CSQ's Five-Step Plan to Boost Industry Training

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), November 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

CSQ's Five-Step Plan to Boost Industry Training


CONSTRUCTION Skills Queensland's latest plan of attack on training has outlined five key areas: attract, train, retain, develop and grow.

CSQ develops a plan each year which outlines how it will address the industry's biggest training issues.

CEO Brett Schimming said the 2010-11 plan would help ensure the industry had the right balance of skills for the future.

"In the period leading into the new financial year, Construction Skills Queensland examined the challenges facing different sectors of the industry and developed our key training priorities.

"In the previous 12 months we invested significant resources into assisting the industry retain apprentices in difficult economic conditions.

"In the year ahead we will continue to retain existing workers, however we will also focus on attracting new workers to the industry and upskilling our workforce to meet future skills challenges."

CSQ's strategy for attracting new workers to the industry begins with the Doorways 2 Construction (D2C) and Doorways to Civil Construction (D2CC) school-based programs.

These programs, which have been running for three years, give students on-the-job experience that counts towards a formal qualification.

When these students leave school, CSQ gives a financial incentive to organisations that employ them as apprentices or trainees.

There is also the Trade Start General Construction and Trade Start Civil Construction scheme, which are non-school based programs that offer the training and on-the-job experience. …

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