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The Minister for Education says small businesses need to do more to alleviate Western Australia's skills shortage.

Mark McGowan says while the number of apprentices being employed has increased almost 90 per cent in the last six years, the number of businesses employing them has not kept pace.

Mr McGowan says that means there is the capacity to train more people.

"Well in a state like WA we need more people undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships because they are the skilled tradespeople of the future," he said.

"I think we need to do more and that's why we're encouraging more employers to take up these opportunities."

The State Education Minister has rejected the notion that small businesses being urged train more apprentices are not equipped to give them the skills they need.

Mark McGowan says while the number of apprentices has almost doubled in the last five years, the number of businesses employing them has not kept pace.

Mr McGowan says there are safeguards to ensure that new apprentices get the proper training and does not believe apprentices will be exploited.

"I don't think so this is closely monitored and we have processes in place to resolve these difficulties and staff skilled in resolving these difficulties, but the real question for the WA economy is that we need more people who are skilled up and this is helping us do that."

 
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