The Construction Industry Training Board’s Annual Training Plan will proceed, after SA Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister, Tom Kenyon approved a revised plan.
The Minister withheld approval of the original plan, which forced the CITB to cease training operations while the issue was resolved. CITB announced it had stopped funding training on 11 July.
“However, we had a fruitful meeting with the Minister on Friday (13 July) and following further discussions, he has now approved a revised ATP which means we can resume full operations,” CITB Chief Executive, Steve Larkins told the InDaily news service.
“We expect to be able to overcome any backlog in work within a few days.”
The State Opposition says the delay in signing the Annual Training Plan sent "shock waves through the Construction Industry" as employers faced an average extra cost of about $3500 a year per four-year apprenticeship.
Post Trade training to up-skill tradespeople after finishing their apprenticeship was un-funded as was the doorways2construction school program, which introduces around 1000 students to the industry.
Which details of the Plan were revised are not known.
Updated 17 July 2012