Mature-aged plumber

Ross Ingham decided to start an Australian Apprenticeship in plumbing at 26 after many years working in the hospitality industry.

The 33-year-old is now a qualified plumber enjoying a successful career where he owns Flow Plumbing and Gasfitting in Queanbeyan, NSW – and has just hired his first Australian School-based Apprentice.

Ross admits he was not certain if undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship was the right decision.

“Starting as a mature-aged apprentice and learning all the skills from scratch was a bit daunting,” Ross said.

“An Australian Apprenticeship is rewarding – if you are ready to commit and work hard the benefits at the end are overwhelming.”

Ross completed a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Plumbing through the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Ross was named the 2010 ACT Apprentice of the Year and was also a finalist at the Australian Training Awards in the same year.

To see Ross at work, watch The Plumber: Ross' story.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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