Significant supplier sponsorship backs boost in quality of training for tradespeople


A newly-developed Continuing Professional (CPD) Development model and collaborative support from a significant industry supplier is set to lift the overall quality and consistency of training for some trades within the construction sector.

The Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board announced a new partnership with Mico Plumbing & Bathrooms to provide continuing professional development training for the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying trades during the 2016-17 financial year.

Board chairman Peter Jackson says working with such a significant supplier to the industry makes good sense.

“We are absolutely delighted with the partnership we have formed with Mico Plumbing & Bathrooms. The Board appreciates this strong support and values the benefit that their backing will provide to the industry,” Mr Jackson says.

“The partnership will mean that the cost to our practitioners will reduce from approximately $75 per practitioner to $30. As well as reducing the cost, this initiative will help to ensure the overall quality and success of our industry training.”

The Board conducted a review of its CPD training scheme as a result of widespread dissatisfaction of the current model expressed by the industry, and has resolved to change the way it will be delivered from April 1, 2016.


Consistent delivery approach

Now, instead of relying on product manufacturers to produce courses that the industry can choose from, the CPD training will move to a more resourceful and consistent delivery approach.

Each practitioner will now have key topics that they will cover by attending either a half-day training course sponsored by Mico Plumbing & Bathrooms, or by completing the topics online.

“This new approach will help ensure the industry stays abreast of key issues, and that there is a better overall quality of the content and delivery of CPD training,” Mr Jackson says.

“The Board is very excited to be introducing this form of CPD which it believes will better meet the needs of practitioners, and this strong support from Mico Plumbing & Bathrooms for the industry will help to ensure the success of the new mode.”

The Board expects that many existing product manufacturers will continue to hold their own courses to promote their products.

However, those courses will be optional, and industry practitioners will only need to complete the mandatory topics set down by the Board.

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