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2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

$30,000 worth of grants on offer in the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants!

There are 10 x $3,000 grants including $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, and a $1,000 tool voucher.

The grants are available to apprentice plumbers across Australia – both current and those just starting their courses in the new year*.

Applicants can nominate themselves or their bosses can nominate them.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Grants recipients from previous years are not eligible to enter.

Key dates:

  • Monday February 4, 2019: applications open.
  • Monday April 1, 2019: applications close
  • Friday May 10, 2019: recipients of the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants announced


Download the application form and get started!



Why does Rheem run the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program?

To thank the Australian plumbing industry for its ongoing support, to invest in its skills future and provide training support, and to help ease financial pressure on apprentice plumbers who’ve been struggling financially.

When do entries open and close?

Applications for the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday 4th February, 2019 and close on Monday 1st April 2019,with recipients announced on Friday 10th May 2019.

How do I apply?

The application form can be downloaded from this page from February 4, 2019.

You can fill in the form online and use digital signatures (for yourself, employer and teacher/assessor); or complete most of the form online and then print it out for your employer and teacher/assessor to sign; or you can download the form, save it as a pdf, print it out and complete it manually.

Please ensure all sections are fully completed and send your application form to Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants by Monday April 1, 2019 via:
Post: PO Box 756, Narrabeen NSW 2101
Fax: (02) 9970 6422

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a grant?

If you are an apprentice plumber currently doing an apprenticeship in Australia and are studying at TAFE, university or with a Registered Training Organisation, then you are eligible to apply for the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

Who needs to nominate me?

Apprentices can nominate themselves or their employer can nominate on their behalf.

I entered previously. Can I enter again?

If you applied in previous years but didn’t receive a grant, you are welcome to apply again in 2019. However, apprentices who received a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant in years 2012 - 2018 inclusive are not eligible to apply for a 2019 grant.

I live very far away from my TAFE facility and won’t be seeing my trainer / assessor before entries close, therefore won’t be able to secure a signature from my TAFE teacher. Can I still enter?

It is a requirement that your teacher/assessor signs the education section of the submission form. There is the option of completing the form online and getting a digital signature from your teacher/assessor. However, if that’s not possible and if you are having genuine difficulties, please detail why and include the contact details of your teacher/assessor so that a Rheem representative can contact them and verify certain details.

If I am employed by a Group Training Organisation but am doing my practical work experience with a host employer, who should complete the employment section?

This section can be completed and signed by either your trainer/assessor at the Group Training Organisation, or your host employer.

Do I need to be in a certain age group to apply for a grant?

The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are open to apprentice plumbers and gasfitters of any age, whether young or mature age. We have had school-based apprentices right through to an apprentice aged 64! 

Are there restrictions on what the grant money can be used for?

In 2019 there will be 10 grants valued at more than $3,000 each. Each grant will comprise $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, a $1,000 voucher to go towards tools, in addition to a tote tool bag. 

What do the judges look for?

Judges for the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be looking for applicants who require financial help, who may have done or are planning to help in the community, or who have shown initiative in their work or outside of work. Each application is assessed on its merits.

When will the winners be announced and how will they be notified?

Recipients of the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will be announced on Friday May 10, 2019. The winners’ names will be placed on the Rheem website – – and they will be contacted by a Rheem representative.

Who will be judging the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants?

A panel of independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator will judge the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

Where can I get further information?

Email us at and a Rheem representative will contact you.