July 16th, 2020

A report by Business NSW on the impact of Covid on Apprenticeships and suggested solutions.


Now is a critical time to ensure that Australia has the skills it needs to build houses, upgrade public
infrastructure, repair cars, offer excellent customer service and fulfil the many other occupations
supported by apprenticeships. The potential of losing a third of this year’s apprentice cohort will have
impacts on the health of the economy for years to come, especially when combined with the reduction
of skilled labour coming to Australia from overseas.
This is not something that can be fixed in five years’ time when we suddenly realise the scale of the
problem. Inaction on apprentice numbers now will see Australia accelerate towards a devastating
skills cliff, which will, in turn, risk throttling an already fragile economy at just the wrong time.

Read the full report here

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