Marie Keating (left), the CTC Apprentices CEO, said the huge amount of damage left by the cyclone had created an opportunity for employers to take on apprentices and trainees to help with the workload.
Marie Keating (left), the CTC Apprentices CEO, said the huge amount of damage left by the cyclone had created an opportunity for employers to take on apprentices and trainees to help with the workload. Mark Chapman

Time for trainee tradies to hit tools to repair damage

THE staff at CTC Apprentices are expecting to wait six months before they can return to their cyclone-damaged building.

But the long wait isn't because of the extensive damage - it's because there is just so much work for tradespeople to keep up with.

And Marie Keating, the CTC Apprentices CEO, said the huge amount of damage left by the cyclone had created an opportunity for employers to take on apprentices and trainees to help with the workload.

"Across CQ, the number of apprentices and trainees has been declining," she said.

"This is a good opportunity for people to put them on.

"Local people certainly don't have the staff to keep up with the sudden demand."

The mining downturn and a flattening economy saw the number of apprentices and trainees being taken on drop, but Ms Keating said times were now improving.

In the past two weeks, CTC Apprentices has seen the number of applicants seeking apprentices double.

Trainees in the construction industry, particularly carpenters, were particularly in demand.

"Some of this work could take a couple of years to be completed," Ms Keating said.

"Even at this stage there are people flat out doing repairs… a lot of builders out there are busy just doing quotes.

"I think it'll be good for the local economy."

Employers don't have to commit to a full year with an apprentice.

Ms Keating said apprentices could be rotated through a number of employers to suit their needs, which also helped apprentices pick up extra skills at different workplaces.

CTC Apprentices will move to 35 Fitzroy St while their Armstrong St building undergoes repairs.



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