An Andrews Labor Government will support the plumbing industry’s development of a new Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) in Narre Warren.

A Labor Government would work with the Victorian Building Authority and the plumbing industry to ensure that the new PICAC is used to support retrenched automobile manufacturing and supply chain workers. The new PICAC facilities would re-train manufacturing workers in sustainable green technologies.  

Ms Graley said that Labor would work with the plumbing industry to provide retraining for manufacturing workers who have been hit hard by the industry’s job losses.

“Rarely does a week go by where I`m not contacted by a manufacturing worker who has lost their job, had their hours cut or are struggling to find work,”

“We will work with the plumbing industry to support these workers, to ensure they can acquire new skills and get back into the workforce as soon as possible,”

“This is amazing news and a fantastic opportunity for our young people and older workers looking to undertake training locally in a state of the art facility for a job for the future.”

The Chair of PICAC, Plumber’s Union Secretary Earl Setches said that his will mean
that the industry, working with government, will see training delivered in industries of the future throughout metropolitan Melbourne.

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

Deputy Chair and CEO of the Master Plumbers, Ken Gardner said, “These new PICACs will
support the development of skills that will translate directly to the construction industry and provide a supply of needed tradespersons to support building activity in the South East Regions.

“These two new facilities will provide up-skilling and competency development to over 200 plumbing industry entrants, year on year, particularly to those who have found gaining employment with their existing skill set difficult.”