Media Release
Construction Industry Training Board appoints new CEO

10 December 2020

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is pleased to announce Mr Andrew Fullgrabe as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Fullgrabe, a senior executive with extensive experience in defence, training and the housing industry, was appointed following a rigorous process.

His most recent experience spans military roles with the Australian Defence Force and a wide range of industry roles across the defence research and development sector.

He joins CITB after holding the position of Director with the Defence Innovation Partnership.

Mr Fullgrabe is not new to the construction industry; as Training Manager for the Housing Industry Association, he was involved in the creation of the CITB more than 25 years ago and established the Housing Industry Training Scheme.

Presiding member Maree Wauchope said Andrew was chosen after a competitive and extensive selection process.

“In addition to his impressive career in Defence, Andrew has a strong training background and he has worked closely with governments,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to working with Andrew and his appointment marks an important new chapter for the CITB.”

Mr Fullgrabe will commence work in early 2021 and says he is looking forward to supporting the new and invigorated CITB Board.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Board members and our partners to address the pressing skill shortages the construction industry faces,” he said.

“Priorities will be to meet with industry stakeholders and begin developing a new and focused agenda for 2021 to support the construction industry through these challenging times.”

The Construction Industry Training Fund levy is a statutory training levy established under the Construction Training Industry Fund Act 1993.

The revenue generated from the levy is returned to the construction industry’s training providers, employers and workers through a range of grants, subsidies and initiatives.

The grants and subsidies make skills training more affordable and accessible, and help South Australia’s construction industry meet its demand for skilled workers.

Media: Phil Martin, Michels Warren PR on 0418 817 876

Presiding Member appointed
23 July 2020

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announces the appointment of Maree Wauchope as its Presiding Member.

Ms Wauchope succeeds Peter Kennedy, who served as Presiding Member since November 2018, before stepping down from the role in May 2020.

Ms Wauchope, a senior executive with extensive experience on major infrastructure projects, will preside today over the first meeting of a refreshed board. She has been involved in the construction industry for 20 years, both in government helping deliver major projects, and in the private sector managing civil and building works.

The current board includes Sarah Constructions general manager Anthony Carbone, former SA secretary of the CFMEU Aaron Cartledge, commercial development and planning expert Amanda Price-McGregor, Property Council SA executive director Daniel Gannon, Master Builders Association SA chief executive Ian Markos, accountant Nicholas Handley, Curran Risk Management director Patrick Curran, Hickinbotham Design director Ruth Vagnarelli, SA Housing Industry Association regional director Stephen Knight, and Civil Contractors Federation SA director Victoria Griffith.

Ms Wauchope, who in March was recruited as the Barunga West Council’s new chief executive officer, was appointed to lead the CITB following an expression of interest process in April. Her decades of experience in the public and private sectors will bring to CITB a strong focus on good corporate governance. She will help the construction sector navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic. The CITB has allocated a record $15 million to support the training of apprentices and trainees this financial year.

“A priority will be to work with training organisations to ensure the full breadth of construction training, particularly for apprentices and trainees, continues,” Ms Wauchope said. “Government and industry expect the CITB to invest what money it has in the most effective way to ensure the industry receives what it needs right now to recover as quickly as possible.

“We will prioritise funding for immediate skills and training activities, and support for apprentices and trainees. As the construction industry undergoes significant challenges, SA needs the CITB now more than ever.”

Skills Minister David Pisoni said Ms Wauchope will also bring a vital regional focus to the CITB.

“Maree is a passionate regional advocate who has provided representation within the highest levels of government, while her strong skills in stakeholder communication and engagement will assist the CITB’s response to economic challenges facing the construction sector,” Mr Pisoni said.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions for tradespeople and homeowners
31 March 2020

In line with current Federal and State Government announcements about restrictions on non-essential services, homeowners can still hire tradespeople to perform work on their home. During this time, homeowners and tradespeople are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Upon greeting follow the ‘social distancing’ guidelines
  • Avoid handshaking and wave instead
  • Ensure handwashing facilities are available for tradespeople at the start and finish of the job
  • Wear gloves on the job and wash hands regularly
  • Coughs or sneezes should be covered with a tissue and then placed immediately into a bin
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean regularly used tools and surfaces
  • Open windows to ventilate home and work areas
  • Avoid handling cash by making payments via credit card or debit card

Get regular updates about Coronavirus (Covid-19) health alerts on the Australian Government news site.

Registrations open for Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations
March 2020

Training Organisations
CITB's Construction Skills Training (CST) Program offers training subsidies to the SA building and construction workforce and is facilitated by local training organisations who may be accredited or non-accredited. To make an application to be part of the 2020/21 CST Program download the application kit.

