The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the September quarter 2011.


In total there were 461,200 apprentices and trainees in-training as at the end of September 2011, an increase of 3.2% from the previous year.


Comparing apprentice and trainee activity in the year to 30 September 2011 with the year to 30 September 2010:

  • the number of people commencing in trades occupations decreased by 1.0%
  • the number of people commencing in non-trades occupations increased by 7.2%
  • the number of people completing apprenticeships and traineeships increased by 6.1%.


In the shorter-term, seasonally adjusted data show between June quarter 2011 and September quarter 2011:

  • trades commencements increased by 1.5%
  • non-trades commencements decreased slightly.


Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees, September quarter 2011, are available from