Leah Green

Gold Coast tradies urged to train to take up $5.5B in upcoming work

Gold Coast construction workers are being urged to take advantage of a $37.6M training package announced today to help deliver $5.5B in construction work over the next 12 months.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) today announced the $37.6M training investment package as part of its 2019-2020 Annual Training Plan, with specific training programs to match forecast industry activity and skilling requirements of major projects.

Speaking at an industry launch on the Coast this morning, CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the Gold Coast has a healthy pipeline of construction activity planned and underway.

“The Gold Coast is projected to deliver an estimated $5.5B in construction activity over the next 12 months, with 200 major construction projects confirmed for delivery over the next 2-3 years, and a further 300 potential projects planned but not yet committed.

“The major project pipeline is valued at between $4 billion (committed) and $14.8 billion (committed + potential) over the coming years.

“With the majority of these projects being residential construction projects, CSQ predicts continued strong demand for a wide range of building trades workers, including carpenters, electricians and plumbers.”

“Large residential projects like the Jewel Surfers Paradise, Gainsborough Greens and the Arundal Springs Masterplan are typical of the kinds of works that will be driving activity.

“Our priority is making sure that these projects have a skilled and available local workforce to match changing project needs at various stages of their delivery and that is where this CSQ training investment comes in.

“It is also an opportunity for local workers to upskill by doing some training to take advantage of the new opportunities coming up in the Gold Coast employment scene,” he said.

The top 5 major construction projects committed or underway in the Gold Coast include:

Jewel Surfers Paradise $1,000,000,000 Underway
Gainsborough Greens $600,000,000 Underway
Gold Coast Airport Southern Terminal $300,000,000 Committed
Arundel Springs – Masterplan $300,000,000 Underway
Home of the Arts (HOTA) Precinct – Masterplan $280,000,000 Underway