Apprentice and trainee completion rates decrease

Completion rates for apprentices and trainees who commenced training in 2014 have decreased to 56.7% (down from 59.9% for those commencing in 2013) according to new data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The completion rates for individuals who commenced in trade occupations in 2014 decreased to 54.5% (down 4.7 percentage points from those commencing in 2013) and to 57.7% for non-trade occupations (down 2.0 percentage points).

Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2018 tracks the outcomes of apprentices and trainees from when they started their training, recognising the time it takes to complete an apprenticeship/traineeship.

It includes data for both individuals and contracts, as an individual may complete their training under more than one contract due to a change in employer or a break in their training.

Completion rates vary considerably by occupation. For individuals who commenced in 2014, the completion rate for ICT professionals was 94.7% and for food trades workers 41.2%.

Australian VET statistics: Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2018 is now available from:

For more in-depth information on apprentices and trainees, visit the National Apprentices and Trainees Collection on NCVER's Portal.

The 2019 Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey, last conducted in 2010, is currently underway.

The survey collects information on employment outcomes, reasons for non-completion, satisfaction with training, further study destinations, and on-the-job experiences of apprentices and trainees who completed or left their training in 2018.

A report on the results of this survey will be available on in late 2019.


As published by NCVER, 25 July 2019