A program proposing to relocate trades to Qld would have attracted 12 candidates

Source: Government of Queensland

A Queensland government scheme offering up to 1,000 skilled craftspeople at $1,750 to move to the state is reported to have attracted 12 applications so far, reflecting the extremely tight job market for trades nationwide.

The Mail Mail reports that the state’s Tradies in Paradise program, first unveiled in April, is falling significantly short of its goals.

The program was designed to bolster the state’s commercial workforce after the devastating floods that hit southeast Queensland in March and early April.

Carpenters, electricians and plumbers are among the tradespeople who have been offered a $1,750 moving fee under the scheme, along with building professionals like architects, planners and surveyors.

To qualify for the grant, highway workers are required to complete at least eight weeks of work on flood reconstruction efforts.

The promotional material also highlights the future work pipeline provided by the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane in 2032.

“Applications close at 4 p.m., November 30, 2022, or until 1,000 places have been filled (whichever comes first),” a state government website says.

The program is apparently far from these two endpoints.

Quoting a spokesman for the Department of Jobs, Small Business and Training, the Mail Mail said only 12 people signed up for Tradies in Paradise.

The Department was unable to provide information on the number of trades that actually carried out the move.

While the Queensland Government is reportedly considering its marketing options, factors external to the Tradies in Paradise program may be blamed for the low enrollment numbers.

Skilled tradespeople are among the most in-demand workers in the country, thanks to the surge in construction jobs in the pandemic era and the shortage of migrant workers caused by years of border closures.

At the same time, soaring commodity prices have pushed many automakers to the brink of insolvency and, in some high-profile cases, bankruptcy.

“It’s good to know that we don’t see any signs of a tailspin, but finding the additional materials and trades to complete all this work will be a challenge,” Master Builders Queensland CEO Paul Bidwell said last month.

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