The new Swinburne TAFE Green Plumbing Trade school building opened in Croydon, Melbourne last week.
The first of its kind in Victoria, the complex incorporates a trades building and plumbing tower to deliver green training for the building, construction and plumbing fields.
Ten thousand new apprentices will be trained over the next five years.
The new Green Plumbing School will teach Plumbing pre-apprenticeships, Cert III in Plumbing, Cert IV in Plumbing and Services Operations Stream and Solar short courses.
The project added approximately 3,500 sqm of floor space to the Swinburne campus.
There are 400 students at the Green Plumbing School, and 120 apprentices will start in 2012.
The $10 million project was part of the Federal Government’s $200 million Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow program which delivered 32 projects at TAFE institutes across Australia.
The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, joined Mike Symon, the Federal Member for Deakin, to open the federally-funded facility.
Combet said: “The Green Plumbing Trade School supports local green industries by providing skilled tradespeople.”
Symon said: “This is a great result for local families as there are now many more places for apprenticeships and training in the green trades of the future.”
“I started my apprenticeship in electrical trades in 1982 and worked for 20 years as a qualified electrician. Investing in expanding the number of apprenticeships and training places locally gives opportunities for long term careers. It is also the way that we can deal with the growing skills gap in these emerging industries.”
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Date Posted: 21 March 2011