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Regional Development Australia

Apprentices and trainees

03 August 2018

Speaking on the recent release of the National Centre for Vocational Education's Australian Jobs 2018 report, Megan Dixon, Director of Regional Development at Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana, has pointed out that there is a “genuine generation gap” with regard to attitudes towards apprenticeships and traineeships.

“Apprenticeships and traineeships are offered in every industry. Construction provides the largest number of jobs, with 30% of all apprenticeships undertaken in this area,” Mrs Dixon said.

“By occupation, 63% of all apprentices and trainees are employed as technicians and trade workers, followed by community and personal service workers at 12%.”

Mrs Dixon said it was important to note that in 2017, 81% of apprentices were employed within six months of graduation, compared to 77% of VET graduates.

“The research showed that there is a broad range of opportunities, but most applicants do not satisfy employer expectations. At the other end of the spectrum, many young people do not seem to have a genuine interest or commitment to the trade, or in becoming an apprentice.”

Mrs Dixon said that was something RDA Orana hoped to rectify in the Orana region.