New Data On Trade Training Outcomes

Date —

30 Jun 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) shows that when reviewing outcomes for trades apprentices and trainees, there has been little changes in key metrics on outcomes and levels of satisfaction in 2008, 2010 and 2019.  It's data that empowers the calls by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) for a greater investment in skills to power the economic recovery.

Key Issues —

This NCVER report provides a summary of the outcomes of apprentices and trainees who completed (completers) or cancelled or withdrew (non-completers) from an apprenticeship or traineeship. And compares data from 2019, 2010 and 2009.

The report contains some significant findings on employment outcomes after training, levels of student satisfaction including relevance of skills to their workplace, the fairness of assessments of skills and knowledge plus the quality of training and equipment.

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Across the three different years assessed in the NCVER report, the main reasons for undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in a trade occupation were consistent, these being: Wanted to work in that type of job; to gain a recognised qualification or certificate; and wanted a job. The main reasons for not completing an apprenticeship or traineeship in a trade occupation varied over time. In 2008 and 2019, the main reason given was didn’t get on with my boss or other people at work. In 2010, lost my job or was made redundant was the main reason, which corresponds with the effects of the global financial crisis and its impact on the economy at the time.

For those who completed their apprenticeship or traineeship in a trade occupation, proportions satisfied with their apprenticeship or traineeship overall, quality of off-the-job training and their employment overall increased between 2008 and 2019.

Key outcomes of the report are contained in the following datasnapshot for the 2019 dataset:

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  • 91.5% of trade completers and 74.1% of trade non-completers were employed after training, similar to 2008.
  • 88.9% of trade completers and 51.9% of trade non-completers were satisfied with their apprenticeship or traineeship overall, both up from 2008.
  • 48.4% of non-trade non-completers were satisfied with their apprenticeship or traineeship overall, similar to 2008.

This data is important to the ITECA membership as it highlights the success of the vocational education and training (VET) sector in delivering the skills required to support economic growth, and also the great contribution of independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

“ITECA is a strong proponent for a greater investment by government in skills, allowing students to undertake vocational training with the provider of their choice, whether this be an independent RTO or a public TAFE college. The NCVER data helps drive ITECA’s advocacy in this area, highlighting the strong levels of satisfaction that exists and where improvements to the VET system can be made,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

The relevance of this NCVER report to ITECA's policy advocacy can be found in the assessment of employment outcomes. The data shows that for trade workers, in 2019 some 91.5% of those that completed their training were employed after training, where as for non-completes the employment rate was only 74.1%. This highlights the benefit of government working with ITECA to ensure that independent RTOs are best able to support students through to completion.

The figures are derived from the Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destination Survey, which was conducted in 2008, 2010 and 2019. For the purposes of the NCVER’s research, an apprentice or trainee is a person who undertakes a contract of training with an employer and a training provider. Information is presented on apprentices’ and trainees’ reasons for training, their employment outcomes, reasons for non-completion, further study outcomes and satisfaction with the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Independent providers support more than 80% of the 4.1 million students in vocational education and training across Australia.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Committee.  ITECA Membership - it's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

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