Construction Skills Queensland CEO Brett Schimming brought his training roadshow to Ipswich.
Construction Skills Queensland CEO Brett Schimming brought his training roadshow to Ipswich. Sarah Harvey

Building for the future

CONSTRUCTION industry leaders have a plan ready to upskill young people in Ipswich and the western corridor to avoid a shortage of tradespeople as a predicted building boom takes hold.

Industry co-operative Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has set aside $36 million for skilling its future workforce.

CEO Brett Schimming says CSQ would also introduce a three-person dedicated team to cover the region.

He said CSQ was investing in the workforce so tradespeople could take advantage of future growth in the civil, residential and commercial sectors of the building industry.

“We’ve identified in our planning that the industry’s growth warrants dedicated resources,” he said. “We see Ipswich as a major growth area.”

Mr Schimming said the industry was currently in a “stable” position and not yet growing.

“There’s predicted housing growth but that hasn’t yet been realised,” he said.

Graham Birchall, director of Birchall Constructions, has been a builder in Ipswich since 1983.

His company is planning for the future growth by employing apprentices like carpenters and electricians.

“There’s not a shortage of tradespeople because there’s a lull at the moment,” Mr Birchall said.

“I think Ipswich is looking very good. It must be one of the fastest-growing areas in Australia.

“It’s going ahead and has a brilliant future.”

CSQ says the industry has been boosted during Australia’s financial downturn by low interest rates, the First Home Owners Grant and significant public infrastructure spending.

On the other hand, it has been negatively impacted by reduced private investment and credit availability.

CSQ is taking its Training Plan Roadshow around Queensland in the next fortnight to inform workers, employers and training organisations about funding and assistance.

One hundred training places are available in Ipswich for school students out of 1000 around the State.

For details on the CSQ Annual Training Plan 2010/11, visit www.csq.org.au.



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