Dubbo VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell has said it is important to retain apprentices as thousands of job cuts hit the region due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Maxwell said there's no doubting that the impacts of COVID-19 have reached every industry.
"It is my hope that employers can see the value of retaining their apprentices because we will need a robust and skilled workforce to rebuild our economy. A lack of apprentices today means a lack of skills tomorrow," he said.
"Imagine the impact if we don't have any new or continuing apprentices in 2020. We may not feel it immediately, but you can guarantee it will make critical services harder to come by in the years to come."
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