The chair of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has today (9 August 2023) announced the resignation of long-term CEO Brett Schimming.

Mr Schimming last week celebrated 14 years as CEO of the not-for-profit that exists to support employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

Chair Michael Kinnane congratulated Mr Schimming on his appointment to the national role of CEO of BuildSkills Australia; the Jobs and Skills Council for the building, construction, property and water industries.

“On behalf of the Board of CSQ, I thank Brett for his 14 years of service leading CSQ through the successful delivery of training and workforce programs to benefit the construction industry across Queensland,” said Mr Kinnane.

“Under his leadership, CSQ has established itself as the state’s leading voice and influence in skilling and workforce development for the construction industry,” he said.

“During this time, CSQ has successfully navigated much change, including a once-in-a-generation mining boom, apartment boom and global pandemic.

“Brett has been at the forefront of exploring innovation including the future of construction, renewables, and cutting-edge training technologies.

“Brett is held in high regard amongst a diverse group of stakeholders spanning employers, government and unions alike.

“I congratulate Brett on his appointment as CEO of the newly-formed building, construction, property and water JSC, BuildSkills; a position that will wield significant influence at the national level.

“Brett has unparalleled experience of the complex VET and training sector having run an RTO, worked closely with the construction industry, and served on the Board of Jobs Queensland and Australian Industry Skills Committee.

“He is a natural appointment to lead the building, construction and property JSC, working closely with employers and unions to address workforce issues in the building, construction and property sectors.”

“I am pleased that Brett has agreed to stay on with CSQ to oversee the launch of the 2023/2024 CSQ Training Plan through August and into early September.

“Following his departure, CSQ Chief Financial Operations Officer Geoff Clare will be appointed to the role of Acting CEO as the Board fills the position permanently,” he concluded.