New figures show that fewer than 157,000 people began traineeships or apprenticeships during calendar 2018, a decline of 3.7% year-on-year. The number of people completing such courses in 2018 fell by 5.5% in 2018, and crashed 43.5% over the last five years. Jenny Lambert of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged Skills Minister Michaelia Cash to take action to address the decline. From The AFR:
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