employee and then as a Commercial Cookery apprentice.

Susie’s Kitchen was Luke’s soft place to land.

“He is very enthusiastic. Luke has a genuine passion for food,” says Sue.

About the Scholarship: “It means everything to him, it’s a really fantastic award. The impact of receiving the Scholarship has been very positive,” she says.

The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships assist apprentices who need additional financial support, providing $15,000 for each recipient over three years.

On hearing about the Scholarship, Luke was ecstatic.

“It actually brought tears to my eyes,” he says.

On receiving the money: “I’m using a standard knife at the moment so I want to buy brand new one and some fancy work gear.”

Luke is currently studying the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW Illawarra Nowra.

“I’ve learned heaps from TAFE. I barely knew how to use a knife. They taught me so many things and I’ve met heaps of new people,” says Luke.

The scholarships are named in honour of the NSW Apprenticeships Ambassador, Bert Evans, AO, who has spent a lifetime supporting vocational education and training and apprentices in New South Wales.