Queensland Small Business Week will be held from 16 to 21 May and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is taking the opportunity to shine a light on the contribution small businesses are making to the building and construction industry.  
According to the ABS, there are more than 69,924 Queensland construction businesses with less than 20 employees.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said small construction businesses deserved praise for helping to drive economic activity in the region.
“Queensland is home to many small business success stories who not only help to build homes; they also help to build careers,” he said.
“There is a great training culture in the construction industry. Young apprentices are provided with the opportunity to learn from experienced tradies and gain the skills needed to eventually work for themselves.”
ABS data shows the number of private sector housing approvals in Queensland rose from 22,158 in 2014 to 23,046 in 2015.
Mr Schimming said the construction industry was an exciting career path for anyone interested in becoming an entreprenuer.
“With the right training and experience, anyone in the construction industry can start a business,” he said.
“Whether you are interested in plumbing, carpentry, building or more than 70 other trades, there are great opportunites to make your own mark in construction.”
Tradies looking for more information and advice on starting a busines can visit https://www.business.gov.au/info/plan-and-start/start-your-business
For more information about careers in construction visit www.csq.org.au or contact the CSQ team on 1800 798 488.


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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.
For further information about CSQ’s services visit www.csq.org.au or call 1800 798 488.
For more information about careers in construction, contact CSQ on 1800 798 488 or visit