More apprentices start training
- Published on Friday 28 November, 2014
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The number of people starting trade and non-trade apprenticeships and traineeships has increased in September for the first time in over a year. Estimates by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Apprentices and trainees 2014, show trade commencements increased from 20900 in the June 2014 quarter to 21500 in the September 2014 quarter, following three consecutive quarters of decline.
Non-trade commencements also increased from 27400 in the June 2014 quarter to 28800 in the September 2014 quarter.
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said the figures are proof the government’s vocational, education and training reforms are working. He also said that the $1.9 billion Trade Support Loans programme for Australian apprentices is proving popular with the 9,500 young Australians taking up loans since August.