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Know A Local Plumbing Apprentice Doing It Tough?

We’ve all heard how plumbers can earn some serious coin… but that’s not always the case for those just starting out - specifically, apprentices.

A 2015 survey by the AMWU found that more than half of apprentices – around 60% - are struggling to pay their bills and have less than a month’s pay in savings.

It doesn’t help that both trade and non-trade apprenticeship and traineeship numbers have been falling in Australia since the middle of 2012, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research data.

To help those doing it tough, 10 recipients will get a leg-up to start or continue an apprenticeship as part of the 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program.

Rheem’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Taylor said that the sheer challenge of affording fees, textbooks and tools is enough for some apprentices to throw in the towel before finishing.

As part of the program, Rheem will stump-up $30,000 in total grants.

Each recipient will receive $2,000 to assist with TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks, plus a $1,000 tool voucher.

“If you are wanting to train as a plumber but are finding it financially challenging to kick-start your new career, or you are a plumber who has an apprentice that you feel would benefit from a financial boost - get in quick to apply for a grant, as it could make all the difference,” Taylor said.

Apprentices of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to apply... but there's not a huge amount of time left to do so.

Applications close Monday, March 19, 2018 and apprentices can nominate themselves or their employer can nominate them here

Since the program was launched, Rheem has awarded $180,000 in total grants to 160 apprentice plumbers.

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