Apprentices and trainees 2020: March quarter - Australia

By NCVER Statistical report 14 September 2020 1440-0359

About

Note that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy could affect the trends reported, therefore any comparisons of current trends with those of previous periods should be interpreted with caution.

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 is derived using the latest National Apprentice and Trainee Collection no.104, (June 2020 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 lags in processing, the most recent figures are estimated (for training activity from September quarter 2018 to March quarter 2020). 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. Whereas non-estimated data reflects the actual data submitted by each jurisdiction which is also subject to change. Further details on the methodology can be found at Estimation of apprentice and trainee statistics.

More information including longer term trends, detailed data and explanatory notes are available. The states and territories are diverse in terms of economies, industry and VET policy and this need to be considered in any detailed analysis.

Highlights

In-training as at 31 March 2020

There were 272 505 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 March 2020, a decrease of 2.9% from 31 March 2019.

Quarterly training activity

In the March quarter 2020, compared with the March quarter 2019:

  • commencements decreased by 11.0%, to 49 015
  • completions decreased by 1.3%, to 22 195
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 6.1%, to 20 480

Training activity: 12-month ending series

In the 12 months ending 31 March 2020, compared with the 12 months ending 31 March 2019:

  • commencements decreased by 7.7%, to 145 105
  • completions decreased by 0.3%, to 88 685
  • cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 3.1%, to 83 655

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).

Data

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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