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