Staff behind the teams on the tools now recognised

From October, clerical and administration staff in the building and construction industry will be able to access training course subsidies previously only available to front line tradies, following eligibility changes announced by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).
Staff in these roles will be able to access higher-level vocational training to assist their career development with up to 75% of their training costs subsidised through CSQ.

Eligibility changes to CSQ’s Higher Level Skills (HLS) program will allow administrative and support staff in the industry to undertake Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications to move into higher level and paraprofessional roles.

CSQ Chief Executive Officer Brett Schimming said the subsidy eligibility changes recognised the important contribution made by staff supporting the construction and building industry.

“Previously, workers falling into clerical or administration roles have not been eligible to access CSQ programs,” Mr Schimming said.

“By including these roles, CSQ is able to support a much larger representation of the industry, and recognise the vital part that these roles play in getting projects off the ground,” he said.

Mr Schimming said thousands of small businesses in the building and construction industry were staffed by employees who could benefit from the new training opportunities.

“Small businesses in the building and construction industry are quite often family-run operations with one partner managing the administration of the business while the other is out on site.

“These administration managers may not be the face of the industry but they represent a vital part of the business operation of the industry.

“Subsided training that support staff can now access includes, for example, qualifications in small business, project management and workplace health and safety,” he said.

The CSQ Higher Level Skills program aims to provide higher-level qualifications to workers in the building and construction industry so they can develop and expand their existing skills and experience.
“It provides more workers in the construction industry with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills, provide pathways to further learning, improve business sustainability and open up new opportunities,” Mr Schimming said.

“Construction workers who want to further develop their skills in the industry can access training and assessment in a range of qualifications that are linked to industry demand.

“The program also provides a response to emerging skills and jobs in demand by providing training for those who are currently under-employed or out of work to assist them to move within or re-enter the building and construction industry,” he said.
October marks the start of the training year for CSQ, with many new subsidised training opportunities offered to new entrants and existing workers in the building and construction industry, including various new short courses.