$10 Million Federally Funded ‘Swinburne TAFE Green Plumbing Trade school’ Officially Opened

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ( March 15, 2011

$10 Million Federally Funded 'Swinburne TAFE Green Plumbing Trade school' Officially Opened

Melbourne City

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, today joined Mike Symon, the Federal Member for Deakin, to open the federally-funded Swinburne TAFE Green Plumbing Trade school in Croydon, Melbourne.

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.

“It’s a boost for Croydon and an important step to meet the growing need for skilled workers in green trades,” Mr Combet said. “The Green Plumbing Trade School supports local green industries by providing skilled tradespeople.”

“Ten thousand new apprentices will be trained over the next five years,” Mr Symon said. “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.”

Mr Symon said there were 400 students at the Green Plumbing School, and 120 apprentices would start in 2012. The pre-apprenticeship groups have already graduated and the first apprentice group will graduate around May 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 project added approximately 3,500 sq metres of floor space to the Swinburne campus.

“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,” Mr Symon said.

“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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