(L-R) Ross Digby, Dean, Holmesglen Faculty of Building and Construction, Alex Hall, President AMCA Victoria, Dr Collette Burke, Victorian Chief Engineer, and Neil Coulson, Victorian Skills Commissioner.
Holmesglen has partnered with the nation’s peak mechanical contracting body and government to open a world-first Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Training Centre of Excellence at Chadstone.
Purpose-built with a view to making Victoria a local and global leader in HVAC and mechanical services training, the Centre will offer the next generation of learners a clearer pathway between their training and careers.
The Centre was developed and funded in partnership with the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) and government support through the Workforce Innovation Training Fund, and is the first of its kind to offer applied learning.
Students will learn in a modern mechanical service laboratory. Futuristic facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM) laboratory and an augmented reality environment, which will keep learners' skills current and equip them for future industry developments. The Centre will also provide an opportunity for teachers to upskill and help attract new teachers to meet the increasing demand for mechanical services training.
Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson, opened the centre and discussed the HVAC Centre of Excellence’s potential for both future learners, industry and Holmesglen.
“Your collaboration will be a powerful force in future-proofing the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry. And it is an example to which other industries can aspire,” he said.
Holmesglen’s Dean of Building, Construction and Engineering, Ross Digby, believes the Centre will provide existing tradespeople and those training to become mechanical services professionals with the best simulation centre in Victoria.
“The industry is rapidly evolving, with new technologies continuing to emerge. This Centre will allow us to stay at our forefront and give our future learners plenty of new training opportunities,” he said.
Industry guests attended the launch, which included representatives from over 80 organisations; many of whom either donated equipment or employ apprentices who will train at the Centre.
You can find out how you can grow your trades career and engage with industry at our HVAC Centre of Excellence page.