A day for plumbers - World Plumbing Day 201728 March 2017
World Plumbing Day was celebrated this year on March 11. Industry events took place nationwide, including a full day of activity at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC); a leading organisation that helps to promote the vital role that plumbing plays in societal health and wellbeing. The annual event saw over 250 attendees take part in an Industry Forum, Apprentice Skills Competition and Trade Expo.
PICAC CEO and Chair of the World Plumbing Council, Shayne La Combre presented at the forum, alongside an impressive team that included the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney; Community Plumbing Challenge Leader Kirstin Griese; Chair of PICAC and the IPSF and PPTEU Secretary Earl Setches; Commissioner of the VBA, Anne Barker; and Founder and CEO of One Voice, Josh Wilkins.
A highlight for many attendees was the Plumbing and Sprinkler Fitting Apprentice Skills Competition. 18 third and fourth year apprentices worked over an eight-hour period to show off their skills and compete for the Journeyman Toolkit and cash prizes. First place was taken out by Rowan from Beavis& Bartels and Steven from Jetfire Fire Protection in
the plumbing and sprinkler categories respectively. The finalists are now eligible to progress into the second stage of the process to represent PICAC and Australia at the United Association’s Apprentice Skills Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Wrapping up the proceedings was the annual Trade Expo and Luncheon held in PICAC’s
OH&S training facility, with many fun interactive displays for attendees to see, including a live stream of The Apprentice Skills Competition for a bit of extra entertainment.