The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board’s (TBCITB) Training Plan for 2017-18 has allocated $2.4 million for the training of more than 9,800 eligible industry members.

TBCITB chair Tracy Matthews said apprenticeship training was the main priority for the Board.

“The Board’s initiatives will include specific programs that provide incentives to Tasmanian building and construction industry employers taking on apprentices,” she said.

“The Board will be closely monitoring apprentice numbers into the 2018 calendar year to assess the need for further intervention.”

Ms Matthews said the Board would provide funding assistance for training associated with major Tasmanian projects including the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment from across these five program allocations.

“The training and skill needs, as well as the potential for apprentice employment of this major project, will be monitored,” she said.

Ms Matthews said the Training Plan was designed to ensure funding could be made available to meet emerging training requirements identified by employers during the year.

“In addition, the Plan will support the building and construction industry as it faces identified skill demands and retention challenges,” she said.

The Board, which funds training from a levy based on the cost of building and construction work in the state, continues to build on and maintain the number and range of courses as well as the level of industry participation in training.