Victorian apprenticeship numbers fall despite high pay rates

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As seen in Electrical Connection - February 12, 2018

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released data which shows that just over 57,000 people completing apprentices in the state last year. This number is comparable to last centuries figures and is half what it was five years ago.

These figures follow data released in October 2017 by online tradie marketplace, hipages.com.au, which shows that Victorian plumbers were the highest paid tradies in Australia, at an average $95.28 per hour.

Laser Group Management CEO Steve Keil believes that parents and teachers should inform their children and students that qualifications are not limited to University degree and promote the qualification options available through apprenticeships.

“Today’s tradies are more than just the blokes that unblock your toilet or install your light fixtures” says Keil.

“Many go on to run successful businesses and, in some cases, even leave the trade to become leaders in the industry.”