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Star Plumbing student wins $1000 Rheem Grant

08 Dec 2015

With the construction industry booming in Victoria, trades training is a pretty good bet if you want a career that gives you lots of variety and doesn’t keep you cooped up in an office. Plumbing  is one of the growth areas, with general plumbers and roof plumbers in high demand.

At Melbourne Polytechnic, we have many high achievers and our plumbing students  are no exception. So we are very pleased to congratulate Quaide Comi (pictured second from right, above) on receiving a 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant of $1000.

Only twenty-five plumbing apprentices across the whole of Australia received a grant, putting Quaide in an elite group. The grant is designed to be a helping hand at a time in their career when money is invariably tight, and these apprentices are aiming to get a foothold in their industy.

“We always receive a huge number of amazing entries, which makes choosing the final recipients very difficult indeed,” says Matt Sexton, CEO of Rheem Australia.  “This year was no exception. Our grants program encourages not just young people starting out, but also those attempting to restart their careers."

The high level of ambition and dedication shown by the entrants impressed the judges, who were particularly on the lookout for any apprentices who showed generosity within the community, or strong determination to succeed.

Quaide decided that if he won, he would donate half his grant to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. When the judging panel selected Quaide, Rheem stepped in and generously decided to cover the $500 donation to the hospital, to allow Quaide to retain the full amount of his grant.

On Thursday 3 Dec, Quaide visited the Royal Children’s Hospital to present the cheque for $500 to Giovina Cicchitti, Corporate Engagement Manager for the hospital (pictured at right, above). Also present were Brent Comerford, Plumbing teacher at Melbourne Polytechnic (pictured second from left), and Paul Rapson, Rheem Vic/Tas State Manager (pictured far left).

Well done Quaide – we know you’ll do well in your future and we’re proud to have been part of your journey.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media / Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1561455211e.cin1561455211hcety1561455211lopen1561455211ruobl1561455211em@ai1561455211dem1561455211

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.