Indigenous apprenticeship numbers on the up

The number of Indigenous apprentices in Australia’s construction industry has grown by more than 62.1% over the last decade, according to a new report from Construction Skills Queensland.

Data from the CSQ 2016 Apprentice Annual shows that in 2006 there were 2,480 Indigenous apprentices undertaking training in the industry. In 2015, this figure rose to 4,020 apprentices in training.

During the same period the proportion of indigenous apprentices in the industry has increased from 2.5% to 3.7%.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the industry deserved praise for supporting the Indigenous workforce.

“It is great to see the construction industry is building a diverse and highly skilled workforce,” he said.

“Employers across Australia have implemented a number of programs to help Indigenous persons to find a pathway into the construction industry.

“These initiatives have been particularly successful in regional areas where major resource projects have provided opportunities for nearby Indigenous communities.

“As the mining boom comes to an end and engineering construction work returns to normal levels, CSQ is working with employers to ensure skills are retained in the industry.”

CSQ is launching a series of new initiatives to help build the capacity of the Western Cape construction workforce.

With a particular focus on providing pathways for the Indigenous population, the strategy is outlined in the CSQ Western Cape Construction Skilling Action Plan.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

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