Failing to entice tradies
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