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Apprentices on rise

The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report shows Victoria leading the nation with the highest increase in apprenticeship commencements, doubling to almost 50,000 Victorians in the 12 months to September 2021.

More than 9500 apprentices began in Victoria in the September quarter alone.

Some of the most popular apprenticeships were Automotive and Engineering, with a 141.7 per cent increase, and Electrotechnology and Telecommunications, with a 177.3 per cent increase.

The State Government says it is also giving more Victorians access to skills and training, with the NCVER report showing the number of female apprentices and trainees has increased by 71.7 per cent – a direct result of initiatives like the Government’s $5 million fund to remove barriers faced by women in traditionally male-dominated trades.

"The Government is continuing to back great apprenticeship pathways for Victorian jobseekers, including by establishing Apprenticeships Victoria, which is a point of contact for apprentices and connects the dots between trainers, employers and industry," it said

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