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Apprenticeship job adverts plunge by almost 75 per cent

by Ricardo Kean (2020-05-31)

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christmas-letterings-holidays-photos.jpgApprenticeship ads have dropped nearly 75 per cent since January with fewer than 500 advertised across the nation last month.

There were only 468 adverts in April, two-thirds below the number of vacancies at the same time last year, according to the Global Apprenticeship Network.  

Tasmania had no apprenticeship vacancies advertised in April. Victoria had 80 per cent fewer vacancies from January to April while NSW had 75 per cent fewer.






Apprenticeship ads have dropped nearly 75 per cent since January with fewer than 500 advertised across the nation last month (stock image)


The ACT had the smallest drop, with a decline of about 50 per cent.

Manufacturing and production have also been hit hard with less jobs going in both fields. 

Hospitality, travel, sports, tour bắc kinh thượng hải recreation and beauty services have all seen huge drops. 

Global Apprenticeship Network Australia chief Gary Workman said it is terrible news for Australians hoping to start their careers.






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'Apprenticeships and traineeships are needed to ensure that businesses can access a skilled workforce and contribute to our national prosperity,' he said.

'This drop will leave a generation of young people struggling to get a foot on the employment ladder and result in recession-extending skills shortages as industry struggles to find qualified workers in the years to come.'

Strict measures to combat the coronavirus have had far-reaching and hard-hitting impacts across the economy.

The government has offered small businesses with fewer than 20 employees up to $7,000 each quarter for apprentices as a wage subsidy, equal to half the apprentice or trainee's wage from January 1 to September 30.






There were only 468 adverts in April, two-thirds below the number of vacancies at the same time last year, according to the Global Apprenticeship Network (stock image)

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