Providing traineeships in Queensland and other opportunities is essential for keeping the state economy alive, premier Campbell Newman has stated.
In a draft speech seen by The Australian, he noted that mining, construction, agriculture and manufacturing are the cornerstones of the Queensland economy.
He questioned: “Should we move TAFEs more to a university-like model where a board oversees the finances and operations of each institution?
“Or should we look more to the private sector to deliver targeted training courses that boost industry?”
Mr Newman also referred to what he called a “resources slowdown” that will need to be revived sometime in the near future.
Data from the Housing Industry Association recently showed that the construction industry is benefiting in resource-rich areas as demand for properties increases.
Executive director Warwick Temby explained that Toowoomba and Central Queensland are among the best performers, as they have both registered double-digit growth in the home building sector.