• A review is planned for 2024.
    A review is planned for 2024.

New data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that there has been an increase in completions for apprentices and trainees in the 12 months ending June 2023, when compared with the preceding 12-month period.

The Apprentices and trainees 2023 – June quarter report found that completions have increased by 13.6 per cent to 101 580 in the 12 months ending June 2023.

Completions in non-trade occupations increased by 14.7 per cent to 53 445. Trade completions increased by 12.1 per cent to 48 035.

NCVER managing director Simon Walker said the increase in completions for the 12 months ending June 2023 is a result of increases in commencements in recent years.

“The growth in commencements between 2020 and 2022 coincided with the government stimulus measures to support employers engage and retain apprentices and trainees during the COVID pandemic,” he said.

Overall, there were 377 715 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2023, a decrease of 12 per cent from 30 June 2022.

Meanwhile, TAFE Directors Australia has confirmed the federal government is set to embark on a wide-ranging review of the apprenticeship system.

The review will look at structures, policy settings and financial arrangements.

According to the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released by Treasurer Jim Chalmers there are plans for a comprehensive federal inquiry into the apprenticeship system.

The government has committed $5.4 million over two years from 2023–24 to undertake what’s described as a “strategic review of Australian Apprenticeships, including the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System.”

It says the review will be led by an experienced, eminent expert and will examine financial supports for apprentices, program settings, and will entail broad consultation to deepen the government’s understanding of the apprenticeships system.