The Honourable Mark Buttigieg Member of the NSW Legislative Council and Opposition Whip and Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Tony Bleasdale OAM who joined key leaders from across the Plumbing and Fire Protection industries at the official opening of the new Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Glenwood campus on Thursday, 27 May 2021.
The campus has been developed through the collaboration of key industry stakeholders, the Plumbing Trades Employees Union of New South Wales (PTEU), the National Fire Industry Association (NFIA) and PICAC.
PICAC Glenwood will ensure that quality industry training is available to more students and that the New South Wales economy has a skilled workforce capable of taking advantage of industry innovations and technical advances. PICAC Glenwood can accommodate 2-300 fire protection and plumbing apprentices and 100 mechanical services or HVAC apprentices and notably, is the only provider of the newly legislated ‘Install Medical Gas Pipeline Systems’ in New South Wales. critical
Over 80 industry and community representatives attended the event to commemorate the official opening of the training centre.
The Honourable Mark Buttigieg MLC discussed the importance of the Medical Gas Licensing legislation that he advocated for alongside Danial and Benish Khan and was passed on 19 June 2020, ensuring that Medical Gas Systems work is licensed and regulated by NSW Fair Trading.
Councillor Tony Bleasdale, Mayor of Blacktown spoke about the significance of a training facility such as PICAC Glenwood opening in the City of Blacktown, with the opportunities it can provide to local people considering an apprenticeship in the plumbing or fire protection trades, and the economic impact of having industry practitioners from all over Greater Sydney coming to Glenwood to access specialised training.
“PICAC Glenwood offers the plumbing and fire protection industries of New South Wales specialised training opportunities not previously available and provides a real-world connection between employers, workers and the community. The centre demonstrates the commitment of our industries to maintaining the highest standards and creating futureproofed jobs for the community.”
Theo Samartzopoulos, State Secretary, Plumbing Trades Employees Union