Decrease in trade apprenticeships
number of people beginning a trade apprenticeship in the first three months of the year has decreased compared with the previous three quarters which had record starts, new research shows.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research data shows 23,200 workers started a trade apprenticeship in the March quarter, 1600 workers fewer than the previous quarter but 200 more staff than the same quarter in 2010.
The number of non-trade traineeship commencements also slowed to 54,300 new trainees in the March quarter, compared with 57,000 trainees in the previous quarter and 51,700 in the same quarter last year.
It was the first decrease after seven consecutive quarters of growth.