New Round of Apprentice Plumber Grants Available
GOTAFE Apprentice Plumbing Students are eligible for a new round of grants offered by Rheem Australia. Rheem will award 25 grants worth $1,000 each, available via an application process open on Saturday 1 August 2015 until Wednesday 30 September 2015.
Rheem Australia CEO Matt Sexton said Rheem have been offering grants to the next generation of plumbers since 2012 to apprentices across Australia.
“This year, we are especially looking out for apprentice plumbers who have ambition and drive to make a real difference in their community using their skills,” explained Mr Sexton.
“Over the past few years we have seen many applicants showing enormous dedication and continued hard work despite often challenging circumstances” he said.
Previous recipients of a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant include a young newlywed man who together with his wife spends holidays volunteering in a third world country; a teenage apprentice who had to commute a further 60km a day to get to work after a fire and flood destroyed the road from his property; a mother of three who started an all-female plumbing business; a hearing impaired apprentice who’s not letting his impairment ruin his dream of becoming a qualified plumber; and several ambitious apprentices planning to use their skills to bring adequate plumbing to remote and/or disadvantaged areas.
GOTAFE Building and Construction Commercial Manager Brendan Rogash explained that there are no restrictions placed on the grants, and successful applicants can decide how and when they use it.
“You may wish to use the grant to purchase tools, pay for study, bills, or even fuel to get to or from work,” said Mr Rogash.
“You can nominate yourself or your employer can nominate you on your behalf, but we suggest you also have a chat to your GOTAFE trainer about your submission.”
Applications for the 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Saturday 1 August 2015 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015, with recipients announced on Friday 30 October 2015.
Apprentices can nominate themselves, or their employer can nominate on their behalf. Applicants can download the form from the website at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice and either post, email or fax it (details are on the application form). Further information can also be found on the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/rheemapprenticeplumbers.
Recipients of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter.