First Nations peoples embracing apprenticeships: report

23 February, 2024

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples embracing apprenticeship pathways has more than doubled over the past 17 years, according to a new study.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report found that between 2004 and 2021, First Nations trade commencements increased from 2.3% to 5.6%.

The report also found that non-trade commencements among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people rose from 5.2% to 9.5%.

Those more likely to undertake an apprenticeship as opposed to a higher education pathway included men, those who speak English at home, attended a government school, or live in a regional or rural area.

Migrants and first generation Australians were less likely to undertake a trade pathway.

You can read the entire report, entitled ‘The impact of increasing university participation on the characteristics of apprentices’, here.