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The number of apprentices and trainees has fallen about 30.6 per cent compared with 2015 figures.

Training numbers fall sharply in WA

The number of apprentices and trainees in Western Australia fell by 10.7 per cent last year, adding to a three-year slide, with conditions set to deteriorate further after a fall in commencements, according to data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

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While general business has impacted this in part, it would also come as no surprise to some as government concessions and payroll tax discounts for new employees and concessions have been removed to almost all of these areas. Also, the constant changes to training expectations has meant new course material has had to be written. Training organisations simply cannot keep rewriting new course material, given the costs of doing so and little to no return. It would be interesting to see how many of these training organisations have dropped out of the industry. The government needs to reintroduce these concessions and other incentives for new employment, otherwise it will simply be more of the same. Payroll tax is the largest disincentives to employ a person for median to large business – penalising a business for employing more people is not logical at the best of times. The benefits to the tax office, government and retailers of having someone off welfare and earning and paying income tax far outweigh the 5.5 per cent tax penalty to the state government. Funny thing as well is that the payroll tax isn't limited to just the wages of the staff but their super too. Talk about tax on top of tax on top of a tax. Private businesses need to be incentivised to train and provide new employment; this will start the large gears turning and moving us all forward. Governments generally look to simple answers of increasing taxes or removing incentives, rather than what the real challenge is in increasing government efficiencies and reducing their ongoing running costs. Private business has had to do this aggressively over the last few years out of necessity, while government and pseudo government agencies and departments appear to be just lifting their fees as the general public has no choice of obtaining these services elsewhere.

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