Huge jump in apprentice and trainee commencements

The most recent data on apprentice and trainee training activity shows that commencements for the December quarter 2020 increased by 141.5% compared with the December quarter 2019.

The steep increase coincides with the introduction of the Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy, which reimburses 50 per cent of the wages employers pay a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7000 per quarter.

Both trade and non-trade commencements increased from the December 2019 quarter by 123.5% and 155.3% respectively, and the largest absolute increase among trade occupations was in Construction trade workers with numbers increasing by 4510.

Among non-trade occupations, the largest increase was in Clerical and Administrative Workers with an increase of 8820.

The industries with the largest absolute increases in commencements were Construction, Accommodation, and Manufacturing.

Data is obtained from the Apprentices and trainees 2020 – December quarter released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity.

Read on at NCVER.