23 February 2011

Tradesmen needed for Ipswich and Goodna flood work

AN ARMY of up and coming tradesmen will boost local flood recovery efforts if enough funding can be secured.

Brandon Wheeler can start a trade
due to an increase in work after the flood.

AN ARMY of up and coming tradesmen will boost local flood recovery efforts if enough funding can be secured.

Labour Solutions Australia accounts manager Joel Gordon said he was trying to secure funding from the Premier's Flood Appeal to pay for tradesmen to start work on flood-devastated homes in Ipswich.

The labour hire company is awaiting the green light from Ipswich City Council and, if it is allowed to go ahead, will concentrate on the worst hit home owners who were not covered by insurance.

"We have a lot of tradesmen on our books who are looking for work," Mr Gordon said.

"What we want to do is work in conjunction with Ipswich City Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council to identify projects and get people on the ground to start fixing homes – using as many local apprentices as we can."

Mr Gordon said the bulk of the project would be covered by public and private funding, with a limited budget needed across affected residences.

"The model I have developed provides an opportunity to achieve this target as well as incorporate local training groups, small business and local tradespeople to get involved and takes some good from what has been a hard few months for a lot of us," he said.

Labour Solutions Australia will visit Ipswich in the near future to call on people to register with the rebuilding effort.

"We are well on the way to doing this – all we need is for Ipswich city Council to embrace the idea," Mr Gordon said.

Apprenticeships Queensland recruitment director Anita Dwyer said the flood disaster could have a silver lining for apprentices, but it would require proper organisation and supervision.

Ms Dwyer said there was plenty of flood recovery work to give apprentices a start, but the biggest hurdle would be finding someone willing to take them on.

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