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Shake-up for training sector

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government is pursuing major reforms to the training sector, at a time when national data on traineeships and apprenticeships tells a surprising story for WA.

Retail pay boost riles industry

Industry groups have slammed the Fair Work Commission's ruling that 20-year-old retail workers should be paid adult wage rates, claiming it will destroy young Australians' job prospects.

Industry concern as apprentice numbers drop

A peak industry group says new data showing a drop in apprentice and trainee commencements is cause for concern and reflects continuing employer uncertainty about the state of the economy.

Industry group calls for immigration lift

A peak industry group has called on the federal government to lift Australia's immigration intake by 15 per cent in order to address skills shortages in a number of professions.

ABCC revival closer with new appointments

Industry groups have welcomed the federal government's appointment of the former commissioner and deputy commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission to lead the soon to be revived building industry watchdog.

Industry slams Fair Work amendments

Industry has savaged the federal government’s planned changes to the Fair Work Act, telling a Senate inquiry the “backwards” legislation will hurt business, limit productivity and hand more power to u