Queensland's hot spots for employment growth

A RUSH of people into the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Toowoomba will deliver a spike in construction jobs for the three "Brisbane hinterland" regions according to a new report.

The areas are among the five best for employment growth in Queensland over the coming five years, with Mackay and Fitzroy - that is, Gladstone and Rockhampton - topping the list thanks to a still-growing resources sector.

The Deloitte Access Economics report was on Monday delivered to the Queensland Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek for consideration.

It details what skills are required as industries and regions grow or wither between now and 2019.

By then, an extra 37,000 people will be needed to keep up with the state's building industry.

According to the Annual Skills Priority Report, as mining construction winds down, "major population centres in the south east of the state are projected to see significant growth in their construction workforces".

Construction Skills Queensland predicts machine operators, electricians, plumbers, boilermakers, crane operators and tilers will be in strong demand.

CSQ is pushing for these skills to be a focus of training organisations including TAFEs across the state.

Minister Langbroek will respond to the report before July 1.


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