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Announcing the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants Recipients


Rheem is proud to announce the 10 recipients of the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants! This year’s independent judging panel of experts were incredibly impressed with the high calibre and diversity of the applications.

We would like to thank the 187 applicants, their employers, TAFE/RTO teachers and support staff for their continued support of the Grants in 2021.

With skills-based jobs being more in demand than ever, Rheem is a strong supporter of efforts to grow the plumbing industry.

Each recipient will receive $2,000 to assist with their TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks, and a $1,000 voucher to help build their all-important trade toolbox.

A huge congratulations to this year’s recipients. We can’t wait to see the impressive splash they will all make in the plumbing industry.

The 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants recipients are:

  • Bradley Searle, NT, East Arnhem Plumbing Services
  • Isaac Annous, NSW, All Purpose Plumbing
  • Jacobie Welsh, VIC, O'Brien Plumbing Bendigo
  • Jai Seers, VIC, Shinners Plumbing Pty Ltd
  • Matthew Allen, QLD, Ruben Taylor Plumbing and Gas
  • Riley Cameron, QLD, Perren & Penny Plumbing
  • Tayla Billing, SA, Keeltay Pty Ltd
  • Taylor Metcalf, VIC, ACP Plumbing Solutions
  • Teisha Sethi-Swindail, NSW, Jeff Maguire Plumbing
  • Christian Kirkendall, NSW, Water Waste & Gas Plumbing

Rheem also granted one $500 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Recognition Award to:

  • Adam Annous, NSW, All Purpose Plumbing

For those who were not successful this year, we encourage you to keep an eye out for the next Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program. If you have any questions about the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants contact us at rheemgrants@impactagency.com.au

Why does Rheem run the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program?

The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program was founded with the purpose to ease the financial pressure faced by apprentice plumbers. Rheem is passionate about investing in the skills and training of industry newcomers and the grants are Rheem’s way of thanking the Australian plumbing industry for its ongoing support.


When do entries open and close?

Applications for the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday 1 March 2021 and close on Friday 30 April 2021. Recipients will be announced on Tuesday 8 June 2021.


How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a grant?

If you are an apprentice plumber currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Australia and are studying at TAFE, university or with a Registered Training Organisation, then you are eligible to apply for the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.


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 2021. Apprentices who have received a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant previously are not eligible to apply for a 2021 grant.


Who needs to nominate me?

Apprentices must nominate themselves. All submissions must include a 100 words or less reference from their employer to be considered.


I live very far away from my TAFE facility and won’t be seeing my teacher/assessor before entries close. Can I still enter?

It is a requirement that your teacher/assessor is aware that we may be in contact to verify your application. So as long as you can communicate that with your teacher and supply their contact details it won’t be an issue and your entry won’t be affected.


If I am employed by a Group Training Organisation but am doing my practical work experience with a host employer, who should provide the employer reference?

This reference can be produced by either your teacher/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 apply!


Are there restrictions on what the grant money can be used for?

In 2021 there will be 10 grants valued at more than $3,000 each. Each grant will comprise of $2,000 in cash to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks. This part of the grant will be transferred into the recipient’s bank account via electronic transfer. While this money can be spent at the recipient’s discretion, Rheem encourages the recipient put it towards TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks.
Each grant also includes a $1,000 voucher to go towards tools, in addition to a tote tool bag. Rheem will supply a tool voucher to the plumbing supplies merchant of the recipient’s choosing.


What do the judges look for?

Judges for the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be looking for applicants who embody the qualities that make an exceptional plumber. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about what they do and how they’ve overcome adversity to get where they are.
There will also be the opportunity to detail your involvement in your community and career aspirations for the future.


When will the recipients of the grants be announced and how will they be notified?

Recipients of the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be announced on Tuesday 8 June 2021. The successful recipients’ names will be placed on the Rheem website – www.rheem.com.au/apprentice – and they will be contacted by a Rheem representative by email and phone.


Who will be judging the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants?

A panel of independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator will judge the 2021 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.


Where can I get further information?

You can email rheemgrants@impactagency.com.au and a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant representative will contact you.