The National Centre for Vocational Education Research continues their excellent public research, recently releasing the “Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2015“.
Anyone interested or involved in education and training in Australia should be concerned with some of the trends within this data, given what we know to be occurring within the Australian labour market over the next 18 months. The young and new entrants/ those attempting to re-skill appear particularly vulnerable.
In summary for the past year in Australia.
• Overall commencements decreased by 10.1% from 2014 to 2015, with non-trade commencements down 17.9% and trade commencements up 0.3%.
- 2.3% of Australian workers were employed as an apprentice or trainee as at December 2015, compared with 2.7% in 2014.
- Within the trade occupations, 10.0% of workers were employed as an apprentice or trainee as at December 2015, compared with 10.9% in 2014.
Duration of training
- 40.4% of trade apprentices and trainees completing at certificate III and above in 2015 finished their training in two years or less, compared with 45.7% in 2014.
- 89.5% of non-trade apprentices and trainees completing a certificate III level and above qualification in 2015 finished their training in two years or less, compared with 90.1% in 2014.
Victoria – A little closer to home.
Of note, is the completion and attrition rates for Victoria between 2009 and 2014.
I have provided additional graphs, including a breakdown of all Occupation groups for Victoria, available to clients via your portal.