Capral Aluminium
Playford Trust

The Playford Trust, in partnership with Capral Aluminium, offers a $10,000 scholarship for a student in third or fourth year studying mechanical, electrical or mechatronic engineering.

Capral Aluminium is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of aluminium extrusions. We operate 6 manufacturing sites in all mainland states along with a national distribution network. The manufacturing sites operate large hydraulic extrusion presses, high-capacity vertical powder coating lines and a wide range of downstream value-adding operations.

This scholarship is in memory of Richard Michael, our past General Manager, whose love of engineering and aluminium extrusion inspired and elevated generations of Capral engineers.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their engineering skills and industry knowledge through paid work placement with Capral at our world-class Angaston site.  This will provide invaluable, varied industrial experience in project areas such as advanced control systems, digitisation, energy efficiency, sustainability, design, asset management and reliability.  The aim will be for the student to make meaningful contributions to challenging problems with guidance from senior engineers.

The type of work to be undertaken – and level of commitment – will be negotiated between the successful student and Capral.

We recommend you begin your application as soon as possible and complete as much as you can this year. This allows the Trust to pass your details on to the company early.


Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Selection Criteria

The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian public universities and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the nominations.

Capral and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection, with an interview process for the final shortlisted applicants.

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence third year in mechanical, metallurgical, chemical or electrical engineering at one of the three public South Australian universities
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa, and resident in South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character. Preference will be given to students who display leadership potential
  • be available to complete a work placement within 6 months of receiving the scholarship.

It is essential that the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g. dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) provides a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.