Release type: Media Release


Record investment delivers strong growth in apprenticeship numbers


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

More Australians are taking up apprenticeships and traineeships across the country as a result of the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to skills training.

Minister for Skills, Jobs and Workplace, Senator Chris Evans said figures released by National Centre for Vocational Education Research today show there has been a 6.3 per cent increase in the number of Australians in apprenticeships and traineeships in the year to 31 December 2010.

In the same period, the number of Australians who have commenced a traineeship or apprenticeship has increased by 15.7 per cent to 314 000.

“These figures demonstrate the Government’s record investment in training is continuing to deliver results for thousands of Australians,” Senator Evans said.

“These initiatives will help more Australians get the jobs they deserve while meeting critical skills shortages.

“The Government is focused on providing people with the security and dignity that comes from work.”

The NCVER figures show trade commencements for the 12 months to December 2010 increased by 21.9 per cent.

There was a slight decrease in commencements when comparing the December quarter to the September quarter, however completion rates increased by 20.1 per cent.

“Boosting completion rates is fundamental to ensuring more Australians get the skills they need to take part in the workforce,” Senator Evans said.

“Our economy needs skilled workers and we are determined to invest in a modern, flexible training system.

“Since coming into office, Labor has overseen the creation of more than 750 000 jobs and we expect a further 500 000 new jobs to be created over the next two years.

“The skills package announced in the Budget includes more than $200 million to boost apprentice completion rates by providing mentoring support and enable apprentices to complete their training more quickly.

“These reforms will help create a smarter and faster apprenticeship system to tackle critical skill shortages and maintain Australia’s global competitive edge.”