Apprenticeship completions hold up during Covid-19 pandemic

Completion rates for apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2015 have held relatively steady during the global pandemic at 56.8 per cent, down 0.4 per cent from those commencing in 2014.

New data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) also showed stable completion rates in trade occupations at 56.2 per cent, up 0.5 per cent.

In non-trade occupations completions were and 57.7 per cent, down 0.1 per cent.

Completion rates vary considerably by occupation.

For individuals who commenced training in 2015, the completion rate for ICT professionals was 77.8 percent and for food trades workers, 42.6 per cent.

The data tracks apprentice and trainee outcomes recognising it generally takes three to four years to complete a trade and one to two years to complete a non-trade apprenticeship or traineeship.

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