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Apprenticeship numbers fall as Labor cuts training budget

20 June 2018


Victoria’s training sector is declining under Labor with new data showing apprenticeship commencements dropped by 16.1 per cent between 2016 and 2017.

Victoria saw the biggest decline of any Australian state, according to the report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released this month.

Asked in Parliament today about the slump in the number of apprentice commencements, Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney confessed there has been “a decline in the number of apprentices in Victoria”, blaming it on a national trend “happening across all jurisdictions”.

But Victoria’s plummeting numbers are not part of a nationwide trend.

Rising commencement numbers were recorded between 2016 and 2017 in Queensland (8.5%), ACT (4.6%) and NSW (3.7%).

Despite the drastic decline in Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government has placed caps on providers who are delivering pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships in high needs skill areas.

Comment attributable to Shadow Training, Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Steph Ryan

Young people deserve better than Daniel Andrews’ funding cuts.

Labor has cut the training budget and capped enrolments in key areas of training, stopping young people from getting the skills they need to get a job.

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