Latest apprentice and trainee completion rates out today

Media release

15 July 2021

Completion rates for apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2016 have decreased slightly according to new data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The latest figures show the:

  • Individual completion rate is 56.1%, down 1.5 percentage points from individuals commencing in 2015
  • Contract completion rate is 48.3%, down 1.4 percentage points from contracts commencing in 2015
  • Completion rate for contracts that commenced in the December quarter 2020 is projected to increase to 50.3%.

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2020 tracks apprentice and trainee outcomes from when they started their training through to December 2020, recognising it generally takes 3 to 4 years to complete a trade and 1 to 2 years to complete a non-trade apprenticeship or traineeship. Where enough time is elapsed, NCVER reports observed actual contract completion rates, while projected contract completion rates for those who started their apprenticeship or traineeship more recently are also included, noting these projections will likely be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data are available for both individuals and contracts, as an individual may complete their training under more than one contract due to a change in employer or a break in their training.

DOWNLOAD: Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2020.

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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 Education, Skills and Employment.