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03Feb94 UK: FUNDS FALL DEEPENS TRAINING CRISIS - CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

The deepening crisis surrounding training emerged last week as the Construction Industry Training Board revealed losses of almost £10 million last year, compared with a loss for the previous year of just £670,000.The board's report for 1992/93, issued last week, blamed closures of firms because of the recession for the jump in losses.More than 9,000 firms on the CITB register collapsed. But 8,800 new firms were registered.Income from construction firms paying the CITB levy fell over the year from £62.8 million to £54 million as the number of firms in business and eligible to pay the levy fell by almost 2,000 to 26,529.Grants, mainly from the European Social Fund, fell from £2.1 million to £1.6 million. Youth training scheme funding also fell.Of 6,337 YTS trainees who were on two-year courses in 1992/93, only 2,875 were employed, reflecting employers' unwillingness to take on trainees while workload was slumping. CONSTRUCTION NEWS