This new round of apprenticeships will recruit mechanical services plumbing apprentices and air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic apprentices to help address both skilled worker shortages and the underrepresentation of women in trades.
More skilled tradespeople who are equipped to install solar hot water systems and heat pumps that use less energy will also help Victorians save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Water heating is a major source of household energy use in Australia. Emissions can be reduced by installing energy efficient solar hot water or heat pump systems with appropriately accredited installers.
Under this initiative, plumbing and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling (HVAC) businesses will be supported to hire a Solar Victoria apprentice – receiving a 50 per cent discount on hire costs for two years of the apprenticeship.
Women in Solar Victoria apprenticeships will receive financial incentives for two years of their apprenticeship, as well as a tool allowance when their apprenticeship starts.
Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria will support apprentices to complete the following units from 22515VIC Course in Working Safely in Solar or equivalent before their first job:
These apprenticeships are open to women who would like to start a full-time apprenticeship as a first or second-year apprentice plumber or air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.
Plumbing and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) businesses registered with our Solar Homes Program can hire a Solar Victoria apprentice as a host employer through Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria.
Hiring an apprentice through Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria, a Group Training Organisation (GTO), can save your business considerable time and resources and includes the following benefits:
Apprentices and host employers will be recruited until 31 October 2023 for this two-year initiative managed through Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria.
To register your interest as a candidate apprentice or a host employer under this initiative, please contact:
There is no cost for host employers and apprentice candidates to register their interest for these apprenticeships.
Host employers can hire an apprentice through Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria at a 50 per cent discounted rate for the first two years.
Women wishing to do an apprenticeship under this initiative will receive financial incentives on commencement and at six-monthly intervals for two years of their apprenticeship, and a tool allowance on commencement.
Recruitment is open until 31 October 2023 through Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria.