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Construction Skills Queensland announces $50M training boost

In order to build up Queensland’s construction workforce, Construction Skills Queensland has announced a $50 million training fund

With skills shortages continuing to hamper productivity in the construction industry and significant work moving through the pipeline, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has announced a $50 million training plan to increase workforce capacity in the state.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming says Queensland’s construction industry will continue to operate under familiar pressures over the next 12 months as it works to deliver large government projects alongside other streams.

“We are entering a unique cycle for the construction industry where all sectors and regions will be active, and this is going to bring challenges,” he says.

“CSQ is tracking $49 billion of construction that will be underway over the next 12 months and this is shared almost evenly across building and engineering work.

“The page has been turned on the housing boom and we are now in our civil and commercial chapter, but plenty of houses still need to be built because there is still a backlog of work flowing through and because Queensland still has a housing supply issue.

“Looking further down the track there is going to be an unprecedented clustering of major projects – hospitals, roads, renewables and Olympics – all competing for finite human resources.

“If the construction sector has any hope of delivering the huge body of work that is coming, we are going to need a real plan to find skilled workers.”

CSQ is aiming to boost training and upskilling in Queensland to help build up a skillbase as well provide services for the growing call for training.

“CSQ has registered an increase in local training enrolments, and we’ve seen strong growth in employment of construction apprentices,” Schimming says.

“There are currently 26,100 apprentices across Queensland – that’s an 11 per cent increase from last year.

“CSQ-funded training is available for individuals and businesses of all sizes – from small mum and dad trade operators to huge workforces working on major projects.”

For more information on the funding and training offered by CSQ, visit: www.csq.org.au

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