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ANAO report no. 49 201 6–17
1 May 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of Education and Training established the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots program in accordance with the Commonwealth Grants and Rules Guidelines.

Research report

13 Apr 2017

This research summary provides evidence of the changing nature of apprenticeships over a twenty year period (1996—2016), with a focus on a comparison of trade and non-trade apprentices and trainees. There is particular emphasis on measures which have unlocked flexibility in the system — such...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

No young person must be allowed to leave school to nothing - no job, no further training, no hope. The Salvation Army is issuing this challenge to the New Zealand community in a report titled ‘What Next?’, focused on the employment needs of 15 to...

Research report

17 Aug 2016


This paper looks at firms’ motivation for training apprentices in both Australia and Germany. The study explores how these countries compare when dealing with their respective institutional arrangements for apprenticeship training. It then analyses Australian employer's commitment to training based on changes...

Research report

2 Aug 2016

With growing recognition of the extent to which work, mental health and wellbeing intersect, it is important to understand the critical role effective apprenticeship support arrangements play in helping Australia's youth make the transition from school to work. This study considers how pastoral care, mentoring...


2 Aug 2016

Formal mentoring is an important aspect of apprenticeships; however, it is also informal mentoring — practices that are difficult to formally nurture — that plays a significant and effective role in supporting the overall wellbeing of an apprentice. This good practice guide is designed to...

Research report

27 Jul 2016

The aim of this paper is to summarise and provide analyses of the considerable body of research that investigates the costs and benefits of vocational education and training (VET). It does so from three different perspectives; the government, business and the individual.

This paper...

Research report

17 Jun 2016

This report assesses the impact of NCVER's research against two themes: the role of apprenticeships in a modern economy and the nature of vocations and competencies required by industry. Using the framework developed by NCVER, this case study evaluation reveals the extent to which NCVER's...


18 May 2016

Labor has a plan to back TAFE into the future by developing a comprehensive National Priority Plan that defines the unique role of TAFE as our public provider and delivers on this by working with the states and territories to provide ongoing guaranteed TAFE funding....


15 May 2016

A Shorten Labor Government will work with our universities, industry and science agencies to get the incentives right to meet the needs of the future economy.

From skill shortages in key occupations to productivity-driving opportunities in new industries, universities will be encouraged within the...


9 May 2016

The Government is providing an additional $1.2 billion between 2018 and 2020 for schools, contingent upon reform efforts by the States and the non-government schools sector to improve education outcomes.

The Coalition Government is focused not just on more money but on making sure...

Research report

18 Jan 2016

The past two decades have seen some evolution towards a more nationally consistent vocational education and training (VET) system. One of the challenges is to find the right balance between national consistency and appropriate flexibility, to accommodate the regional and local industry requirements and learner...



31 Oct 2015

This is edition 17 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile & Trends 2014: New Zealand's Workplace-based Learners is the third of five new annual reports that, together, constitute the Ministry of Education's annual publication Profile & Trends: New Zealand's Tertiary Education...

Research report

23 Apr 2015

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the (former) Department of Industry’s administration of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Audit objectives, criteria and scope

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of Industry’s administration of the AAIP. To form a conclusion against...

Research report

5 Mar 2015

This paper describes an investigation into apprenticeship-type training programmes offered by tertiary education institutions.


Most people who qualify for a trade do so via the industry training system, in an in-work and off-job training arrangement organised through an industry training organisation...

Research report

13 Nov 2014

Presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the September quarter 2014.

Introduction This publication presents early estimates of apprentice and trainee commencements for the September quarter 2014. Indicative information about this quarter is presented here; the most recent figures are estimated,...

Research report

27 Aug 2014

Introduction: This publication presents estimates of apprentice and trainee activity in Australia for the March quarter 2014. The figures in this publication are derived from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection no.80 (June 2014 estimates).

The most recent figures in this publication are...

Research report

17 Jun 2014

Among those enrolled in apprenticeships and traineeships, Indigenous students are more likely to be participating in courses of study leading to lower qualifications, according to this report.


What we know

Indigenous Australians, particularly females, are more likely than the...

Literature review

12 Jun 2014

Approximately half of all apprenticeship contracts in the trades are not completed. This review draws together existing research and data to find out why apprentices do not complete their training.

Introduction: The aim of this review is to collate the existing research on...

Research report

12 Mar 2014

While more people are undertaking multiple qualifications, leading to an increase in the total qualifications being completed, this audit found that the number of individuals completing apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria has remained stagnant.


Apprenticeships and traineeships combine formal training with...