A report published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that a record 460,000 apprentices and trainees are currently in training.


The NCVER report revealed the number of people in apprenticeships and traineeships across the country had increased from almost 436,000 in March 2010 to 458,900 in March this year.


The NCVER report also found 315,500 people commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship in the last year, an increase of by 11.5 per cent from the year before.


Other findings include

  • Across the country, trade commencements increased by 9.2 per cent, and
  • A record number of trade apprentices are in training, an increase from 211,000 in March 2010 to 212,500 this year.
  • The number of completions in the 12 months ending 31 March 2011 was 169 700, an increase of 4.8% from one year earlier.
  • The number of cancellations and withdrawals in the 12 months ending 31 March 2011 was 134 400, an increase of 8.7% from one year earlier.

The full report can be found here