Supporting a Regional Workforce through Project Engagement and CSQ Partnership

Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs for the CQ Region

Whilst only in its infancy, the Capricorn Enterprise – Construction Skills Qld Partnership (Industry Skills Coordination Program) is positively advancing strategies to maximise local Industry participation and Workforce engagement across seven large infrastructure projects.

By virtue of the April 2019 partnership, Capricorn Enterprise in association with CSQ are working closely with Managing Contractors of projects valued at in excess of $3.7Billion  – supporting not only local Industry participation – but importantly to support the advancement of a workforce required to complete these projects over the ensuing four to six years.  

Addressing the Construction Skills Qld (CSQ) Board Meeting in Rockhampton on Monday – Capricorn Enterprise Regional Economic Development Manager, Neil Lethlean, indicated that by working positively and collaboratively across all sectors, the Capricornia Region was in a prime position to benefit economically and socially.  

CSQ Regional Insights Briefing: At Tuesday morning’s CSQ Regional Insights briefing attended by a representative group from Government and the local business sector, CEO Brett Schimming reiterated CSQ’s total support to the recruitment and advancement of new workers (including Apprentices and Trainees) plus the upskilling of workers across the region to support the workforce requirements to undertake all local projects.  

Based on CSQ research the outlook for both residential and commercial development will be “flat line”; predictions for civil construction will “ramp up” over the ensuing five years extending great opportunities for Industry across the broader region.

CSQ’s Acting Director of Industry Engagement, Sean Cummiskey,  provided an attentive  audience with a comprehensive overview of regional construction activity and projections – updated labour force requirements and importantly updated financial assistance for industry to advance overall skills and training.

CSQ 2019 Industry Insights forecasts for Central Queensland region (In brief):

  • Committed major projects = $3.7 Billion;
  • Planned major projects = $16.4 Billion;
  • Forecast annual growth = 6%;
  • Construction workers employed in region = 10,500;
  • Apprentices engaged in Construction Industry = 564;
  • Labour force required each month to undertake projects 3,806 (committed)/12,986 (planned).

Note: Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry, with independent research indicating that Central Queensland is entering a hiatus period with in excess of $3.7 billion of infrastructure projects underway involving the general construction industry.

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