Queensland delivers the goods when it comes to graduating tradies

Electrotechnology student at TAFE Gold Coast
Electrotechnology student at TAFE Gold Coast

Students training for jobs in electrotechnology and telecommunications trades in Queensland are the most likely to complete their training, according to annual data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Figures indicated up to 72 per cent of those going on to work as certified electrotechnology and telecommunications trades workers will graduate four years later. This was the highest individual completion rate for all seven trade-based occupations in the state, ahead of engineering, ICT and science; automotive and engineering; and skilled animal and horticultural.

Queensland students in electrotechnology also lead other mainland states in terms of completions, with the closest rival Western Australia at 68 per cent and South Australia at 66 per cent.

“Almost half of students who start an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia do not complete their training,” Energy Skills Queensland workforce planning manager Anthea Middleton said.

“So it’s positive to see electrotech and telco training, particularly training that is delivered in Queensland, is setting the bar extremely high when it comes to what’s possible.

“Achieving high completion rates for training is also of higher importance now than ever before, because the number of students actually commencing a trade is slowing, so we need to make sure those who do make the decision to start a career in the sector have the highest chance of getting through.”

Commencement rates for electrical apprenticeships have decreased by 37 per cent in Queensland in the past five years, a trend that has been experienced Australia-wide. In the most recent financial year less than 2000 apprentices commenced.

For Queensland, however, it seems those who do enter electrical or telecommunications training have the best chance of seeing it through.