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What apprentices can expect

Starting out as a plumbing apprentice can be daunting. Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria help apprentices through these challenging years with information, training and support.

Join our Group Training scheme and attend our state-of-the-art training facilities to take advantage of the support we offer. As future plumbers and as employees in plumbing businesses, apprentices are an important part of the plumbing industry.

You can expect:

  • support and supervision for your day-to-day training to give you every opportunity to complete your apprenticeship/traineeship
  • time off work to complete off the job training
  • a safe working environment
  • formal training and assessment, whether taken on or off-the-job, paid in working time

More about apprenticeship awards, wages and conditions. Find out what past apprentices say about their experiences.

What is expected of you:

  • a good attitude, enjoy practical work and a healthy approach to challenges
  • communicate with your employer about any issues as soon as they come up
  • good problem solving skills
  • good interpersonal skills, an interest in the plumbing industry and developing industry networks to further your career
  • your own tools external link icon (you may be eligible for the Tools for Your Trade allowance)

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Check out these apprentice experiences

andrew-rawling-250Career changer 1: Andrew Rawling – Chisholm Frankston Campus

My previous job as a steel fixer was very labour intensive, I chose plumbing because it is a diverse industry and there is a lot to learn.

One day I would love to return as a teacher and pass on all I have learned to new apprentices. I am excited about building a family company from the ground up and would love nothing more than to have my wife and two children involved.

I would like to specialise in waste management systems because there is so much room for growth, not only to install new systems, but hopefully to design and manufacture my own product.

 

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School leaver: Christopher Morrison – Holmesglen

After finishing school my future was undecided; I had the opportunity to do some labouring through a friend and decided to commence an apprenticeship. I knew plumbing was something I could commit to.

I would like to have a greater knowledge and understanding of all aspects of plumbing. My hope is to eventually establish a successful business of my own.

Given the diversity of plumbing, I would like to have the ability to work in all areas of the industry. I enjoy working on large-scale architectural homes because they include a range of plumbing including drainage, gas, complex water designs, sanitary and roofing.

 

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Career changer 2: Heidi Hanlon – Holmesglen

I was a high school teacher for several years but found it wasn’t what I had imagined it to be. This prompted a career change and I decided an apprenticeship was a great way to learn both on and off the job.

My first goal is to complete my advanced subjects to gain licences in relevant fields. I am looking forward to completing my apprenticeship and spending time out on site as a fully qualified tradesperson.

I work for a large commercial company and we deliver large projects that require us to work together efficiently. Effective team work is a big part of what we do and I enjoy that.

Passing the Journeyman’s exam first time round was a huge achievement. I had heard many stories of difficulties and disappointments, which made me even more determined to succeed.

 

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