The Queensland Government’s cash splash continues as a new training investment package worth $37.6 million is announced.
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) 2019/2020 Annual Training Plan was released last week and will focus on the specific training required for large scale infrastructure projects.
Brett Schimming, CSQ CEO, said that the next twelve months will see the industry pivot to large engineering construction projects. “There will be increased demand for key civil construction trades over the coming year,” he said. “Jobs that will be in hot demand include earthmoving plant operators, paving and surfacing workers, and labourers.”
CSQ believes there will be more training offered in Townsville, Central Queensland, and Far North Queensland due to an expected boost in regional construction. According to Schimming, CSQ’s training plan is tailored to the changing needs of the construction workforce in each region and responds to the influence of major projects in the pipeline.
“Training dollars are available to those looking at entering construction, progressing their career, or upskilling to take advantage of the new opportunities coming through the current industry cycle,” Schimming said.
Shannon Fentiman, Training and Skills Development Minister, said CSQ’s Annual Training Plan offered benefits to anyone with a career in the Queensland construction industry. “We want more young people to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship, and CSQ are providing valuable pathways to a successful and lifelong career in our construction industry.”