The Rise report predicts a change in skillsets for tradespeople.
The Rise report predicts a change in skillsets for tradespeople. DAN PELED

Report highlights the changing face of tradies

IF YOU are considering a career in construction, you would do well to familiarise yourself with the content of Construction Skills Queensland's Rise report.

The report provides a snapshot of residential and commercial building and construction industry needs over the next 10 years, combining qualitative and quantitative data to create a skills roadmap for the future.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Rise positions the building and construction industry to have a better trained workforce with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time providing a solid direction for skills supply strategies and a demand-driven training system.

"The report confirms the growth in population and capital expenditure over the next 10 years in every region means we will still need building and construction skills, but where and how these tradespeople work will change. There can no longer be one picture for all of Queensland," Mr Schimming said.

"With commercial investment recovering in some areas, and a growing population poised to drive residential home building in other areas, we will see a shift in the mix of skills needed.

"For example, our projections show that rising commercial demand will mean that in all seven regions structural steel construction workers, plant operators and concreters will make up more of the required workforce.

"We also now know that concreters will alone represent 15.5 per cent of the workforce needed to meet the building requirements of south east Queensland in 2022."

Mr Schimming said any downward shift in demand for specific trades is expected to be very slight overall and, while the mix of skills will change, the total workforce required will grow.

"As the residential and commercial sectors pick up speed, certain trades will become more prevalent within the building and construction workforce of each region.

"The report is good news for current building and construction apprentices and trainees who can be confident their skills will remain in demand," he said.

Findings from the comprehensive Rise report will enable industry workers, employers and government to better respond to building and construction skilling demands from 2012 to 2022.

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