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$64 Million Invested in Construction Skills Development

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has released a plan which will see almost $64 million invested in training and skilling initiatives in the building and construction industry throughout Queensland in the next 12 months, the most ever allocated by the industry organisation.

This year’s CSQ Annual Training Plan outlines major investment in construction industry training and skilling initiatives including an extra $8 million to support the delivery of short courses and an additional $4 million to boost skills assessment and gap training incentives.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the industry growth expected over the next five years means it is vital major investment is made in preparing the industry now for future skilling demands.

“Queensland’s building and construction industry is undergoing sizeable change across the residential, commercial and resources sectors, and this requires careful consideration of workforce planning and training,” he said.

“CSQ is investing heavily in industry training and skilling initiatives to help with long term workforce planning.

“More than $15 million has been added to last year’s commitment, making the $64 million investment in industry upskilling and training our largest ever,” he said.

Mr Schimming said the Annual Training Plan invests heavily in upskilling existing workers which will be critical to workforce planning.

Mr Schimming is urging employers and workers to take advantage of training and funding initiatives available from CSQ.

“Preparation needs to start now to ensure Queensland has a skilled workforce capable of meeting the future demands on the industry,” he said.

CSQ’s programs and funding incentives aim to improve career development and increase workforce productivity through skills assessment and gap training, student contribution fee programs, higher level skills training and short courses, all of which have been allocated significant funding in the Annual Training Plan.

The Annual Training Plan launch coincides with National Skills Week, which takes place 27 August to 3 September. The document can be accessed at www.csq.org.au.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Construction Skills Queensland where this media release first appeared.

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