Grocon, CSQ and the Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe have today launched an innovative program which will deliver new training opportunities as part of the master planned Parklands Project on the Gold Coast.
The agreement between Australia’s largest privately owned construction company and training and skills industry body CSQ opens the doors for aspiring tradies who are interested in gaining firsthand construction experience working on the mega project.
“The redevelopment of Parklands is one of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast and Grocon has identified this as a chance to provide construction training opportunities for local young people,” said Steve Grimes, Project General Manger of Parklands.
“We anticipate there will be around 1000 construction workers employed on site at the peak of the project, from a broad range of trades and industry roles – from surveyors and steel fixers to carpenters and electricians.”  
“Partnering with construction industry training advocates CSQ we are putting in place several training initiatives to upskill our workers and help provide a pathway for career seekers into the construction industry,” said Mr Grimes.
“We have set up a dedicated training facility here on site, so trainees will feel like they are part of the project, right amongst the action. We are running a 12-week Trade Start program that provides on-the-job work experience and high quality industry training which is being delivered by the Gold Coast School of Construction.”
“By the end of their training program students will have spent four weeks ‘road testing’ different trades. They will leave here with new skills, a Certificate I in Construction and valuable experience on a major construction project. We hope this will open doorways to trade apprenticeships for those who are skilled and committed to a career in the industry.” 
“We will also be appointing a dedicated Workforce Development Coordinator to manage our training and development programs and to support the young people taking part in Trade Start.”
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the Parklands Project provided an excellent platform for attracting and training new people in the Gold Coast’s construction industry.
“CSQ is pleased to support this training initiative with Grocon,” he said.
“It’s a great time for young people on the Gold Coast to consider a career in the building and construction industry. The region is bouncing back from a period of negative growth. Last year construction expenditure increased for the first time since 2010,” said Mr Schimming.
“In addition to the Parklands Project and the Commonwealth Games program of work, there are other developments in the pipeline, like Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino, Stage 2 Gold Coast Light Rail, and the $970m Jewel development. The Queensland Government has also committed $160m for major Gold Coast road infrastructure upgrades.”
“With more than 70 different careers on offer, the building and construction industry is a great option for young people.”
“If you have good literacy and numeracy skills, a good work ethic and the right attitude, then this could be the industry for you” he said.
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