The Industry Forum included presentations from Shayne La Combre, CEO of PICAC and Chair of the World Plumbing Council; Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training and Skills; Kirstin Griese, Community Plumbing Challenge Team Member; Earl Setches, Chair of PICAC and the IPSF and PPTEU Secretary; Anne Barker, Commissioner of the VBA and Josh Wilkins, Founder and CEO of One Voice demonstrating the broad reach of the plumbing industry.
A highlight during the Industry Forum was the presentation of the 2016 UA International Apprentice Contest rings to the two apprentices who represented PICAC at the 2016 Competition held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. PICAC Chair, Earl Setches presented the rings to Aaron Bridger and Brad MacKenzie.
The 2017 Plumbing and Sprinkler Fitting Apprentice Skills Competition saw 18 competitors (3rd and 4th year apprentices) including four from Queensland working from 6:30am until 2pm displaying their skills and knowledge of plumbing, mechanical services and fire protection in a practical demonstration on during the World Plumbing Day event.
The winners on the day were Rowan Morton from the Service Trades College, Queensland for Plumbing and Steven Sawyer from Fire Industry Training, Victoria for Sprinkler Fitting and the finalists are eligible for selection to represent PICAC and Australia at the United Association International Apprentice Skills Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August, 2017.
This year’s Trade Expo was the best yet. 26 exhibits showcased a great range of interactive displays, new products and technology and fun giveaways. The atmosphere was great, particularly due to being able to watch the Apprentice Skills Competition live on the big screen and the presentation of the winners trophies on stage in the Expo. Thank you again to all the Sponsors who supported this important day.
World Plumbing Day is an excellent opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers to make real connections with tradespeople who use and rely on their products every day. If you or your organisation is interested in being a part of WPD 2018, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org