Funding will be delivered through a Training Plan. Image – Canva
  • $26M has been allocated to help support skills training in SA construction
  • Construction Industry Training Board has designed a Training Plan to deliver the funding
  • Funding is to to be delivered over the next 12 months

South Australia’s construction industry has been allocated a record $26 million to be delivered through an Annual Training Plan.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have designed the Training Plan as a pathway for post-pandemic success.  The plan aims to attract, train and retain skilled construction workers.

CITB chief executive Andrew Fullgrabe believes the construction sector greatly advances the South Australian economy.

“The CITB and its plan plays a vital role; from attracting young people into careers through school-based apprenticeships with clear industry pathways, to helping workers take the next step in their careers, and backing businesses to grow and thrive,” said Mr Fullgrabe.

“The Annual Training Plan strengthens the construction and building industry and the South Australian economy.

Andrew Fullgrabe, CITB chief executive

The funding will be distributed through three programs.

The ‘Apprentice Support’ program has been allocated $19.4 million to provide funding for employers to take on apprentices.

A ‘Construction Skills Training’ program has been designated $5.6m to subsidise short courses, while a school-based program called ‘doorways2construction’ has been allocated just over $1 million.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the construction industry is a key reason for South Australia currently experiencing its lowest unemployment in nine years.

“The construction industry is hungry for additional apprentices to help deliver the huge amount of work on its books, making the CITB’s record investment in building trades skills a timely investment in South Australia’s future,” said Mr Pisoni.

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