Plumbing pre-apprentices - preparing for the future

Victoria University plumbing pre-apprentices are not only preparing for their own futures, they were recently given the opportunity to see how VU's School of Construction industries is preparing for the future.

Under the guidance of VU teacher Darren James and Kane contract administrator Josh Conolly, the group of pre-apprentices made a site visit to the Sunshine Construction Futures Project. This six-star environmental rated building will be the new home of the School of Construction Industries  when it is completed in 2013.

Students were able to experience firsthand some of the new technologies and materials that they have been learning about for the past month, including those that address environmental concerns. The new building is leading edge both in design and construction and students were able to capitalise on this by viewing the geo-thermal pits that provide heating for the building.

"The practical component of this course is fundamental to the future success of our students" says Darren James. "Seeing differences between the commercial and domestic aspects of our trade in action was a defining moment for many of our students. "

Electro fusion welding, the stormwater system and the fire service were of particular interest to the class as too the vast range of new and traditional plumbing materials and jointing methods used on the site.

Students will continue to follow the progress of this $44 million showcase building with future visits planned.

The Sunshine Construction Futures project will skill and re-skill Australia's building and construction workforce. It will incorporate the training needs of a construction industry whose future rests on the ability of builders, architects and urban designers to accommodate the urgent demands of sustainability and on embracing emerging technologies.  The  6 Green Star rated building will be an example of environmental design excellence incorporating the latest renewable energy, water preservation, solar design and temperature technologies to reduce VU's carbon footprint.

Pre-apprenticeship training is a training pathway to prepare students for entry into an apprenticeship.  This training gives participants a realistic expectation of the work involved in a particular trade, helps develop important basic skills and acquire some experience.  VU offers Pre-apprenticeships in  BricklayingCarpentry, Engineering - FabricationEngineering - MachiningJoinery/Shopfitting/StairbuildingPlumbing and  Signage

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