Happy World Plumbing Day!

Today marks, World Plumbing Day (WPD), an international event initiated by the World Plumbing Council to highlight the important role plumbing plays in the health, safety and sustainability of our communities.

The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) is running a series of events today to mark WPD in Victoria.

Highlights of the day will include a plumbing industry luncheon where attendees will hear from key note speaker, The Hon. Peter Hall, Minister for Higher Education and Skills who will focus on the importance of education, re-skilling and up-skilling the industry as well as a selection of guest speakers, focusing on the ‘Emerging health risks effecting the plumbing industry’.

Other exciting activities today will include a Plumbing Apprentice Skills Competition and Sprinkler Fitting Apprentice Skills Competition, providing an opportunity for leading apprentices from across Victoria to display their skills and knowledge of plumbing, mechanical services and fire protection in a practical demonstration. The winner of the competitions will be eligible for selection to represent PICAC and Australia at the United Association (UA) International Apprentice Skills Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan later this year.

Last year’s winner was our very own 2013 Plumbing Skillaroo, Alex de Koeyer, who not only represented Australia in Leipzig at the 42nd WorldSkills International Competition, but was also the first Australian apprentice to compete in the UA Apprentice Skills Contest.

Students attending today who are considering a future in the plumbing industry will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Registered Training Organisations, TAFE Institutes, group schemes, employers and others involved in vocational education and training as part of the Plumbing Careers Expo.

From more information on the valuable role the World Plumbing Council plays within the industry, or to become a member please visit www.worldplumbing.org.