Following a major construction industry forum in Mount Isa in September, CSQ today launched the North West Strategy Construction Skilling Action Plan to address workforce skills development in North West Queensland.

Building on discussions and recommendations from the North West Queensland Regional Skilling Forum, which was hosted by CSQ, the Action Plan will play a significant role in shaping the future of the local construction industry workforce.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the Action Plan would deliver tangible outcomes and assist in monitoring training and skilling needs in the region.

“As a direct result of this new Action Plan, CSQ has committed to co-funding an eligible industry organisation to engage a Workforce Coordinator. This role will focus on Indigenous engagement and will help to develop workforce capability in the North West."

“CSQ will also implement the Future Workforce Program in NWQ to promote the construction industry as a career of first choice and to ensure career seekers are well informed about training and skilling options in the construction industry," he said.

“While these are relatively simple measures, we believe they will have a significant impact on NWQ and will lead to greater industry collaboration, better regional workforce planning, and targeted training and skills development.”

“At the Forum we heard from industry, local business, state and local government and Indigenous Leaders, and our Action Plan focuses on a collaborative approach to achieving long term training and employment outcomes for the region."

“While the Action Plan addresses the needs of the construction industry in the North West region there is a priority focus on the Indigenous population – engagement, skilling and employment. This is important to CSQ with the Indigenous population making up 22.7% of the local population," he said.

“A key success factor will be the ongoing engagement and support from industry. Collectively we are working together to ensure NWQ has the right people, in the right place, at the right time."

“CSQ has delivered this Action Plan to ensure we are all working towards a skilled construction workforce, sustainable employment and greater industry collaboration," said Mr Schimming. 

To monitor progress CSQ will host another NWQ Construction Industry Forum and produce an updated Industry Discussion Paper in 2016.

Download the North West Strategy Construction Skilling Action Plan

Download the Building the Future: A Regional Skilling Strategy (Discussion Paper)