Demand for apprentices in Queensland’s construction industry over the last 10 years has outpaced all states except for Western Australia, according to a report by industry body, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).
The CSQ 2016 Apprentice Annual states that demand for apprentices has increased by more than 54 per cent over the last 10 years and that the industry took on more apprentices in 2015 as a proportion of its workforce than any other major Queensland industry.
The report shows that the largest growth in apprentices has come from heavy and civil construction, with this sector now accounting for four times more apprentices than in 2008. The amount of residential work has also increased and CSQ expects this trend to continue.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said that despite the GFC and a slowdown in the resources sector, demand for apprentices is is consistent and strengthening and that the industry is strong position to meet demand.
“When we experienced a construction boom in the mid 2000’s we were not prepared for the demands on our labour force and the industry experienced a skills shortage,” he said.
“We are now in a much stronger position to respond to a spike in industry activity. The heavy engineering boom years delivered a very capable and experienced pool of tradespeople who stand ready to meet the labour needs of current projects.”
He said this is a credit to the industry which has recognised the importance of attracting new workers and retaining apprentices.”
“Our continued commitment to attracting talented people into the industry – and upskilling them throughout their careers – will ensure Queensland has a pipeline of skilled workers to meet future workforce needs.”