Release type: Media Release


Number of Australians in training increases by 33.4 per cent


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

The number of Australians starting apprenticeships and traineeships has increased by 33.4 per cent in the year to September 2010.

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, said data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research provided further evidence of the effectiveness of the Government’s record investment in training.

“There are now a record 448 800 apprentices and trainees in-training and that is great news for the Australian economy,” he said.

“For six successive quarters trade commencements have grown,” he said.

“As our economy strengthens we are seeing more people undertake skills training which will equip them to access new opportunities.”

The seasonally adjusted data shows trades commencements have increased 27.5 per cent between the June quarter 2009 and the September quarter 2010.

“These numbers represent a 5.1 per cent increase in apprentice and trainee activity on the previous year.”

Senator Evans said the Gillard Government’s investment in training had ensured the nation was not hit by the usual dramatic drop in apprenticeship numbers during a downturn.

“Because of our targeted investment in training, we avoided the skills drain and are now training record levels of people to join the labour market,” he said. “The programs the Government put in place to counter the impact of the global financial crisis have worked and these numbers confirm the continued effectiveness of our investment.

“The Australian Government is continuing to invest in skills and training across Australia, to provide the infrastructure and programs that can engage and encourage trainees, and properly prepare them to be the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow.”

Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentice and trainees, September quarter 2010 is available at: