The apprenticeship pathway is under severe threat according to the most recent report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
The numbers participating have significantly reduced and are now the lowest for a decade. The number of apprentices and trainees nationally in training in 2016 was 264.9k and apprentices and trainees as a proportion of total employment has fallen to 2.2 per cent – again, the lowest for a decade.
Commencements have decreased overall by 2.9 per cent and for the trade areas the decrease is 12.4 per cent.
These statistics are a major concern for the state of the Australian skilled workforce and the economy. Concerted action is required by all participating stakeholders to turn these figures around.
Ai Group report: The Future of Australian Apprenticeships (October 2016)
Joint report – Ai Group, ACCI, BCA: Governments need to make 2017 the year of Vocational Education & Training (March 2017)