NCVER recently released their training outcomes report. According to the associated press release, the report “shows that 95.6% of apprentices and trainees who completed their training in a trade occupation were employed after training” although percentages were in the low to high 80 percent range for non-trade completers and non-completers. These results were similar to the results for 2022.

Moreover, and according to the full report, “after training, 74.9% of trade completers were employed in the same occupational grouping as their apprenticeship or traineeship, similar to 2022. A further 13.8% were employed in a different occupational grouping to their apprenticeship/traineeship and the training was relevant to their job after training, [again] similar to 2022.”

To put some ‘meat on the bones’ of this, the report showed that:

“Those who completed a trade apprenticeship or traineeship in the following occupations had the highest proportions employed after training in the same occupation as their apprenticeship or traineeship:

  • Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers (84.7%)
  • Construction Trades Workers (84.1%)
  • Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers (79.4%).”

In addition, and according to the NCVER’s press release:

“The majority of trade apprentice and trainee completers (70.3%) stayed with the same employer they had during their apprenticeship or traineeship. Of the trade completers who changed employers, 28.0% cited the main reason was they were offered a better job.”


“Trade completers reported high levels of satisfaction with skills learnt on the job (91.4%) and with off-the-job training overall (86.4%).”

However, for the trade non-completers, “78.4% … were satisfied with the skills learnt on the job” and “67.9% of non-trade non-completers were satisfied with the skills learnt on the job.”

As always, this suggests that the nature and quality of the workplace experience is vital.

The full report can be accessed here. It shows that the main reasons for undertaking such training were that they either “wanted to work in that type of job” (40.3%) or “to gain a recognised qualification or certificate” (27.5%).

Non completion

As we know levels of non-completion tend to be higher than is preferred. Common main reasons for apprentices and trainees in trade occupations not completing their training were:

  • the pay was too low or they were unhappy with working conditions or workplace (23.9%)
  • for personal reasons (19.6%), or
  • they were offered a better job (13.7%).

The Databuilder

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