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Union given millions to set up training centres

Feb 01, 2017 - Australian Financial Review

A union representing plumbers received millions in government funding to set up two training centres that are now competing with public and private colleges.

The head of the Plumbing Trades Employees Union, Earl Setches, successfully lobbied state and federal Labor governments to support a "Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre" in Victoria, which opened in 2010 to train plumbers.

The training centres, which have campuses in Brunswick, in Melbourne, and the city of the Geelong, are...