Apprentices and trainees 2021: March quarter - Australia

By NCVER Statistical report 19 October 2021 1440-0359

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Note: The COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has created uncertain times for individuals, business and governments, which have affected apprentice and trainee numbers in 2020/21.  Care should be taken when comparing 2020/21 data with data from previous years.

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 are derived from the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection (no. 108, June 2021 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 the delay in time between an event (commencement, completion, etc.) occurring and the reporting of that event to NCVER, NCVER estimates the most recent figures. 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. The final counts are those submitted by jurisdictions. Further details on the methodology can be found in the Estimation of apprentice and trainee statistics technical paper.

More information, including longer term trends, detailed data and explanatory notes, is available from the Apprentices and Trainees Collection page.

The states and territories are diverse in terms of economies, industry and VET policy and this needs to be considered in any detailed analysis.

Highlights

In-training as at 31 March 2021

There were 329 585 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2021, an increase of 20.7% from 31 March 2020.

Quarterly training activity

In the March quarter 2021, compared with the March quarter 2020:
  • commencements increased by 35.4%, to 66 635
  • completions decreased by 9.4%, to 20 010
  • cancellations and withdrawals increased by 5%, to 22 140

Training activity: 12-month ending series

In the 12 months ending 31 March 2021, compared with the 12 months ending 31 March 2020:
  • commencements increased by 28.5%, to 186 745
  • completions decreased by 16.8%, to 73 780
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 12.4%, to 73 255

State and territory data

Select an option below to see data related to a specific state or territory and their comparisons (opens on a new page).

Databuilder

The DataBuilder tool tool allows users to quickly create customised tables using the latest Apprentice and trainee data, filter by a selection of variables and compare training activity over time. Users can view quarterly, year-to-date and rolling 12-month data for commencements, completions, cancellations/withdrawals and in-training.

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