Apprentice and trainee numbers falling

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Statistics released last week reveal that the number of people starting apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia has fallen, with around 8600 fewer people commencing this type of work in September 2015 compared to the same time in 2014.

127,200 people completed their apprentice or trainee training during the 12 months from September 2014 to September 2015, which is a decrease of 21.5 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

Commencement numbers for apprenticeships and traineeships have also fallen across each state and territory, with the largest decrease, 16.5 per cent, taking place in the Northern Territory.

Industry experts have indicated that factors such as a subdued labour market and the uncapping of university places may have contributed to the decline in the numbers of both worker commencement and training.

Others have suggested that changes need to be made to the way money is spent for this kind of work, and funding should be channeled through appropriate industry associations that deal directly with employers of apprentices and trainees.

Recent changes to apprenticeships and skilled trainees have significantly increased costs for employers and created confusion in the industry, with many believing that workers are not receiving enough training.

For businesses, this kind of training can have a negative impact on customer service and retention, since the quality of service provided is secondary.

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