The Strategic Investment Fund is providing Queensland construction tradespeople with new incentives.
The Strategic Investment Fund is providing Queensland construction tradespeople with new incentives. Kevin Farmer

Upskilling in construction

THE recent release of an innovative and highly valued initiative of the State Government, through the Strategic Investment Fund, provides Queensland construction tradespeople with new incentives.

For Queensland tradespeople, the past few years have been, in many cases, a highly testing period, with varying economic pressures and the relocation of many trade-related positions.

Changing market demands have seen a rapid increase in roles for individuals who are both experienced in their trade, and qualified in project management.

In the 2010-11 Federal Government Skills Shortage List, construction project managing is an area facing national shortages, and in Queensland key strategies to meet these shortages are outlined in the Queensland Skills Plan 2008.

To assist the workforce in meeting these demands, a tailored project has been developed to provide 200 subsidised training places for construction tradespeople to undertake a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Project Management (BSB41507).

This project is being implemented as part of the Skills Queensland Strategic Investment Fund, and is specifically designed to provide construction tradespeople with the opportunity to access training to enhance both employment options and improve existing management practices.

The training will be available through a number of platforms, including regional and metropolitan three-day workshops, online training and correspondence study.

It is anticipated the development of the project management knowledge base and practices of participants will be significant, with a focus on a number of essential fields including time, financial, quality, human resource, communications, risk and procurement management.

Three-day workshops are presently scheduled to commence across Queensland, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Cairns, Ipswich, Mackay, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, and Logan.

Registered training organisation, DevelopMental Pty Ltd will be implementing and managing all of the training programs for participants, and Gretchen Operations is operating in a role which supports trade-based organisations across Queensland.

This is an exciting opportunity for rarely available funding to be provided to self-employed and general construction tradespeople, and it is anticipated that the limited number of places in the workshop will fill quickly.

To find out more about the construction industry training program phone 1300 529 889, go to or email your questions to