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Apprenticeships: Why Should I Do One?

The recently released Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations 2019 survey in by NCVER showed that more than half (56.6%) of respondents took up apprenticeships or traineeships for employment-related reasons. Over a third  of respondents stated that their primary motivation was training-related. These and the other common responses are shown in the graph below.

The good news is that a large majority of those who finished their apprenticeship – almost 88% - were employed after they completed their training. This was even higher for those who finished a trade apprenticeship, with over 91% employed after they completed their training.

However, motivations to pursue an apprenticeship or traineeship differ based on the type of apprenticeship and whether it is in a trade or non-trade area.

In the trades, more than one-third of people surveyed said their primary motivation to undertake a trade was their desire to work in that type of job (38%). The other top reasons included gaining a recognised qualification or certificate (19%). In non-trade occupations, more people did a traineeship or apprenticeship because it was a requirement for their jobs (22.9%).

But some don’t complete the training.

The majority of those who didn’t complete their training in the trade areas stopped because of employment-related reasons – either they didn’t get along with their boss or other people at work, or had lost their job or were made redundant. In the non-trade occupations, the main reasons included changing careers or being offered a better job. But even then, 50% of those who didn’t complete the training were satisfied with the apprenticeship or traineeship.

There are benefits to doing an apprenticeship, even if you don’t complete one.

In fact, the experience seems to not only benefit the ones who’ve completed, but the ones who didn’t complete it as well.

While completers of apprenticeships or traineeships saw benefits in terms of employment,  getting a job or gaining extra skills and knowledge – 38% of non-completers reported gaining in knowledge, experience, and additional skills despite not completing the training. In fact, 43% of non-completers were employed in the same occupation as their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Pre-apprenticeship courses a viable pathway

The survey also showed that pre-apprenticeship courses are increasingly being used as a way to get acquainted with the training. A pre-apprenticeship course is an entry-level training and can provide a pathway into the industry of one’s choice. If you’re unsure of committing to a long apprenticeship or traineeship, this is a perfect way to check your interest. Around 24% of apprentices who completed their training had completed a pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship course, and this was highest in the trades (31%).

Is it worth it?

A majority of the people who completed vocational training, regardless of whether they were employed directly or through a Group Training Organisation reported being satisfied with their apprenticeship or traineeship. A total of 72% would recommend their training provider, and 63% were satisfied with the off-job training that they had received.

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