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 is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


55. Apprentices:

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

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

As at December 2014 there were 3,428 completions in traditional trades, representing an increase of 28.4 per cent since December 2009 (the baseline year) when there were 2,670 apprentice completions.

Apprenticeships typically take four years to complete. The decrease in completions recorded in 2013 is the natural outcome of a smaller number of apprentice commencements in 2009, when business confidence was subdued after the Global Financial Crisis. The higher volume of apprentice commencements recorded between 2010 and 2012 should result in higher number of completions through to 2016.

The gender gap in apprentice completions widened between 2013 and 2014, with women comprising 11.4 per cent of all apprentice completions in trade occupations in 2014. Aboriginal persons and persons with a disability continue to comprise a small proportion of all apprentice completions (1.5 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively in 2014).

A data cleansing project undertaken by the NCVER has led to the data in these tables being adjusted since they were last published. The revisions have reduced the number of completions for each year. The original baseline of 2,700 completions has been revised to 2,670.

‘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