Group Training Organisations
CITB provides Apprentice and Trainee Support (ATS) funding for the achievement of high-quality apprentice and trainee training in the SA building and construction industry. Applications for 2020/21 ATS funding are now open to organisations that meet the following:

  • National Standards for Group Training Organisations.
  • Employ more than 50 apprentices and trainees in the SA building and construction industry.
  • Are not a government department or agency.

    To make an application please fill out the funding application form online.

    Executive Changes - CEO Resignation
    28 February 2020

    The Construction Industry Training Board and its Presiding Member, Peter Kennedy, are announcing that our Chief Executive Officer, Marie Paterson, has resigned to move interstate to be closer to family.

    The current Board, which has worked with Ms Paterson in recent months, is grateful for her efforts since 2017, when she joined the CITB from the Civil Contractors Federation.

    The Board acknowledges Ms Paterson’s work in striving to increase female participation in the construction sector, seeking to engage with business and helping industry to deal with digital disruption.

    Ms Paterson was very active in the construction industry during her three-year tenure and sat on several important committees, including as Chair of the Construction Mining and Energy Industry Skills Council and the South Australian Training Awards.

    “During my leadership, the CITB has built its research capability, providing evidence-based outcomes for training skills development, and significantly increased its industry engagement,” Ms Paterson said.

    “I have ensured funding levels for employers of apprentices have been maintained and significantly increased the number of apprentices supported.”

    The current Board wishes Ms Paterson all the best and thanks her for her significant contributions to the industry.

    An interim CEO will be appointed to lead the day-to-day operations of the CITB, while a merit-based recruitment process is undertaken to find the best person to lead the organisation during the next phase of its important work.

    CITB’s mission to facilitate excellence in training, career development and advice to the construction industry and our partners remains our sole focus.

    At a time when the construction industry is undergoing significant challenges, South Australia needs the CITB now more than ever. We look forward to continuing our vital work in the evolving training and construction industries and sharing our success stories.

    Heritage Trades Training in Burra
    February 2020

    Heritage Trades Training is back in 2020 with a painting restoration and management course at Paxton Cottages in Burra. Training will be held from Sunday 22 until Friday 27 March with the team from ABC Training. To find out more visit our Heritage Trades webpage.

    Construction of the 33 cottages commenced in 1849 and was inhabited by mining families, housing up to 161 people. Upon the closure of the mines in 1877 the cottages were auctioned and purchased by Hon. John Lewis who set up a trust to provide low rent housing to Burra residents, earning the name 'Humanity Square' from 1914. Between 1983 and 1988 the cottages underwent restoration works and are currently used for visitor accommodation.

    The complex of thirty-three cottages is listed as a State Heritage Area with the Department for Environment and Water.

    Bushfire Relief Effort
    January 2020

    In support of the South Australian communities affected by recent bushfires we provide the links below to recognised funds should you wish to make a donation.

    The State Emergency Relief Fund

    The Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund

    Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park Fund

    The CFS Foundation

    New time-saving claim service for On-Job Support Funding
    May 2019

    CITB’s new claim lodgement service for On-Job Support Funding makes the process faster and easier for Employers and their Apprentices.

    For employers who currently receive CITB On-Job Support, the new claim service requires you to verify tasks performed by each apprentice while working onsite. The tasks are pre selected according to the type of apprenticeship — for example, carpentry apprentices display a list of core and elective units relevant to the Carpentry qualification. Tasks are easy to verify by clicking ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

    The new claim lodgement service eliminates the requirement for apprentices to report using the My Profiling app. This means that apprentices can cease using the app. Electrical apprentices should still continue reporting with e-Profiling as part of their licensing and RTO requirements.

    As always, your questions can be directed to our Apprenticeship team on 1800 739 839 or email.

    Download the guide How to lodge an on-job claim

    Industry Skills Council
    March 2019

    The SA Industry Skills Council (ISC) with Minister Pisoni and CITB CEO Marie Paterson. Marie is the ISC Chair for the construction, mining and energy sectors. As part of the State Government's Skilling South Australia Initiative, Industry Skills Councils have been established to strengthen industry's voice in skills and workforce deelopment, and to ensure that funding for skills and training is directly aligned to industry prioroties.

    Read more about the Industry Skills Councils.

    Heritage Trades Training for 2019
    February 2019

    The 2019 program for Heritage Trades Training features the following locations:

    • Bimbowrie Conservation Park, The Old Boolcoomatta Shearer's Quarters, Monday 25th - Friday 29th March
    • Burra, Jacka House, Hampton Village - Stage 2, Sunday 6th - Friday 11th April
    • Birdsville, Cordillo Downs Conservation Rescue, Sunday 2nd - Friday 7th June

    Find out more and register your interest.

    CITB Celebrates 25 Years Supporting the SA Construction Industry

    12 October, 2018

    CITB reached a significant milestone in 2018, celebrating 25 years of supporting the SA construction industry. A dinner and awards night was held in October to commemorate the occasion and thank industry for contributing to the success of CITB.