INCREASE: The construction industry is predicted to see escalated demand in future decades.
INCREASE: The construction industry is predicted to see escalated demand in future decades. Brett Wortman

Report indicates strong growth for construction industry

CONSTRUCTION in Queensland and New South Wales will continue to increase in future decades, and so too will associated employment, a new report revealed.

The Construction Skills Queensland 2017 Apprentice Annual Report indicates 6200 construction apprentices will complete their training in 2018.

The report revealed the construction industry takes on more apprentices per worker than any other industry, with 20% of Queenslanders who began an apprenticeship in 2015-16, selecting the construction industry.

Of the 25,000 construction apprentices who started in 2015-16, less than half were the conventional image ofyoung school-leavers, with 53% aged 20 or over when they began their apprenticeship.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said there was no definitive driving factor when it came to what age someone started and completed their apprenticeship.

"Age doesn't matter when it comes to completing an apprenticeship, we've found both older and younger construction apprentices complete at similar rates," he said.

In NSW, the residential housing boom is on the decline, but experts do not believe it will have a major impact on the sector or apprenticeships on offer, rather predicting strong growth across the board.

Commonwealth Bank economist Kristina Clifton said a combination of strong labour market conditions, a pickup in non-residential and infrastructure construction and the potential lift in renovation activity, would help minimise the impact of the unwinding residential construction boom on the broader Australian economy.

Construction work for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has also aided in a boost to employment opportunities in the construction sector in Queensland, with recruitment company Hays suggesting the Games was part of a growth period that would see the construction industry grow by 70,000 people over coming years.

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