The state of WA is facing a skills shortage in the construction industry, following a drop in the number of people starting construction apprenticeships over the 2015-2016 period.
According to the State Government’s Construction Training Fund, there was a 25 per cent decline overall, with concreting apprentices the worst with a fall of 83 per cent. Bricklaying saw a 56 per cent decline in apprenticeship starts over the period.
According to CFMEU State Secretary Mick Buchan, the state had the lowest apprentice rates in the construction trades in the country, after government’s training budget fell by $120 million in the last 3 years.
The federal government recently dropped another $50 million from its training budget.