AMCA and Box Hill Institute have partnered to deliver industry specific air-conditioning refrigeration training.


AMCA Industry Partnership

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association of Victoria (AMCA) and Box Hill Institute are proud to launch the Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC). The RCCC delivers best practice industry specific training, education and support for the air-conditioning refrigeration and mechanical
services industry sector.

The RCCC has been established within the new Integrated Technology Hub building, purpose built for the needs of industry, operating with strong industry connections and comprising some of the most modern training and education facilities available in Australia. The key aim is to provide cutting edge training in order to address the skills requirement of industry and present job ready workers trained using the most up-to-date equipment and technology.

AMCA and Box Hill Institute recognise the growing demand for skills in this important industry sector is being driven by:

  • Environmental consideration
  • New technologies in heating and cooling.
  • A convergence in trade skills (across air conditioning and refrigeration;
    plumbing and electro technologies).
  • Trends in building and construction activity.
  • Challenges face the industry and VET sectors when developing the skilled labour needed to meet these industry developments.


Key Employment Features

Broad employment indicators for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics reveal:

  • Nationally there are 22,500 persons in occupations involving refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics and average weekly earnings are $920.
  • Job prospects for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are good, with significant growth in employment expected in the period to 2012/13. There was strong growth in employment in the 5 years to 2010.
    Employees are mainly males and 95% are employed full time.
  • Vacancies tend to arise from employees changing jobs, which accounts for 70% of vacancies; 19% from employees leaving the occupation; and 12% from new jobs created.

The number of persons that need to be trained and the skills that are required by both new entrants and qualified tradespeople is changing.

The strong future demand for skilled employees reflects demand factors. Overlaid on this are labour supply factors; replacement of persons leaving the industry or moving out of trades roles; a need to increase the skills of existing employees to enable them to deal with new and emerging technologies and improving management skills.

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