This publication provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. It presents statistics on contract commencements, completions, cancellations and withdrawals as well as contracts currently in training. Unless stated otherwise, data are derived from the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection (no. 117, September 2023 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.
- The COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has created uncertain times for individuals, business and governments, which have affected apprentice and trainee numbers. Care should be taken when comparing 2023 data with data from 2020 to 2022.
- In-training figures represent the number of apprenticeship and traineeship training contracts where the apprentice or trainee is actively training under the terms of their contract, and who have not completed, cancelled or withdrawn from their training, or had their training contract expired without meeting all of the prescribed requirements of their program. The figure reflects the number of active contracts at a given point in time (at the end of the quarter), and therefore in-training figures cannot be cumulated over time. For this reason, quarterly comparisons are equivalent to 12-months ending comparisons, as they both represent the changes as at 30 June from one year to the next.
10 year time series
The time series chart allows users to interact with apprentice and trainee data over a 10 year period and helps to visually interpret trends evident across various contract statuses.
The DataBuilder 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.
Note that the percentages presented in this product are reported to one decimal place. All other numbers, after aggregation, have been rounded to the nearest five. Rounding can lead to instances where the numbers in the body of a given table might not add to the rounded totals.
Unknown data have not been reported in any tables, whereas the total includes all contracts, including those with unknown status. Hence, some figures in the tables may not sum to the total.
As the vocations approved to be under an apprenticeship or traineeship training contract are not consistent across all jurisdictions, NCVER has adopted a Trade/Non-trade categorisation for the purpose of the National Apprentices and Trainees Collection with 'Trades' classified as all occupations listed under ANZSCO major group '3-Technicians and Trades Workers' and 'Non-trades' classified as all other major occupations groups 1-2 and 4-8 (Occupations are classified using the ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2022 Australian Update). ANZSCO has been back-cast by NCVER to 1994 for reporting purposes. For further information on the methodology, see https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/publications/all-publications/anzsco-imputation-in-the-national-apprentice-and-trainee-collection.
In September 2016, NCVER implemented a number of collection and system changes and as such some activity may differ to that reported in previous publications. These changes included implementation of release 7.0 of the AVETMIS Standard for apprentices and trainees, and migration of the historical data collections to a new database.
For more detailed information refer to the 'Apprentices and trainees 2023 June quarter: DataBuilder' available at https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/data/databuilder. The DataBuilder 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 and annual data for commencements, completions, cancellations/ withdrawals and in-training.
This infographic is drawn from Australian vocational education and training statistics: apprentices and trainees 2023 — June quarter, NCVER, Adelaide.
SOURCE: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), National Apprentice and Trainee collection no. 117, September 2023 estimates, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Labour force, Australia, detailed, May 2023 (as at September 2023), cat. no. 6291.0.55.001.
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