August 2019

I recently came across some interesting data regarding apprentice and trainee completions. And they were headed in the wrong direction. According to the latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), completion rates for apprentices and trainees have shown a significant fall. The 2018 completion rates for all apprentices and trainees (who commenced training in 2014) fell to 56.7 per cent, down from 59.9 per cent for those commencing in 2013. This information intrigued me, so I dug a little more, specifically around the automotive numbers, and it was interesting to note completion rates for individuals in automotive and engineering trades, who commenced in these trade occupations in 2014, were up 0.3 per cent to 61.3 per cent. It was the only trade area where there was an increase in completions!

I know there are so many variables behind stats but, on the face of it, it was good to see an increase in individuals completing their automotive trades.
On the other side to this was data that showed 30.3 per cent of all apprentices and trainees (not just those in automotive) who commenced their training contract in 2013 cancelled/withdrew within the first year. This, sadly, has always been an issue for individuals entering the trade and sometimes it just comes down to the lack of exposure a person has to the industry before undertaking an apprenticeship. This is where we have been trying to help help through programs such as MTAQ Auto Camp and MTAI Automotive Vocational Preparation programs.

These programs provide an upfront insight into automotive trades and allow individuals to see what it’d be like to work in the industry. Obviously, if they like it, it’s more than likely they will stay on in their apprenticeship through their first year, which is a win for employer and apprentice alike.

From the high-level stats to the people on the ground. The Queensland Training Awards were recently held across Queensland and the MTA Institute was represented well in the regions with Jack Goodrich, Shauna Milne and Symon Meer Axton in the running for Apprentice awards, as well as Terry Palfrey for the VET Trainer award. Whilst we didn’t win, they all represented the MTA Institute to an extremely high standard and it’s congratulations to all for reaching the final stages.

We have our MTA Institute Graduation event coming up on Friday, 23 August at MTA Queensland’s head office at Freeway Office Park, Building 8, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains. Any tradesperson who completed their apprenticeship between January 2019 to June 2019 is absolutely welcome to come to celebrate the completion of their apprenticeship. Make sure to register HERE.