Getting It Right – What employees and apprentices say about apprenticeships

Conscious of a strong surge in apprentice intake during 2003 and more particularly 2004, Australian Industry Group Dusseldorp Skills Forum and Group Training Australia jointly commissioned Dr Phil Toner at Australian Expert Group in Industry Studies (AEGIS) to go directly to those employers, apprentices and Group Training managers who are driving this wave of trade skill apprenticeships. This primarily involved a detailed survey of 1500 NSW firms that had taken on an apprentice in 2004; a further survey of managers of Group Training Organisations that had experienced a significant rise in apprentice intake in 2004; and focus groups with apprentices that had commenced training in 2004. Dr Toner supplemented these findings with an analysis of long-run trends in apprenticeships derived from National Centre for Vocational Education Research sources.

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October 2005

Author:

  • Phil Toner – Australian Expert Group in Industry Studies, University of Western Sydney