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460,000 Australians building better futures in training::

A report released today has revealed a record 460,000 apprentices and trainees are in training, showing the Government’s historic investment in skills is paying off.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report revealed the number of people in apprenticeships and traineeships across the country had increased from almost 436,000 in March 2010 to 458,900 in March this year.

Minister for Jobs and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, said there were 5.3 per cent more Australians in training than the same time last year.

“The Gillard Government is taking action to meet our future skills needs through a record investment in skills and training initiatives,” Senator Evans said.

“In the 12 months to 31 March this year, the number of apprenticeships and traineeships completed across the country has risen by 4.8 per cent, up to 169,700.

“The rise in the number of Australians in training reflects the Government’s record investment in skills.”

The NCVER report also found 315,500 people commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship in the last year, an increase of by 11.5 per cent from the year before.

Other findings include

    Across the country, trade commencements increased by 9.2 per cent, and
    A record number of trade apprentices are in training, an increase from 211,000 in March 2010 to 212,500 this year.

Senator Evans said the Government’s $3 billion skills package announced in this year’s budget would deliver another 130,000 high quality training places through direct partnerships with industry.

“The Government’s investment is giving more Australians than ever before the opportunity to get an apprenticeship and the skills they need to get a job,” he said.

“This investment will ensure industry has the skilled workers it needs to grow and prosper.”

Copies of Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees, March quarter 2011 are available online at www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2386.html

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18 Aug 2011.