The State Labor Party has announced their support for the development of two new world-class plumbing training facilities for plumbers in Geelong and Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Steve Herbert made the announcement at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) in Brunswick.

Hit hard by the closure of automotive industries in the region, these two areas of Melbourne will now see two world-class facilities developed to re-train skilled workers in sustainable plumbing jobs, ensuring a secure future for these workers and their families.

The Chair of PICAC, Plumber’s Union Secretary Earl Setches said that the industry in partnership with government will see training delivered in industries of the future throughout metropolitan Melbourne. He added that PICAC has retrained 10,000 plumbers in new technologies, with the number representing half of the industry in Victoria.

Mr Herbert announced that a Labor Government would work with the Victorian Building Authority and the plumbing industry to ensure the new PICAC centres are used to support retrenched automobile manufacturing and supply chain workers.

Deputy Chair and CEO of Master Plumbers, Ken Gardner said that the new PICACs will support the development of skills to ensure a continuous supply of needed tradespersons to the construction industry to support building activity in the Greater Geelong and South East Regions.

The two new training facilities will provide up-skilling and competency development to over 200 plumbing industry entrants, year on year, particularly to those who are finding it difficult to gain employment with their existing skill set.

Mr Setches added that PICAC Geelong and Narre Warren will train students in a broad range of plumbing industry related skills, which will greatly increase lifetime employability prospects.