Training satisfaction increases over past decade

Media release

25 June 2020

The proportion of trade apprentices and trainees satisfied with their training has increased since 2008, up 6.4 percentage points in 2019 for those who completed training, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report Apprentice and trainee experience and destinations 2008, 2010 and 2019 also shows the proportion of trade non-completers satisfied with their training has increased since 2008, up 6.9 percentage points in 2019.

Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER, said the new report compares satisfaction and training outcomes for apprentices and trainees who completed, cancelled or withdrew from an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2008, 2010, 2019.

“It’s interesting to see that while employment outcomes for trade workers have remained steady since 2008, regardless of whether they completed their training, the proportion satisfied with training has increased noticeably,” Mr Walker said.

“Data are presented in the report for three years, however the analysis is focused on comparing results from 2008 and 2019 as economic conditions were more comparable.

“As the data shows, there are some differences in the 2010 survey results, which is likely to be associated with the post-GFC economic downturn.”

The report presents information collected via surveys in 2008, 2010 and 2019 on reasons for training, employment and further study outcomes, and how satisfied apprentices and trainees were with various aspects of their training.

It shows that the proportion of trade workers satisfied with their off-the-job training has also increased since 2008, up 10.6 percentage points in 2019 for those who completed training.

A higher proportion of non-trade completers were also satisfied with their off-the-job training, up 10.1 percentage points since 2008. Proportions were similar for those who didn’t complete their non-trade training.

The full report and more information about the survey are available on our Portal.

The latest data was collected in mid-2019 as part of the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey.

For more information on apprentice and trainee commencement and completion rates, view the Apprentices and trainees 2019 – December quarter report.

For more general information on VET student outcomes and satisfaction with training, view VET student outcomes 2019.

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About NCVER: we are the principal 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 for Education, Skills and Employment.