Rheem announces Apprentice Plumber Grants for 2019
Rheem is set to help 10 recipients start or continue a plumbing apprenticeship by providing $30,000 in total grants as part of the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program.
“Receiving the Rheem Grant has honestly changed my life for the better! [It] has given me the opportunity to complete my solar and hot water endorsement and given me the opportunity to enrol and pay for my backflow and TMV course,” says Eilish Grundon, a 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants recipient.
Rheem Australia chief executive Chris Taylor says the Grants program is a way for the company to give back to the industry that has supported Rheem since the 1930s.
“Rheem has a long legacy in the plumbing industry and we’re passionate about giving back and supporting that community,” he says.
“Feedback from apprentices and employers shows that the financial strain can impact an apprentice’s career, so we aim to lighten that burden with the Grants. That’s why in 2019 we’ll again be providing our 10 recipients with $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, plus a $1,000 tool voucher.”
In 2018, the 10 grant recipients included males and females from a variety of locations and backgrounds, including two former soldiers, a young man supporting his terminally-ill mother, and a sci-fi novelist – all of whom share a desire to become part of the next generation of plumbers.
Applications for the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday, 4 February 2019 and close on Monday, 25 March 2019.