Funding of $4 million announced in the 2018 Victorian State Budget is assisting in building the $35M new state-of-the-art training facility Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) campus in Narre Warren.
PICAC Narre Warren is being purpose-built to deliver the specific skills the Victorian economy needs now, and will increasingly need in the future.
The training facility has been designed to utilise the very latest technological advances in water reticulation, heating and cooling systems, training delivery, safety, new product innovation and sustainability practices. It will incorporate world leading facilities in welding and gas fitting, and will be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy training facility and a test case in showing how smarter energy systems can be incorporated into building designs. The first generation of Net Zero Energy plumbing professionals will be trained at PICAC Narre Warren.
The training facility is located in Victoria’s south eastern suburban growth corridor, the heart of one of the State’s fastest growing regions. It will be accessible by the Monash Freeway and within walking distance of the metropolitan train network.
PICAC has strategically located its new facilities in high population growth regions, and where economic transition is impacting the local employment outlook. PICAC Narre Warren aims to retrain workers from declining industries for careers in specialised environmentally sustainable plumbing. The PICAC model also focuses strongly on providing training opportunities for people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.
“PICAC is a proven model for the development and delivery of world class training for the plumbing, fire protection and related industries. PICAC Narre Warren is a truly innovative, world class training facility that is focussed on providing the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow,” said PICAC Chair, Carmel Coate.
The strategic advisory team delivering the complex, led by NDY, is ensuring the building will be certified to international standards. “Renewable energy will be supplied through a unique combination of geothermal and solar technology,” said NDY in the AIRAH journal, Ecolibrium, October 2018 edition. “The building itself has been designed to provide maximum energy efficiency in order to minimise supply requirements. This has been achieved through advanced insulated wall design, double-glazing and the latest equipment technologies.”
The Centre, which has been designed by FMSA Architecture, following the success of the PICAC Brunswick and Geelong campuses which they also designed, is anticipated to be completed early in 2019.
PICAC is a practical training centre and a centre of excellence for the plumbing, fire protection and HVAC industries. PICAC began as an initiative that brought together key industry employee and employer groups to ensure that those who design, install and maintain plumbing, fire protection and HVAC systems in current and future building stock have access to state-of-the-art training facilities and highly-skilled training professionals. While many traditional training providers struggled to keep pace, PICAC has continued to meet the evolving demands of the workforce, training over 5000 individual students in over 500 individual courses. PICAC’s success was recognised in 2015 when awarded both the Victorian and Australian Small Training Provider of the Year Awards. Since opening in Brunswick in 2008, PICAC has expanded and opened its second campus in Geelong in 2016, and its third campus is currently under construction at Narre Warren and due to open in 2019.