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Affordable housing construction an opportunity for apprentices

Affordable housing construction an opportunity for apprentices

A new apartment block in Brisbane will contribute to future demand for skilled workers.

At the same time, private property developments have been continuing at a strong pace across Queensland. A number of new apartment developments are currently planned for Brisbane, with these likely to contribute to the ongoing employment opportunities.

However, it isn’t just private investors who are driving new growth in the housing sector, with the state government recently unveiling plans for a $13 million affordable housing development project. The apartment block will be managed by the Brisbane Housing Company, a non-profit organisation that develops mixed housing and commercial developments.

This new project is planned for Lutwyche Road, on 4,370 square metres of land already owned by the state government. The apartment block is scheduled for completion in 2016 and will consist of 60 new properties, along with a range of retail operations.

The site will also play host to an office of multiple sclerosis (MS) Queensland, which will provide assistance for residents and those in surrounding suburbs who are living with MS.

This parcel of land is one of a number that make up the Queensland’s Government Land for Accommodation and Support Services program, which is freeing up unused state land for use by non-profit organisations. Applications for this opportunity closed earlier this year, with projects like this one moving forward across the state.

Another parcel of land was allocated last year in Woolwin. The 2,429 square metre site will be redeveloped in order to offer permanent housing for young people who require round-the-clock care.

Land redevelopment creates employment for apprentices

For those seeking an apprenticeship in Brisbane, these projects are likely to unlock new employment potential. Given the size of this work, there will be demand for a range of different skills in order to achieve a strong outcome for residents.

Specialised skills that are required for construction projects, like plumbing and electrical work, will require a highly trained workforce in order to be completed on time and on budget.

As further projects are announced for unused parcels of government land across the state, there are going to be plenty of new employment opportunities. Apprentices and qualified tradespeople are likely to see plenty of demand from the redevelopment of these public spaces, on top of renewed construction in the private sector.

By Leanne de Toerkenczy, Public Relations Coordinator

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