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Critical skills shortage – AAEN


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Senior VACC analyst Steve Bletsas breaks the current numbers of apprenticeships and internships in Australia.

Training and internships have a long history in building a pipeline of skilled labor for the Australian automotive industry. However, despite the federal government’s financial support and incentives recently, it is disappointing to see that the number of students and trainees starting each year has declined significantly in key automotive industries. This is especially true of Victoria, where some internships seem to take place in the free fall.

The latest statistics from the National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show a significant decline in the number of students over the past four years. Despite the impact of COVID-19, in 2020 the country had about 500 fewer students than in 2017, down 10.6 percent. However, for the two largest states in Australia, the situation is much worse.

Victoria has had nearly 1,200 students in passenger car mechanics since 2017, up from 760 in 2020, down 35.6 percent. New South Wales also saw a 14.2 per cent decline over the same period.

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