STEPPING IN: Tom Quinn Community Centre's Moe Turaga is one of the people looking to help train tradesmen.
STEPPING IN: Tom Quinn Community Centre's Moe Turaga is one of the people looking to help train tradesmen. Max Fleet

Tradies in demand in growth area

TRAINING organisations in Bundaberg are ready to step in to fill the gaps as a new report reveals the skills that will be most in demand.

The report, released this week by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), shows the Wide Bay Burnett will need more structural steel workers, plant operators and concretors by 2022.

Forecasts show a 51% growth in capital expenditure over 10 years. Expenditure will grow from almost $1.4 billion a year in 2012 to almost $2.1 billion a year by 2022.

This is set to inject almost $19 billion into the region over the decade, according to the report.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Wide Bay Burnett now had a comprehensive guide into the skilling demands needed in the region.

"Growth in population and capital expenditure over the next 10 years in Queensland means we will still need building and construction skills, but where and how these tradespeople work will change," Mr Schimming said.

"Our projections show that rising commercial demand will mean that structural steel workers, plant operators and concreters will make up more of the required workforce in the region."

The Salvation Army's Tom Quinn Community Centre manager Tom Osborne said there should be no trouble filling the positions.

He said there was a high number of unemployed people in the region and they just needed to be trained.

"There is no doubt the people are there to be trained," he said.

"It's up to those of us who provide training to make sure we're skilled enough to do it."

Although the State Government has cut funding for several of the centre's programs this year, Mr Osborne was sure they would be able to meet the requirements.

"I imagine is they're going to need training in those areas the funding will be provided," he said.

"If Construction Skills Queensland wants to use local trainers we'll be in there doing our best."


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