Fail­ing to en­tice tradies

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SCHOOL leavers are be­ing en­cour­aged to take on ap­pren­tice­ships with the prom­ise they will earn

20 per cent more than their peers who com­plete bach­e­lor de­grees as the lo­cal con­struc­tion in­dus­try fails to en­tice new tradies.

The lat­est fig­ures re­leased this week by Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land show lo­cal ap­pren­tice in­take rates have dropped by 20 per cent de­spite record lev­els of con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity on the Coast.

In­dus­try ex­perts warn there could be trade short­age down the track if the trend con­tin­ued.

Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land spokesman Robert Sobyra said school leavers should feel se­cure in en­ter­ing a con­struc­tion ap­pren­tice­ship.

“Our mod­el­ling shows that, by age 25, those who com­pleted a con­struc­tion ap­pren­tice­ship are 20 per cent more likely to be em­ployed full-time than some­one who com­pleted a Bach­e­lor de­gree, and will earn on av­er­age 20 per cent more,” he said.

“If these ap­pren­tice rates don’t lift in the fore­see­able fu­ture the in­dus­try runs the risk of trade short­ages down the track.”

He said the res­i­den­tial build­ing in­dus­try on the Gold Coast was ex­pected to rise from $2.3 bil­lion a year to $3.3b over the next four years.

“Against this back­drop, it is con­cern­ing to see fewer new con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices en­ter­ing the in­dus­try on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“The in­take rate fell 20 per cent over the year to 2017 from four new ap­pren­tices per hun­dred work­ers to just over three.”

— Kate Paraskevos

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