Apprentice and trainee completions rise

Media release

19 December 2023

New data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that there has been an increase in completions for apprentices and trainees in the 12 months ending June 2023, when compared with the preceding 12-month period.

The Apprentices and trainees 2023 – June quarter report found that completions have increased by 13.6% to 101 580 in the 12 months ending June 2023. Completions in non-trade occupations increased by 14.7% to 53 445. Trade completions increased by 12.1% to 48 035.

Overall occupations with the largest absolute increases were Community and Personal Service Workers (up 2950 or 19.3%) and Sales Workers (up 1655 or 28.0%). The industries that experienced the most notable shifts were Health Care and Social Assistance (up 1705 or 18.3%) and Construction (up 1535 or 7.0%).

NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker said, “The increase in completions for the 12 months ending June 2023 is a result of increases in commencements in recent years. The growth in commencements between 2020 and 2022 coincided with the government stimulus measures to support employers engage and retain apprentices and trainees during the COVID pandemic”.

Overall, there were 377 715 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2023, a decrease of 12.0% from 30 June 2022.


Apprentices and trainees 2023: June quarter provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity, including both quarterly and annual figures that can be broken down by state and territory.

Download the report: Apprentices and trainees 2023: June quarter

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About NCVER: we are the main provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.