The number of Indigenous apprentices in Queensland’s construction industry has grown by more than 30% over the last decade according to a new report from Construction Skills Queensland.
 
Data from the CSQ 2016 Apprentice Annual shows that in 2006 there were 1,000 Indigenous apprentices undertaking training in the industry. In 2015, this figure rose to 1,310 apprentices in training.
 
During the same period the proportion of indigenous apprentices in the industry has increased from 3.7% to 5%.
 
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the industry deserved praise for supporting the Indigenous workforce.
 
“It is great to see the construction industry is building a diverse and highly skilled workforce,” he said.
 
“Employers across Queensland have implemented a number of programs to help Indigenous persons to find a pathway into the construction industry.
 
“These initiatives have been particularly successful in regional areas where major resource projects have provided opportunities for nearby Indigenous communities.
 
“As the mining boom comes to an end and engineering construction work returns to normal levels, CSQ is working with employers to ensure skills are retained in the industry.”

CSQ is launching a series of new initiatives to help build the capacity of the Western Cape construction workforce.

With a particular focus on providing pathways for the Indigenous population, the strategy is outlined in the CSQ Western Cape Construction Skilling Action Plan.
 
Brisbane resident Ben Morris is one of many young indigenous apprentices making his mark in construction.
 
Ben is in his fourth year of a carpentry apprenticeship and was named the Construction Indigenous Person of the Year Award at the 2015 CSQ Excellence.
 
Having overcome difficult times in his own life, Ben is making it his mission to help others build a brighter future through a trade.
 
“I recently went to the Townsville Detention Centre to be a motivational speaker to young guys there. I turned my life around, and I wanted to show them they can too,” he said.
 
“My apprenticeship has opened many doors. I went to Canada on a work scholarship as an Apprentice Ambassador and it was an amazing learning experience.”
 
Aspiring tradies can find a pathway into the construction industry through Trade Start.  The CSQ program is open to those who have left school and offers a blend of theory and practical experience.
 
After completing Trade Start, participants receive a Certificate 1 in Construction which is the ideal qualification for beginning an apprenticeship. 
 
For more information about careers in construction, contact CSQ on 1800 798 488 or visit
www.csq.org.au.
 
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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
 
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.