Ok - managed to pin down science college director :)
Apparently current funding does allow for training but it has to be fairly specific to the status of the college.
Although not impossible it would be difficult to justify it for ICT technicians.
I suppose it would all depend on what sort of College status you have and how it impacts on the ICT technicians role as to how you could justify expenditure for training.
On a good note - he did say to me that if I could put a strong case up he would consider it for the future :)
But it would be nice if it came from the SST directly as a policy for certain environments or situations :)