Apprentices and trainees 2020: December quarter - Australia

By NCVER Statistical report 1 July 2021 1440-0359

About

Note that the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has created uncertain times for individuals, businesses and governments. Governments have also implemented various stimulus packages for eligible employees, apprentices and trainees. Care should be taken when comparing 2020 data with data from previous years.

This infographic provides a snapshot of apprenticeships and traineeships across Australia. It presents statistics on commencements, completions, cancellations and withdrawals and those currently in training. Unless stated otherwise, data are derived from the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection (no. 107, March 2021 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.

More information, including longer term trends, detailed data and explanatory notes, is available from the Apprentices and Trainees Collection page.

The states and territories are diverse in terms of economies, industry and VET policy and this needs to be considered in any detailed analysis.

Highlights

In-training as at 31 December 2020

There were 297 920 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2020, an increase of 13.9% from 31 December 2019.

Quarterly training activity

In the December quarter 2020, compared with the December quarter 2019:
  • commencements increased by 141.5%, to 69 320
  • completions decreased by 15.7%, to 22 255
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 4.5%, to 19 140

Training activity: 12-month ending series

In the 12 months ending 31 December 2020, compared with the 12 months ending 31 December 2019:
  • commencements increased by 10.6%, to 167 240
  • completions decreased by 14.9%, to 75 815
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 14.9%, to 71 710

State and territory data

Select an option below to see data related to a specific state or territory and their comparisons (opens on a new page).

Databuilder

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 and annual data for commencements, completions, cancellations/withdrawals and in-training.

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