Apprentice wins $3000 grant

A 30-YEAR-OLD apprentice has been awarded a $3000 grant for his dedication to the plumbing industry.

Luke Morphett is in the second year of his apprenticeship and was the only Tasmanian recognised in the 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

Mr Morphett attends TasTAFE in Claremont and although he said there were some financial challenges to the trade it was “well worth changing careers and states for.”

“I knew I wanted to get a trade and I thought plumbing was one of the better ones,” he said.

“The difference between a third-world country and a developed country is sanitary water, and I liked how plumbing can make such a difference.”

The grant includes $2000 to go toward fees and text books, a $1000 voucher for tools and a tool tote bag.

Outside of plumbing, Mr Morphett is writing a science fiction novel which he plans to complete this year.

“I’m hoping to get it published,” he said.

“When that happens, it will be one of my proudest achievements.”

Rheem Australia awarded ten apprentice plumbers as part of the nationwide grant program.

Research shows that apprentices are struggling with the cost of living and are increasingly in debt.

Rheem chief operating officer Chris Taylor said he was “thrilled” to assist with fostering this next generation.

“Since we launched the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants six years ago, we have discovered just how many amazing apprentices there are around Australia,” he said.

“With data showing apprenticeships have declined, we are happy to play a small role in helping encourage those who might be struggling financially or need a morale boost to continue with their studies.

“The plumbing industry has provided immense support to Rheem over more than 80 years and these grants are designed as a thank you and to help foster the next generation of plumbers.”

Launched in 2012, the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant program has awarded more than $213,000 to 302 apprentices.

To see the full list of this year’s recipients, visit www.rheem.com.au/apprentice.

Caption: Apprentice Luke Morphett was the only Tasmanian recognised in the 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.