6227.0 - Education and Work, Australia, May 2012 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/11/2012   
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In May 2012, there were 219,300 people aged 15–64 years who were employed as apprentices or trainees and part of the Australian Apprenticeship Scheme. Of these, 105,300 people (48%) had commenced their apprenticeship or traineeship in the last 12 months. The majority of apprentices or trainees (77%) were male. The highest number of apprentices and trainees (69,400) were working within the Construction industry. (Table 21)

There were 19,400 people who gained a place for an apprenticeship/traineeship but were not undertaking it in May 2012, while 42,200 people who applied for an apprenticeship/traineeship were unsuccessful in gaining a place in 2012. (Table 22)