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2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Rheem Australia has announced an enhanced Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants for 2017. And the company’s CEO has urged apprentice plumbers – both current and those just starting their courses – across Australia to mark Monday 30 January 2017, the day applications open, in their calendars.

“Since we launched the inaugural Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program, we’ve awarded $150,000 in grants to apprentice plumbers around Australia,” says Rheem’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Taylor. “For 2017 we’ve bolstered the grants after taking into consideration substantial feedback from apprentices, teachers and employers.”

Whereas in previous years $1,000 grants were awarded to successful recipients, 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 their choice to go towards tools, plus an Irwin tote tool bag.

“We have increased the value of the grants after assessing the myriad applications for previous grants and speaking with scores of apprentices, plumbing teachers and employers,” explains Chris. “From this feedback, we determined that the greatest financial hardships were affording fees, text books and tools. That’s why we’ve reassessed the grants program and boosted the value to provide even greater tangible assistance.”

Rheem developed the grants program in 2012 for several key reasons: 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.

“Rheem is an active part of the plumbing community and our involvement doesn’t just mean providing products and innovation. We believe that the greatest assistance that Rheem can provide is through supporting the education and training of the next generation of plumbers,” says Chris.

“The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants is evidence of this commitment to training and education. Over the years we have awarded 150 grants to apprentice plumbers from all walks of life – male and female, young and more mature (our oldest apprentice was 64!), and working in family-run businesses, small companies or larger plumbing groups. What they have in common is the desire to become the next generation of plumbers in Australia. We’re committed to helping them achieve their goals.”

Each year the grants are awarded by three judges including Rheem’s training manager, Jon Palfrey, in addition to two independent judges from TAFEs/RTOs and plumbing groups, who assess each application on its merits.

“I encourage Australia’s apprentice plumbers to apply for a 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant and hope it will make a real difference for those who are selected to receive a grant,” adds Chris.

About the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Applications for the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program open on Monday 30 January 2017 and close on Sunday 12 March 2017. Successful grant recipients will be announced on Friday 14 April 2017.

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

For more information about the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants, email: rheemgrants@llewcom.com.au.

Recipients of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter.