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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.

    Employers
    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’.

    Apprentices
    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.