Apprentice and trainee commencements down in June 2019 quarter
The latest release of national apprentice and trainee data show commencements were down 3.3% to 33 295 in the June 2019 quarter, when compared with the same quarter in 2018.
Trade commencements were down 19.7% to 11 980, with the biggest decrease seen in construction trades workers, down 39.8%, when compared with the June quarter 2018.
Non-trade commencements increased by 9.3% to 21 310 over the same period, with the biggest increases seen in carers and aides, up 19.1%, and sales assistants and salespersons, up 16.8%.
There was a modest increase in completions in the June 2019 quarter, up 1.3% when compared with the same quarter last year.
Overall there were 272 920 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 June 2019, down 1.4% from 30 June 2018.
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