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Apprenticeship ‘boom’ reaches 5-year high

08 July 2021 1 minute readShare

Figures released this month have revealed apprentice and trainee starts have seen their highest level in five years.

According to December quarter data, which was released on 1 July, apprenticeship commencements increased by 141.5 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2019. 

The largest trade increase came from the construction industry, with apprenticeship numbers increasing by 4,510. Among non-trade occupations, the largest increase was in clerical and administrative workers with an increase of 8,820.

Both trade and non-trade commencements increased from the December 2019 quarter by 123.5 per cent and 155.3 per cent, respectively. 

In releasing the results, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert said the data represents that the number of apprenticeships are in a “boom” period.

“The significant surge in apprenticeship commencements under the Morrison government contrasts with the experience of previous economic downturns in Australia,” Mr Robert said.

“The National Centre for Vocational Education Research previously found the apprenticeship and traineeship system experienced ‘a considerable shock and sharp decline in commencements during the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009’ as a result of the global financial crisis.”

Mr Robert noted that the figures “cement the fact the Morrison government is securing Australia’s future workforce through supporting a new generation of Australian apprentices”.

“The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy continues to act as a support for Australia’s workforce and is developing Australia’s next generation of tradies,” he said.

“With more people in work than before the pandemic, today’s apprenticeships data is another sign of the fundamental strength of the Australian economy under the Morrison government.

“Our jobs plan, outlined in the federal budget, is straightforward: protect jobs and connect people with jobs today, and skill up our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. It is clear the plan is working.”

Apprenticeship ‘boom’ reaches 5-year high
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