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Is WA heading for a skills shortage?

Is WA heading for a skills shortage?

There are fears of a future skills shortage after the total number of local apprentices and trainees fell 10 per cent in the year to March — or about 4000 people.

The total number declined from 39,629 at March 31 last year to 35,631 12 months later, according to figures from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

A spokeswoman for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA claimed the drop was because of several factors including high training costs, weaker economic conditions and the transitioning resources economy. MORE

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