Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants - Rheem

Committed to your plumbing apprenticeship but starting to feel the financial strain? Have a go at scoring one of 10 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants worth $3000 each.*

The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program is open to apprentice plumbers in Australia who meet the eligibility criteria.
To be considered for one of the 10 x $3,000 grants, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Eligible?

*To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
  • Be currently employed as a plumbing apprentice with a registered plumbing business.
  • Be an Australian citizen residing in Australia.
  • Be attending an accredited TAFE or RTO.
  • Complete all sections on the two-page submission form.
  • Ensure the Trainer & Assessor’s (plumbing teacher) contact details are accurate and are endorsed by them with their signature.
  • Be fulfilling all of their apprenticeship requirements – i.e. attending work and undertaking study commitments.
  • Ensure their employer’s contact details are accurate. Ensure their employer has completed the last section on page 1 and endorsed their comments with their signature.
  • Answer all sections honestly and accurately.
  • Be aware that Rheem Australia Pty Ltd takes no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected submissions.
  • Lodge their submission by Sunday 12th March 2017.
  • Ensure all information is correct and current at the time of submission and at the time when grants are awarded.
  • Please be aware that the acceptance of a grant may have tax implications for some individuals. It is advised that each recipient discuss their situation with a tax professional.

Step 2: Apply

The submission form consists of two pages broken into six sections.
  1. Personal – including name, date of birth and contact details.
  2. Education – name of TAFE or RTO, stage of study and trainer’s signature.
  3. Employment – including employer details and employer’s plumbing license number.
  4. Employer Endorsement – comment as to why the apprentice should receive a grant.
  5. Questions – eight short questions to be completed by applicant.
  6. Promotion - tell us how you heard about the grants program.

IMPORTANT! All submissions must be received no later than Sunday March 12, 2017 via:
Post: PO Box 756, Narrabeen NSW 2101
Email: rheemgrants@llewcom.com.au
Fax: (02) 9970 6422

Step 3: Selection

Each submission will be assessed to ensure all sections of the submission form have been fully completed. Eligible submissions will then be passed onto a panel of three independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator.

This panel will assess each of the certified submissions and make recommendations on those applicants which they believe should be awarded a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant.

Successful applicants will be individually notified and listed on the Rheem website on Friday April 14, 2017.


Why does Rheem run the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program?
To thank the Australian plumbing industry for its ongoing support, to invest in its skills future and provide training support, and to help ease financial pressure on apprentice plumbers who’ve been struggling financially.

When do entries open and close?
Applications for the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday January 30, 2017 and close on Sunday March 12, 2017, with recipients announced on Friday April 14, 2017.

How do I apply?
Download the application form. You can fill in the form online, save it as a pdf and then print it out for your employer and teacher/assessor to sign; or you can download the form, save it as a pdf, print it out and complete it manually.

Please ensure all sections are fully completed and send your application form by Sunday March 12, 2017 via:
Post: PO Box 756, Narrabeen NSW 2101
Email: rheemgrants@llewcom.com.au
Fax: (02) 9970 6422

Please ensure all sections are fully completed and send your submission by Wednesday 30 September 2015 to Rheem Apprentice Plumbing Grants, PO Box 756, Narrabeen, NSW 2101.

Am I able to fax or email my application form?
You can either post your form in by the due date, fax to (02) 9970 6422, or email it to rheemaustralia@rheem.com.au.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a grant?
If you are an apprentice plumber currently doing an apprenticeship in Australia and are studying at TAFE or with a Registered Training Organisation, then you are eligible to apply for the 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

Who needs to nominate me?
Apprentices can nominate themselves or their employer can nominate on their behalf.

I entered previously. Can I enter again?
If you applied in previous years but didn’t receive a grant, you are welcome to apply again in 2017. However, apprentices who received a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant in 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 are not eligible to apply for a 2017 grant.

I live very far away from my TAFE facility and won’t be seeing my trainer / assessor before entries close, therefore won’t be able to secure a signature from my TAFE teacher. Can I still enter?
It is a requirement that your trainer / assessor signs the education section of the submission form. If you are having genuine difficulties, please detail why and include the contact details of your trainer / assessor so that a Rheem representative can contact them and verify certain details.

If I am employed by a Group Training Organisation but am doing my practical work experience with a host employer, who should complete the employment section?
This section can be completed and signed by either your trainer/assessor at the Group Training Organisation, or your host employer.

Do I need to be in a certain age group to apply for a grant?
The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are open to apprentice plumbers and gasfitters of any age, whether young or mature age. We have had school-based apprentices right through to an apprentice aged 64!

Are there restrictions on what the grant money can be used for?
In 2017 there will be 10 grants valued at more than $3,000 each. Each grant will comprise $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, a $1,000 voucher from the merchant of grant recipients’ choice to go towards tools, in addition to an Irwin tote tool bag.

What do the judges look for?
Judges for the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be looking for applicants who require financial help, who may have done or are planning to help in the community, or who have shown initiative in their work or outside of work. Each application is assessed on its merits.

When will the winners be announced and how will they be notified?
Recipients of the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be announced on Friday April 14, 2017. The winners’ names will be placed on the Rheem website – www.rheem.com.au – and you will be contacted by a Rheem representative.

Who will be judging the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants?
A panel of independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator will judge the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

Where can I get further information?