ConstructionQ Forum looks to the future

things will be very different in 20 years

How do we ensure a skilled and professional workforce in Queensland through to 2034?

This was one of the big questions tackled at the ConstructionQ Forum held in Brisbane last week.

The Forum was attended by more than 150 representatives from Queensland’s building and construction industry, to develop an industry plan for the next 20 years.

CSQ CEO, Brett Schimming spoke about the challenges presented by rapidly changing technology, globalisation and changing skills requirements.

“The market will be driven by the need for innovation as consumer needs and demands change, with pre-fabrication, automation and robotics already on our doorstep,” he said.

“Technology is coming to the construction site and it will keep evolving. We need to create a framework so we can anticipate the drivers of change and ensure our workforce remains responsive and resilient.”    

The Forum follows last year’s inaugural event which gathered industry leaders to develop an industry Blueprint for the future. The ConstructionQ Leadership Council (CLC) and Executive Council, of which CSQ is a member, were formed to drive the delivery of a 20 year plan.

The Blueprint sets out three critical threads (named Red Threads):

  • Health and Safety Leadership
  • A Resilient and Innovative Industry delivering value for Queensland
  • A Skilled and Professional Workforce to 2034    

The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Science and Innovation, The Honourable Leeanne Enoch, opened the session by highlighting the critical importance of jobs growth for Queensland’s economy.

Mr Schimming confirmed that training and skills development will still be needed on the road to the future, but “they may look or be acquired differently”.

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