VET attrition: set to stay

Here’s an issue that should come up at the Jobs and Skill summit – the waste of time and money for all concerned when people don’t complete apprentice and traineeships

The estimable National Centre for Vocational Education Research reports 55 per cent of  apprentices and trainees who started in 2017 completed. The figures for individuals are in-line with previous years.

The completion range by occupation group ranges from 43 per cent for food trades to 64 per cent for engineering, ICT and science techs.

The NCVER projects similar rates for December 2021 starts.

There are all sorts of reasons people give study away, many that providers can’t do anything about – but a ten per cent completion lift across the system would make for a huge economy improvement.