The Global Apprenticeship Network Australia (GAN) launched the tool, which will be regularly updated to show overall job vacancies at a glance and allow users to look at numbers nationally and state by state or sector.
It’s hoped the index will create awareness around apprenticeships in Australia.
GAN Australia’s executive director, Gary Workman, said they had asked business leaders at their first steering committee meeting last month why fewer youth are taking up apprenticeships.
“Most said more promotion of these vacancies was needed,” he stated.
“By creating our Apprenticeship Vacancy Index, we hope to drive interest for areas where there are skill shortages and jobs.”
The executive director said Australia is experiencing high youth unemployment rates: “We hope by raising the profile of these vacancies, we will not only help to lower youth unemployment but support our youth in finding fulfilling career paths.”
In the first iteration of the index, GAN Australia said most of the recent apprenticeship vacancies over the past five months have been seen across building and construction, automotive, business and IT, hospitality and tourism, and electrical.
“Currently, we see a surge in apprenticeship vacancy advertisements as businesses prepare for 2020,” Mr Workman said.
He also noted the emergence of apprenticeship opportunities in new sectors such as IT.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for young people to investigate future employment prospects while getting paid,” Mr Workman said.