A $12 million training facility in Beenleigh, Queensland has opened that will equip 700 apprentices with skills needed to secure jobs in plumbing, fire protection and mechanical services industries.
The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade and Melissa McMahon MP, Member for Macalister joined key leaders from across the Plumbing and Fire Protection industries at the official opening of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Beenleigh Training Centre on Tuesday.
Over 150 industry representatives attended the event to commemorate the official opening of the training centre.
The PICAC Beenleigh Training Centre was designed by FMSA Architecture and is located in a significant growth corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The new facility will make quality industry training available to more students than before and will ensure that the Queensland economy has a skilled workforce capable of taking advantage of industry innovations and technical advances.
It will support the training of 400 to 500 fire protection and plumbing apprentices, 100 mechanical services or heating ventilation and air conditioning apprentices and 100 pre-apprenticeship trainees.
PIAC Beenleigh will offer students the opportunity to utilise state of the art facilities including:
- In-ground drainage and trench shoring training sandpit
- Three-level training tower simulating three high rise building levels
- Plumbing and Mechanical Services training facilities
- 14 stationed valve room with various valve types for service, test and maintain training
- Purpose-built fire protection training bays
- Gaseous fire suppression systems training room
- Functional electronic and diesel pumps installation for maintenance and live testing training
- Functional control indication panels and warning alarm training area
- Advanced welding facilities
- Safety and High-Risk Licence training areas for forklift, EWP under/ over 11 metres, working at heights and on roofs, and boom lift
PICAC Beenleigh is the fourth training centre delivered by FMSA Architecture for PICAC following the Brunswick, Geelong and Narre Warren facilities, and is the first outside Victoria.
The Queensland State Government contributed to the development with a $4 million grant and there has been wide support, both financial and in-kind from key stakeholders including the City of Logan and a number of local manufacturing and plumbing businesses.
Gary O’Halloran, State Secretary, Plumbers Union Queensland said PICAC Beenleigh is the real-world connection between employers, workers and the community.
“This world-leading facility is at the forefront of maintaining high standards and future jobs for the community.”