CONSTRUCTION Skills Queensland is putting more than $50 million into training programs to ensure cities like Ipswich are prepared for a forecast resurgence in residential and commercial building activity.
The building industry support organisation has announced its 12-month plan to address what it calls a major shift in demand for trades.
CEO Brett Schimming said Ipswich was set for a significant increase in population, which would necessitate a growth in the number of skilled tradespeople.
"This time we believe the growth is going to be steady and much more manageable than before the global financial crisis," Mr Schimming said.
"This growth will lead to more residential development, commercial buildings and shopping centres."
In total CSQ has announced $52.5 million in training initiatives across the state.
Mr Schimming was in Ipswich last month to help explain how the 2013-14 Annual Training Plan would assist apprentices, workers and employers.
He said it was important to note that as the resource boom tailed off, residential and commercial construction would become the most important source of growth in the industry.
He said the employers would encounter a different range of challenges to those faced during the last building boom.
"Our research has shown that the way we build is evolving and green and sustainable environments are as much about waste management as they are about environmental practice. Materials are also changing, as are the methods of construction themselves," he said.
"Not only are components increasingly produced off site, but entire houses are being prefabricated to support the booming needs of mining and energy project workforce housing."
More than $29.6 million of the funding will be directed to helping workers adapt to industry changes.