• On Friday 26 August 2016, 180 of the Association’s members, Life Members, and current and former employees, gathered at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street to celebrate the 125 Year Anniversary of the Master Plumbers. The sold out event was held in the Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, a fitting venue given that the Association was established in 1891, only 8 years after the Hotel itself was constructed in 1883. The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks in the Bourke Room where historic artefacts from the plumbing industry’s early days were on display. Guests then moved into the spectacular and unique high Victorian character of the Grand Ballroom for a three course meal, speeches and entertainment. The guest speaker for the evening was Kevin Sheedy, who began his career not in the AFL but as an apprentice plumber. He was awarded Honorary Member status of the Master Plumbers in 1998 after he was invited to present an award at Gold Medal and Training Awards. Kevin entertained the audience with personal stories from his time as an apprentice plumber, plus anecdotes from his illustrious football career that highlighted the importance of loyalty, longevity and commitment, values that are reflected across the membership of today’s Master Plumbers. To read the full story and see images for the historic event click here.   Read More
  • A short 10 years ago almost no one knew who Shane Jacobson was. A low budget, family made mockumentary about toilets changed all that. From fearless Aussie plumber Kenny Smyth to the set of Top Gear and The Bourne Legacy, Shane has the knack of keeping things fun and helping people laugh along the way. Our resident plumber from the trenches, Matt Reynolds, spoke to the man himself to discuss plumbing, life in front of the camera, maintaining his schedule, and his thoughts on learning. Read the gospel and the full interview with Shane Jacobson right here Read More
  • In just seven short years of operation, PICAC has become the pinnacle of Plumbing Industry Training and is rapidly expanding across Australia. With a commitment to making contemporary, world class training available to the plumbing industry, PICAC spread their vision beyond Victoria and is now enhancing training on a national level. Through the support and collaboration of key industry organisations; the Master Plumbers, the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Union, the National Fire Industry Association and the Australian Mechanical Contractors Association, PICAC is taking the quality of plumbing training to a standard not previously seen in Australia. Read the full feature to find out what's happening in Geelong, Narre Warren and Queensland at PICAC. Read More
  • Gone are the days when a class of first-year plumbing apprentices is the sole domain of fresh faces straight from school. We’re delighted to report a marked increase in diversity as apprentices sign up from an increasingly larger age pool and variety of backgrounds, taking the plunge for the career sea change they’ve always dreamed of. With great job security, flexibility to work across a number of fields and the potential to ascend the ladder fast, plumbing is becoming an increasingly attractive career path. Bringing a broad range of work experience to the table as well as a mature attitude, our older students are fast becoming some of the brightest rising stars. We spoke to some not-so-new kids on the block who prove that it’s never too late to change your mind. Meet five of the best who tell their story in this inspiring feature.  Read More
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