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Students exploring a career in trades, apprentices and plumbing enthusiasts alike descended upon Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Narre Warren on August 6, as the doors opened to the public for the Plumbing on Show Expo, presented by Master Plumbers.
The state-of-the-art plumbing training complex in Melbourne’s thriving southeast was the perfect setting to showcase the latest developments in the industry, ranging from careers information and training demonstrations for those looking to enter the trade, right through to exhibitor demonstrations and keynote presentations from industry experts for the seasoned professionals looking to keep up with the latest developments in plumbing.
With the support of event sponsor Apprenticeships Victoria, and sponsors Women in Plumbing and Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria, the Expo kicked off with a keynote presentation from industry experts Paul Bonsak, Managing Director at IAPMO and Jon Palfrey, Commercial Manager at Thermal Energy Solutions, who shared their knowledge on plumbing sustainability, clean energy and new technologies. Mr Palfrey remarked that there’s plenty to look forward to in the realm of plumbing.
“It’s such an exciting time in the industry I wish I was starting my career again now.”
Those looking to kick off their careers in plumbing were treated to an array of hands-on plumbing training demonstrations including guttering, PVC pipe work and silver braising – including Henry, aged 10.
“My dad is a plumber and I’ve seen a lot of the stuff that he does but to actually do it myself today has been really exciting. Joining the copper pipes with the torch was fun and looks really cool with the big flame.”
The growing number of females interested in plumbing was also evident with many exploring the Centre throughout the day and taking in the panel discussion that discussed the opportunities available to women in the plumbing industry.
Industry stalwart and plumbing instructor Shelley Decker hosted the panel of business owners and managers and prompted shared experiences from all involved to discuss the variety of opportunities that are possible for women who want to get involved in plumbing.
“For a long time, I’ve had a dream to develop a business that had a sole focus to employ and empower female plumbers.” said Kymberley Smyth, of Hey Sista Plumbing.
“There are so many customers I see on the job who, for a variety of reasons, prefer to have a female tradesperson in their home to do a job. I’m proud that I’m able to facilitate this need for them.”
The free coffee, bacon and egg rolls, and sausage sizzle on the hydrogen BBQ courtesy of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group were also a big hit with the crowd, and the perfect fuel to consume whilst browsing the curated collection of heritage items that demonstrated the simplicity and ingenuity of a bygone era in the industry.
Interested in a career in plumbing or hosting an apprentice? Contact Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria on [email protected]