Former prison tour guide unlocks a rewarding career change

A career change to a plumbing apprenticeship is paying off for Richard Finn
A career change to a plumbing apprenticeship is paying off for Richard Finn

A LATE career change has proven to be the best move for Richard Finn.

After seven years as a tour guide at the Fremantle Prison, the 30-year-old Maylands resident was keen for a new skill set and was drawn to a plumbing apprenticeship.

Now in his first year, he was one of 10 apprentices in Australia to win a $3000 Rheem apprentice plumber grant.

“The last couple of years I wanted to make a move and landed on plumbing,” he said.

“It is different hours – at the prison it was l ate start and late finish because it is tourism, but I prefer the early starts in plumbing.

“It is challenging and hard work, but it’s really good.”

With another three years of his apprenticeship to go, Mr Finn has plenty of time to decide what direction he wants his career to head in.

“There are so many different facets in the industry – you can do maintenance, new builds, commercial – I may run my own business eventually,” he said.

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