Vocational Training in South Australia hits 10-year low

THE number of trainees and apprentices commencing vocational training in South Australia has hit a 10-year low, prompting calls for more investment.

New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research show 3400 people began training in the last December quarter, a figure lower than any quarter since 2003 and half the 6700 from the December quarter of 2011.

The 2500 people who completed their training in the December 2013 quarter was the lowest since 2006.

However, the number of trainees cancelling or withdrawing from their courses was at a decade low in the December quarter, at 1100.

Minister for Education Gago said the NCVER report also had good news for SA, including the highest number of completions on record for a full year in qualifications of Certificate IV or above (3900).

“In 2013 alone, Skills for All funded 134,900 course enrolments — a 60 per cent increase on 2012. South Australia currently leads the nation in course enrolment growth,” she said.

Abstract from Article by Tim Williams, The Advertiser, May 29th

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