Sector leaders in the trades industry are growing more and more concerned as the worker shortage continues to bare its teeth. The drive to train apprentices combined with an ageing workforce and disinterested school leavers has put the sector in turmoil. Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says the Government needs to provide more support for employers and make the profession more attractive to school leavers. Reporter Caroline Fleming spoke to sector leaders and the Government to find out what exactly is coming next for the industry.

A perfect storm is brewing in the trades sector as a large pool of