Job hunters follow major construction projects south
CENTRAL Queensland's waning major construction projects may drive workers from the region as they head to the state's booming south-east for jobs.
Construction Skills Queensland revealed the trend as it released its Annual Training Plan on Tuesday.
The document delivers strategies to help areas such as Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone adapt to change as their major projects slow down.
About $33.5 million will be spent on programs to help workers adapt to change.
CSQ says south-east Queensland accounts for most of the state's construction work and that an upswing is expected between 2016 and 2018.
The organisation predicts workers will head for the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Brisbane where construction - particularly residential - is booming.
CEO Brett Schimming said regional Queensland was the key to workforce growth.
"We're now focusing on the regions in a much more precise way, with workforce analysis and planning building a clear picture of the occupations that will be strategically important in the future," he said.
"CSQ recognises that workforce trends vary considerably across the state, so we have developed detailed regional plans to help us carefully target our skilling programs and investment."
The state's construction industry fell from 232,700 employees in November, 2013, to 220,900 in February, 2015.
Major projects in the Darling Downs employ 9400 people; Fitzroy projects provide jobs for 13,500 workers; Mackay has 34,800 people employed in the construction sector; 16,300 workers are employed by major projects on the Sunshine Coast; and 7700 people are working on Wide Bay projects.
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WHAT'S IN THE PIPELINE
Darling Downs - Toowoomba
Current construction workers: 9400
Inland Mainline Freight Rail
Arrow Gas and Water Treatment Facilities
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: estimated value $1.6 billion
Nathan Dam and Pipelines: estimated value $1.4 billion
Current construction workers: 13,500
Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $16.5 billion
China Stone Coal: status - EIS stage, estimated value $6.7 billion
Alpha Coal: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6.8 billion
Galilee Coal Project: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6.4 billion
Kevin's Corner Project: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $6 billion
South Galilee Coal: status - approved with conditions, estimated value $4.2 billion
Current construction workers: 34,800
Abbot Point Coal Terminal - Stage 3: status - approved with conditions
Grosvenor Coking Coal Mine: status - construction commenced, estimated value $1.4 billion
Mackay Ring Road - Stage 1: status - design phase, estimated value $565 million
Bruce Highway - Sarina to Cairns
Current construction workers: 16,300
Landsborough to Nambour Rail Upgrade: status - approved with conditions
Bruce Highway - Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway (Stage 2)
Mooloolah River Interchange
Sunshine Coast Plaza Expansion: status - approved, estimated value $350 million
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion: status - EIS stage, $347 million
Current construction workers: 7700
Bruce Highway - Cooroy to Curra (Section C): estimated value $624.3 million