Apprentice and trainee commencements down in June 2019 quarter

Media release

12 December 2019

The latest release of national apprentice and trainee data show commencements were down 3.3% to 33 295 in the June 2019 quarter, when compared with the same quarter in 2018.

Apprentices and trainees 2019 — June quarter, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity and includes both quarterly and annual figures that can be broken down by state and territory.

Trade commencements were down 19.7% to 11 980, with the biggest decrease seen in construction trades workers, down 39.8%, when compared with the June quarter 2018.

Non-trade commencements increased by 9.3% to 21 310 over the same period, with the biggest increases seen in carers and aides, up 19.1%, and sales assistants and salespersons, up 16.8%.

There was a modest increase in completions in the June 2019 quarter, up 1.3% when compared with the same quarter last year.

Overall there were 272 920 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2019, down 1.4% from 30 June 2018.

A report on the results of the Apprentice and trainee experience and destinations survey will be published later this month, providing information on employment outcomes, reasons for non-completion, and satisfaction with training for apprentices and trainees.

The report Australian VET statistics: Apprentices and trainees 2019 — June quarter is available from

A series of state comparisons are also available with this release, allowing users to compare apprentice and trainee data across states and territories. A data slicer is also available.

The Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963 to 2019 has also been updated.

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About NCVER: we are the main provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy-makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.