What is the survey?
The Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey collects information on people’s reasons for undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, their employment outcomes, satisfaction with training, and factors associated with completion and non-completion.
The survey is open from Friday 31 May to Friday 13 December 2019. Apprentices and trainees who completed, cancelled or withdrew from an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2018 may have received an invitation to participate in the survey.
Who is doing the survey?
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) - a not-for-profit company owned by the State, Territory and Federal ministers responsible for vocational education and training. NCVER collects information and provides research on vocational education and training in Australia to governments, the training sector, industry and the community.
Australian Government Department of Education and Training - the government department funding the survey. They will use the results to inform and develop policies and initiatives aimed at assisting apprentices, trainees, employers and industry.
Ipsos - a national market and social research company that conducts the survey on NCVER's behalf.
The aim of the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey is to identify the motivations for undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, to identify factors associated with completion and non-completion as well as investigate employment outcomes.
The information will be used by national and state/territory bodies to ensure apprenticeships and traineeships are of a high quality and relevant to Australian workplaces. The survey monitors areas of apprentice and trainee satisfaction with training, including both on-the-job and off-the-job training. The information collected assists in administering, planning, and evaluating the VET system.
Who is included in the survey?
People included in the survey are those who completed, cancelled or withdrew from an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2018.
When is the survey conducted?
The survey cycle begins in March and has three main stages: project preparation, fieldwork, and data analysis and reporting.
Project preparation (March - last Friday in May)
- NCVER randomly selects the sample of apprentices and trainees, stratified by state/territory of residence, occupational code (trade or non-trade) and contract status (completer or non-completer). Contact details of selected apprentices and trainees are then provided directly to the fieldwork contractor by State Training Authorities. At no time do NCVER staff have access to anyone’s contact details.
Fieldwork (Last Friday in May - August)
- A personalised survey invitation is sent at the end of May. The survey invitation includes the apprentice or trainee's training details and instructions on how to complete the survey online. Each invitation contains a unique login code and the hard-copy letter contains a personalised QR code for accessing the online survey.
- Emails and SMS reminders are sent to those apprentices and trainees with a valid email address and/or mobile number who haven’t responded to the survey at various times.
- Telephone interviews are conducted with a selection of those who haven't responded from July.
Data analysis and reporting (September - December)
- After completion of fieldwork, quality checks are conducted, and data are analysed.
What information on apprentice and trainees’ experiences and destinations is available to the general public?
The aggregate results of the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey are presented in the following publications.
- Apprentice and Trainees Experiences and Destinations
The results from the 2019 survey are expected to be published late 2019 on NCVER's portal.
The following supporting/supplementary information (from the 2010 survey) is available on the publication page on NCVER's portal:
- Technical notes
- Terms and definitions
- Data dictionary
All publications and products are available free of charge on NCVER's portal, see https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/collections/apprentice-and-trainee-experience-and-destinations
Requests for more detailed statistical information or further information about the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey can be made to:
(08) 8230 8400
A charge will generally be made by the NCVER for more complex requests for information. See the data access and charging policy.
Additional information is made available to various stakeholders including the Australian Department of Education and Training and the State Training Authorities.
Have there been any previous surveys?
Similar surveys were conducted in 2008 and 2010. These surveys collected information about the destinations of apprentices and trainees approximately nine months after leaving their training. The 2010 survey covered apprentices and trainees who, between April and June 2009, either completed their training (completers), or cancelled or withdrew from an apprenticeship or traineeship and did not return to the same qualification (non-completers). The 2008 survey covered the destinations of apprentices and trainees who left their training between October and December 2007. The focus of the surveys was on the outcomes of apprentices and trainees and their satisfaction with the apprenticeship or traineeship.
The 2019 survey includes apprentices and trainees who completed or cancelled or withdrew from their course in the 2018 calendar year. The survey has also been expanded to ask about the person’s experiences during the duration of their apprenticeship or traineeship. The 2019 survey will aim to interview 12,500 apprentices and trainees, enabling state level reporting, compared to 6,228 in 2010 and 5,319 in 2008, where data was only reported at a national level.
The 2019 survey will interview apprentices and trainees either by Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) or the option for the person to complete the survey online is also available. The previous surveys only allowed for interviews via CATI.
How do I complete the survey?
The survey can be completed online from 31 May 2019 until 13 December 2019. Students included in the 2019 survey will be sent an invitation to complete the survey online from Ipsos, the fieldwork contractor. Refer to your login code provided by Ipsos and go to:
Where can I obtain further information about the survey?
Who can I contact for general information?
For queries about the survey, please contact the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey Helpline on 1800 290 917 (free call within Australia) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I obtain information on the privacy notice and the prize draw terms and conditions?
For further information refer to: