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Skills, building and construction boom in Tasmania

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Building and Construction

The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes the latest building and construction State of the Industry Report which shows how the sector continues to experience boom times, and will be worth around $2.8 billion a year for at least the next two years.

Importantly we also see continued increases in the pipeline of new apprentices, with 900 apprentices commencing in the building and construction industry in 2017-18, up by a massive 39 per cent from the year before.

In addition there were 1,786 apprentices in training in 2017-2018 up 22 per cent from the year before, and up 13 per cent above the ten year average of 1,581.

With major projects around the state expected to commence and continue over the next two years, the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board is collaborating with the Department of Education and TasTAFE to make sure high school students have the chance to make an informed decision about future career paths in the industry.

We know a steady stream of skilled workers is central to Tasmania’s economic growth and social wellbeing. Recent data shows that Tasmania experienced the highest growth rate in the nation for building work done at 27 per cent in trend terms compared to the same period a year earlier. This was significantly higher than the average annual growth across the nation at just 1.3 per cent.

This Government is focused on developing the skills needed now and in the future to support our economy.

The TBCITB State of the Industry report is available here: http://www.tbcitb.com.au/files/download/?id=21935