The New South Wales Government has published it’s a report into the expections, attitudes and abilities of apprentices and their employers.


The report, titled A fair deal: Apprentices and their employers in NSW, aims at increasing apprenticeship completion rates.


NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli, who launched the A fair deal: Apprentices and their employers in NSW report, said it would inform the Government what it needed to do "to assist all employers to offer the most productive apprenticeship pathway".


When apprentices don't complete their training it costs employers and governments significantly. In 2010 the cost of non-completions in New South Wales was over $180 million, he said.


The report was commissioned by the NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training. Researchers surveyed 1200 apprentices and former apprentices, and 500 employers.


Mr Piccoli said that the current generation of apprentices possess a different skillset than those the previous generation.

"They have higher levels of schooling, more work experience and an expectation of ‘a fair deal' at work," he said.

"This report describes a fair deal as: challenging work, real on-the-job training, good supervision, a good boss, positive workplace communications, and competency-based pay and progression."


The full report can be found here