Recog­ni­tion for Parmelia plum­ber

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

PARMELIA plum­ber Ryan Wenn has won an ap­pren­tice­ship award.

The fourth-year ap­pren­tice won a Rheem Ap­pren­tice Plum­ber Recog­ni­tion Award.

Mr Wenn said he en­joyed the phys­i­cal and men­tal as­pects of plumb­ing.

“I like how it’s hands on,” he said. “I hope to run my own com­pany one day, when I’m qual­i­fied in com­mer­cial plumb­ing.”

Mr Wenn re­ceived $500 with his award.

The aim of the fund­ing is to help plumb­ing ap­pren­tices that are do­ing it tough.

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

In a ma­jor na­tional sur­vey of ap­pren­tices con­ducted by the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ Work­ers Union (2015), it re­vealed 60 per cent are strug­gling to pay their bills and have less than one month’s pay in sav­ings.

Rheem’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Chris Tay­lor, said data showed that ap­pren­tice­ships had de­clined in Aus­tralia.

“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,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d482968

Plum­ber Ryan Wenn at work.

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