The Rheem apprentice plumber grants aim to financially help apprentice plumbers to pursue their careers and can be spent on things such as tools, travel to and from work or studies and to pay education expenses.
Jake, a 17-year-old first year apprentice, said he chose plumbing because of the diversity and he believed plumbing was ‘very important to the community and its needs’.
He said he liked not having to do the same thing every day and loved finding the solution to a problem on the spot.
Jake had to move more than 4000km away from his family to pursue his apprenticeship, which has meant he has not been able to save enough money to be able to buy the tools he needs to progress.
Jake’s employer Trent Dorrington, of Marsmen Plumbing, said Jake was ‘an exceptional young man who shows maturity beyond his years’.