Liberals’ $1 Billion In Cuts Means 122,400 Fewer Apprentices In Training


Figures released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) again demonstrate that the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s cuts continue to cause apprentice numbers to plummet. 

Since their election, the Abbott/ Turnbull Government has cut $1 billion in funding for apprentices leading to further drops including a 19.3 per cent cut in commencements and a 6 per cent decrease in completions.  

In September 2013 there were 417,700 apprentices in training.  Now, because of the Liberal Government’s savage cuts there are now only 295,300 apprentices (September 2015). 

That is 122,400 fewer apprentices in training. 

The Liberal Government cuts are having a devastating effect on the number of apprentices in training and on apprentices completing their training.  Their $1 billion of savage cuts include: 

  • Abolishing apprenticeship programs such as mentoring, access and the Apprentice to Business Owner program;

  • Replaced apprentice support with apprentice debt by abolishing the Tools for Your Trade Program;

  • Rebadged and cut funding to Australian Apprenticeship Centres;

  • Abolished Joint Group Training funding;

  • Cutting support for adult apprentices

 We need to ensure that young Australians have the skills they need for the jobs of the future.  

Before the election, Tony Abbott promised that the Coalition would provide better support for Australia’s apprentices - sadly they have cut funding and have defaulted to their fall-back position of relying heavily on 457 visas without also investing in skills and training.

Malcolm Turnbull is no different to Tony Abbott – he doesn’t care about apprentices.