Apprentice numbers are rising
DATA released yesterday shows Queensland continues to buck national trends with increases in new apprenticeships and traineeships.
Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said apprenticeship rates increased by 4 per cent and traineeships increased by 5 per cent in the 12 months to the end of May 2018.
“Queensland is leading the way. While we are seeing declines in apprenticeship and traineeship commencements nationally, more Queenslanders are recognising the lifelong benefits of learning a trade,” Ms Fentiman said.
The report shows the strongest growth in new apprenticeship wais in engineering – up 22 per cent – and automotive – up 15.1 per cent – and a strong traineeship growth in transport and distribution – up 52.3 per cent – and construction – up 6.2 per cent.
“It’s wonderful to see an increase of more than 35,500 new commencements within 12 months taking the number of apprentices and trainees currently in training in Queensland to more than 63,000,” Ms Fentiman said.
“While today’s data is a promising sign, we know that there is more to be done to encourage even more Queenslanders to choose an apprenticeship or traineeship.”