A Pakuranga plumbing apprentice is the first winner of a newly-launched scholarship programme.

Jaycob Walker is doing his time at Laser Plumbing East Tamaki and is the recipient of the Dux Scholarship which provides funding for the rest of his apprenticeship.

Hi employer is also rewarded for supporting a future generation of plumbers, receiving Dux plumbing products to the value of $2600 for each year of scholarship, $7500 in total.

The scholarship is designed to recognise the best all-round first year apprentice working in the Apprentice Training Trust (ATT) programme.

The selection process rewards the best performer, including their attitude, academic ability, practical skills and personality.

Jeff La Haye, general manager of Dux, says the company saw the need to invest in the trade, support the next generation of apprentices while also rewarding business and apprentices working together in a positive environment.

Gillian Westbrook, Laser Plumbing East Tamaki human resources manager, says Jaycob is a motivatedm capable apprentice with a great work ethic.

He sets high standards in his practical work and academic results, Jaycob's dedication to his work and high skill level has made him an outstanding, apprentice that is truly worthy of this scholarship."

Susie Paterson, Dux marketing manager, says it was quickly evident that Jaycob was highly regarded by his employers and his peers.

And it did not take long for us to work out why. Jaycob is clearly a reliable, driven and talented young man who has a bright future ahead of him. He showed a maturity level well beyond his years, outlined well thought-out career goals and demonstrated a good balance between work and outside interests."

The scholarship is a testament to the training environment provided, says Roger Westbrook, director of Laser Plumbing East Tamaki.

AIt takes four years of practical and academic training to qualify to become a licensed plumber, gasfitter and/or drain layer, the same as university degree."