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New apprenticeships hit 300,000 for the first time ever.

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New Apprenticeships Hit 300,000 for the First Time Ever K124 7 June 2001 

Latest figures released by the independent National Centre of Vocational Education Research (NCVER) estimate that the number of New Apprentices in training on 31 March, 2001 was 303,390, which represents an 11.2% increase over the previous year. 

'These new numbers again show the dramatic success of the Howard Government’s New Apprenticeships initiative,' said Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp. 

'Apprenticeships were nearly dead when this government took office in 1996. In partnership with industry, we have more than doubled the number of New Apprentices in training since the dark days of 1995 when the workforce contained the lowest proportion of apprentices for three decades. 

'The NCVER recently published results of its research into New Apprenticeships in its report Australian apprenticeships: facts, fiction and future . 

Among its findings were:

7.5% of all teenagers participated in New Apprenticeships in 2000 - up from just 5.7% in 1995. There are similar increases for those young people aged 20-24. 


Almost half of all teenagers in the full time workforce are in a New Apprenticeship. ●

90% of New Apprentices are employed three months after completion of their New Apprenticeship. ●

Over three-quarters of New Apprenticeships are at the highest levels qualifications (Certificate 3 and above).  ●

Australia now rates fourth in the world, just behind Switzerland, Germany and Austria in terms of coverage of the workforce by the apprenticeship system. Australia ranks well ahead of countries like Finland, Norway, France, the United


Kingdom and the United States.

'With new federal funding of $230 million for training made available in the recent Commonwealth Budget, we expect to see growth in New Apprenticeships continue, which will provide further opportunities for the 70% of young Australians who do not go straight from school to university,' said Dr Kemp.

Media contact: Catherine Job (02) 6277 7460 or 0408 648 400


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