Apprentices and trainees 2017: September quarter - Australia

By NCVER Statistical report 14 March 2018 1440-0359


This infographic provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. It presents statistics on commencements, completions, cancellations and withdrawals and those currently in training. Unless stated otherwise, data is derived using the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection no.94, (December 2017 estimates), which is compiled under the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) for Apprentice and Trainee Collection Specifications, Release 7.0, October 2015.

Due to lags in processing, the most recent figures are estimated (for training activity from December quarter 2015 to September quarter 2017). The estimation method involves weighting recently processed numbers, based on average reporting lags. As estimates are revised for up to seven quarters, figures for the last two years may differ from those published in earlier or in subsequent reports. Further details on the methodology can be found in the technical paper Estimation of apprentice and trainee statistics.

More information including longer term trends, detailed data and explanatory notes are available. The states and territories are diverse in terms of economies, industry and VET policy and this need to be considered in any detailed analysis.


In-training as at 30 September 2017

There were 261 925 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 September 2017, a decrease of 5.6% from 30 September 2016.

Quarterly training activity

In the September quarter 2017, compared with the September quarter 2016:

  • commencements decreased by 1.9%, to 36 790
  • completions increased by 5.6%, to 23 720
  • cancellations and withdrawals increased by 3.1%, to 24 605.

Training activity: 12-month ending series

In the 12 months ending 30 September 2017, compared with the 12 months ending 30 September 2016:

  • commencements decreased by 4.4%, to 162 225
  • completions decreased by 4.6%, to 98 225
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased slightly by 0.7%, to 94 055.

State and territory data

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Apprentices and trainees 2017 – AUS – Sept quarter – infographic
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