Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship pays off

Media release

18 December 2019

Nearly nine in ten (87.7%) apprentices and trainees who complete their training are employed afterwards, with those who secure full-time work earning a median annual income of $59 600, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations 2019 also shows that for those employed full-time after their training, the median annual income of completers was $12,700 more than for non-completers.

“Outcomes for completers in trade occupations are particularly good, with 91.5 percent employed after training and 84.2 percent in full-time work with a median annual income $62 800,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“Completers in non-trade occupations also do well, with 85.0 percent employed after training and 59.9 percent in full-time work earning a median annual income of $54 700.”

The report shows there are a range of reasons why apprentices and trainees don’t complete their training, from realising they don’t like the work to not getting on with the boss or other people in their workplace.

Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations 2019 summarises the responses of over 11 000 apprentices and trainees who completed (completers) or cancelled or withdrew (non-completers) from an apprenticeship or traineeship during 2018.

The data was collected in mid-2019 as part of the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey.

The full report and more information about the survey are available on our Portal.

For more information on apprentice and trainee commencement and completion rates, view the latest Apprentices and Trainees 2019 quarterly report, released in early December.

For more general information on VET student outcomes and satisfaction with training, view VET student outcomes 2019.

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About NCVER: we are the principal 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 for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.