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We’d Be Up Crap Creek Without Licensed Plumbers And Plumbing Apprentices – World Plumbing Day 2017 Breakfast

This post has been written in collaboration with the Master Plumber’s Association of Queensland for World Plumbing Day 2017

You don’t realise how valuable plumbers are until you have crap overflowing from the toilet, or your cold water tap won’t turn on in the heat of summer, or your hot water system decides to belly up in the middle of winter.

Fresh drinking water and sanitation are not a luxury. Plumbers are vital in ensuring the community has access to both.

What may look easy to install on home renovation shows or YouTube, requires a lot of skill and technical knowledge in understanding how plumbing systems should be installed and maintained.

Plumbing is an important service that we take for granted everyday.

water in toilet bowl

The thing is we need more plumbers and we need more plumbing apprentices to ensure we have enough skilled tradespeople to service the future plumbing needs of the community.

Last year it was reported that there was a decline in apprenticeship sign ups and completions. While the decline covered a broad range of skills, it’s important to understand if we don’t have apprentices, we will have a severe lack in skilled trades for the future. It’s important to have skilled plumbers and apprentices, coming through the ranks, because without them, the quality of our plumbing systems and services will decline which can have catastrophic consequences to the health of our community.

World Plumbing Day 2017

World Plumbing Day is a day that recognises the important part plumbers play in the health and wellbeing of the community. While there seems to be a day to celebrate all sorts of initiatives throughout the year, World Plumbing Day raises awareness of how lucky we are to have access to clean water and sanitation, when many in the world don’t.

world plumbing day 2017

That’s why we should never take our health for granted, nor the plumbers that install and maintain plumbing services that play a part in assisting with a healthy society.

On Friday 10th March, the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland has teamed with Event Partners to celebrate World Plumbing Day 2017 with a breakfast at Hillstone, St Lucia.

The theme for this year’s breakfast is focused on learning from the past, protecting the present and progressing the future. The Honourable Cameron Dick, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services will attend the breakfast and speak about the importance of health and wellbeing of our community.

This year’s breakfast will have a focus on apprentices and many will be invited to the breakfast so they are encouraged to continue the course, with an importance of driving them towards developing and maintaining professionalism within the industry.

Apprentices can often be seen as the bottom of the food chain when it comes to skilled services, but they play an important part in our future. Without men and women putting their hand up to be trained, we wouldn’t have the skilled tradies needed to main our plumbing systems which provide much needed sanitation and fresh drinking water.

The breakfast will include an exciting announcement, with my role as Female Plumbing Ambassador being passed on to another female plumber within the industry. The presentation of the new Female Plumbing Ambassador for 2017 will be announced at the breakfast. The focus of the ambassadorship for 2017 will be to encourage diversity and inspire more women to take up an apprenticeship.

female plumbing ambassador for 2016

While it’s important to celebrate World Plumbing Day and recognise the new Female Plumbing Ambassador, the MPAQ believe in giving back to the community. There will be a raffle to raise money towards protecting the health and safety of the community through a nominated charity which will be confirmed closer to the date.

It can be easy to gloss over various initiatives and events throughout the year, but this year’s World Plumbing Day breakfast is one not to be missed. I encourage all plumbing companies, apprentices, trainers, suppliers and related trades to come along to the breakfast. Tickets can be purchased here.

When was the last time you were grateful for a plumber to fix an issue at your home? Have you ever visited a place with unsanitary services?

This post has been written in accordance with my disclosure policy.

  • We’ve not had to call on a plumber recently. Touch wood. It’s definitely a trade I admire people for choosing. Good on you for promoting plumbing apprenticeships. I hope the numbers increase.

    • I hope the numbers increase too, and when they do, I hope the completion rates increase too. So glad you haven’t had to call on a plumber. x

  • Plumbing is also fairly future-proof as a career – you can’t outsource it overseas or digitise it!

    • Hugzilla

      Excellent point Bec!

    • Absolutely. Spot on point. 🙂

  • Hugzilla

    Wow, I’m really surprised that plumbing apprenticeships are down. I would totally encourage my boys into a trade. There are so few plumbers around here that they deadset make more than lawyers!

    • Encourage your boys to do a trade (if they want to!) Electrical and plumbing are the best. You’d never have to call an electrician or plumber again! 😉

  • I think trades are down across the board with the recent push to ‘keep kids at school’. The fact is, many kids don’t ‘do’ school well. We need more tradies.

    • I agree with this point Jodi. Kids need to be shown there are other options because you’re right, kids don’t do school well. But get them on a construction site and you can see them thrive. x

  • We need plumbers! and sparkies and chippies!! I was talking about this with someone the other day and what our world would be like one day….when we had no trades people!! :O

    • I can’t imagine a world with no tradies in it. If we bring it back to basics, we wouldn’t have the homes we live in or the shopping centres or the workplaces. Having tradies that build, install and maintain are vital for the community. x

  • Why do hot water systems always break in winter and never summer?? Of course ours broke in the middle of winter! Thankfully we haven’t had many issues since then, although we’ve been informed by our body corporate that all the water pipes in the complex need to be replaced. Not looking forward to that {cost wise and the disruption of everything}. #teamIBOT

    • It’s always the way with hot water units! I’m sorry to hear that happen. It’s definitely not convenient! And all the water pipes need to be replaced? Wow that’s a big job, but once done will be much better for the property. x

  • Tash Leviston

    Great article and all so true. We have a maintenance plumbing business and currently have 3 apprentices on our team (all different years) and one school based trainee. They are an important part of our team. Yes, there is a lot of mentoring, guiding and patience involved but so worth it when you watch them reach their full potential as a plumber – ready to take on the world (or a blocked drain on their own)!

    • Tash I just love this about your company – and how you can visualize the future for these plumbers you’re training. The industry would be lost without companies like you taking apprentices on and training them. It is definitely something to be proud of. 🙂