The expansion and contraction of the apprenticeship system in Australia, 1985-2020


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Author: Smith, Erica


This paper chronicles and analyses the expansion and contraction of the Australian apprenticeship system from 1985 to 2020. The system expanded from a small number of occupations, mainly in craft and manufacturing areas, to include many other occupations, notably in the different types of service sectors. The expansion was achieved primarily through a new type of apprenticeship, known as a traineeship, to augment the existing more traditional apprenticeships. Since 2012, the system has contracted considerably, and the participation rate of women has been affected disproportionately. The...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Traineeship; Governance; Policy; Finance; Gender; Participation

Keywords: History; Policy analysis; Access to education and training; Education and training system; Funding; Statistical data; Government role

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2021

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Journal volume: 73

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2021

Pages: pp. 336-365

Related items: TD/LMR 85.649; TD/TNC 103.740

ISSN: 1363-6820, 1747-5090 (online)

'Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Labour Market Programs [Kirby report]' is available in VOCEDplus at TD/LMR 85.649 and 'A shared responsibility: apprenticeships for the 21st century: final report of the Expert Panel' is available at TD/TNC 103.740.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 144.609

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