South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


55. Apprentices:

Increase the number of apprentice completions in trade occupations by 20% by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

As at December 2015 there were 2,826 completions in traditional trades, representing an increase of 5.8 per cent since December 2009 (the baseline year) when there were 2,670 apprentice completions.

Apprenticeships typically take three or four years to complete. The decrease in completions in 2013 and again in 2015 have resulted from a reduction in commencements, particularly in 2009 and 2011, when compared to the preceding years. 

‘Traditional trades’ is a sub-group of the occupations classified under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) major group: ‘3 – Technicians and trades workers’.  Technicians and trades workers “perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge, often in support of scientific, engineering, building and manufacturing activities”.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development

Disaggregated data

Indigenous Status