Six aspiring entrants to the building and construction industry have secured employment just months after starting a pre-employment program at Townsville’s North Queensland Stadium.

The Pre-Employment Pilot Program was run during August, September and October, providing participants with formal qualifications and hands on experience at the NQ Stadium.

The 10-week program was funded by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), sponsored by WATPAC and coordinated and managed by apprentice and trainee specialists TORGAS to provide a training and employment pathway into jobs on the NQ Stadium project.

Participants were able to gain a Certificate I in Construction and life and green skills training from TAFE Queensland and also to attend work placement with a variety of sub-contractors at the stadium.

The program has delivered great rewards for the group, with a number already securing jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry.

From the 14 who started the program, six have secured employment – four in formal apprenticeships and another two in jobs which could lead to an apprenticeship in the coming months.

CSQ Chief Executive Officer Brett Schimming said the pre-employment program was an example of how CSQ partners with major projects to ensure a skilled workforce is available and of the many subsidised training opportunities in the building and construction industry.

“The construction industry is a great place to build your career with so many options to earn while you learn and develop your skills,” he said

“The participants of this pre-employment program have a real passion for the building and construction industry and are enthusiastic about gaining employment in this field of work.

“Through the program, they have gained formal qualifications and work experience which has already delivered employment opportunities for some of them. It’s fantastic to see their efforts rewarded.

“Anyone thinking about a beginning a career in construction should explore the many training opportunities that are funded by CSQ,” he said.

Latest data show there are about 200 people working on and off site at the North Queensland Stadium, including 31 apprentices. By peak construction early next year, up to 400 people are expected to be working onsite each day.

The CSQ website is a great source of independent advice on options for those considering a career in construction. Visit