Contract completion and attrition rates are derived by tracking the outcomes of contracts of training over time. However, due to the duration of training, this method requires some years to pass to enable an accurate report on outcomes for the majority of contracts. In this instance, we can report completion and attrition rates for contracts commenced in 2012 for trade occupations and in 2013 for non-trade occupations.
For apprentices and trainees commencing later than 2012 or 2013, we need to estimate completion and attrition rates, given that significant proportions are still undertaking their training. This is achieved by applying a ‘life tables’ methodology to up-to-date cross-tabulations of commencements, completions and cancellations/withdrawals.
Further details on this methodology may be found at Estimating apprentice and trainee completion and attrition rates using a ‘life tables’ approach.
During an apprenticeship or traineeship there may be many reasons for changes in contracts, such as a change in employer, with breaks in the training. Therefore, in addition to reporting on contract outcomes, it is also useful to look at the completion rates of individuals.
Contract completion rates for apprentices and trainees commencing in 2013, the latest year for which final rates are available, were:
‒ 52.7% for all occupations, a decrease from 55.4% for those commencing in 2012.
‒ 47.1% for trades occupations, a decrease from 48.5% for those commencing in 2012.
‒ 57.1% for non-trades occupations, a decrease from 58.8% for those commencing in 2012.
Contract attrition rates within the first 12 months increased from 30.2% for contracts commencing in 2013 to 33.0% for contracts commencing in 2014.