Why Does It Matter?

  • Around half of all trade apprenticeships are not completed, and 60% of apprentices who leave their apprenticeship do so in the first year1
  • Those apprentices who leave early in the apprenticeship most often do so because of problems in the workplace2
  • Having an apprentice leave part way through their apprenticeship is a large cost for an organisation (not only do they not get a return on their original investment, they also have to go through the recruitment process again). It’s also a difficult and disappointing experience for the apprentice.
  • The negative experiences of these apprentices and employers make success less likely in subsequent apprenticeship experiences3.

Research shows that the chances of an apprenticeship lasting the distance can be increased by improving the match between apprentices and their employing organisations and by improving the apprentice’s workplace experience.

This resource contains a wide range of information and tools that can help with improving the match and the workplace experience, as well as helping employers and host employers to fulfil their role in the apprenticeship.

1. Bednarz, A 2014, Understanding the non-completion of apprentices, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide.
2. Karmel, T, Mlotkowski, P 2010 How reasons for not completing apprenticeships and traineeships change with duration, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide.
3. Dickie, M., McDonald, R., and Pedic, F 2011, A Fair Deal – Apprentices and their employers in NSW, Integrated research report, BVET, Sydney

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