6227.0 - Education and Work, Australia, May 2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/11/2011   
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In May 2011, there were 226,500 people aged 15-64 years who were employed as apprentices or trainees and part of the Australian Apprenticeship Scheme. Of these, 108,000 people (48%) had commenced their apprenticeship or traineeship in the last 12 months.

In 2011, the majority of apprentices or trainees (79%) were males. The highest number of apprentices and trainees, 60,300, were working within the Construction field of trade (Table 21).

There were 21,600 people who gained a place for an apprenticeship/traineeship but were not undertaking it in May 2011, while 36,400 people who applied for an apprenticeship/traineeship in 2011 were unsuccessful in gaining a place (Table 22).