Modelling the trades: an empirical analysis of trade apprenticeships in Australia, 1967-2006

Apprenticeships Australia

How do apprentice numbers in the trades respond to changes in labour market conditions? This paper finds that some trade apprenticeships are particularly sensitive to labour market conditions; that historical relationships between apprenticeship numbers and the labour market have broken down in the last ten years; and that government initiatives have been unable to counteract completely this trend.

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