Industry has come together to secure a $20 million upgrade to a Training Centre to be built by apprentices for apprentices.
The Queensland Government announced the first stage of the state’s economic reset, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, which includes a $20 million commitment to complete the construction of a Queensland Training Centre of Excellence in Beenleigh, Queensland.
Major construction industry stakeholders Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), National Fire Industry Association (NFIA) and the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) have joined forces to progress the critical Apprentice Employment Model Project.
During the construction phase, this funding will protect 70 apprentice jobs, as well as provide extensive economic benefits at a critical time for Queensland in the form of direct employment and increased industry skills training opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project will be located at the existing Centre of Excellence Training Facility in Beenleigh, which delivers world-class trade and post-trade training. The Centre of Excellence opened in September 2019 after vital support from the current Queensland Government.
Penny Cornah, MPAQ’s Executive Director, said “COVID-19 is having far-reaching and devastating effects on the economy and industries across the globe, and Queensland workers will inevitably experience the impact of this”.
“This shovel-ready project will be built by apprentices, for apprentices,” Ms Cornah said.
“With this investment Queensland will be well positioned to maximum hydrogen opportunities into the future. The installation of hydrogen in our community is work for plumbers and gasfitters, and we will make sure they have the skills our community needs,” Ms Cornah said.
“I would like to thank the Queensland Government for their support and partnership in this project,” said PPTEU Secretary, Gary O’Halloran.
“We will continue to deliver world beating training, which we are proud to say includes mechanical services plumbing and medical gas,” stated Mr O’Halloran.
NFIA General Manager, Glen Chatterton, stated that “Our industry partnership model produces amazing results. Apprentices at our Centre have an over 90% completion rate and learn valuable skills above and beyond the basis level apprenticeship.”
“This Centre will be Queensland’s only provider of fire electrical and special hazards training, which are vital to keeping our community safe in the buildings we live and work,” Mr Chatterton said.
“This Centre is a show piece for our industry working together and delivering productive apprentices that will build our future,” said AMCA Executive Director, Graham Mackrill.
These industry bodies and unions remain committed to securing the future of the trades industry and rebuilding the Queensland economy.