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.