Why Victoria has an Apprentice Crisis and How MBAV Aims to Fix It

By on January 8, 2018

From Procore Jobsite:  More than half of all Victorian apprentices quit their apprenticeship before completion–a statistic of extreme concern for the Master Builders Association of Victoria. What is more, despite construction being one of the largest employers, the state has only around 2,000 registered tradespeople, compared to around 40,000 in New South Wales and 46,000 in Queensland.

One reason this needs to be addressed, according to MBAV, is that jobs in the construction industry are expected to increase by 87,000 roles between November 2015 and 2020, with the majority of them expected to be in construction services like subtrades.

“The fact that more than half of those who begin an apprenticeship will fail to complete it—52 per cent—spells trouble for the building and construction industry, which is in great demand to build around 2.2 million new homes by 2051,” says Radley de Silva, CEO of MBAV.

“There is a lot of work out there, but not enough skilled workers to perform it. Diminishing numbers of apprentices mean it’s not surprising that our members tell us they have great difficulty finding skilled tradespeople, in particular bricklayers, concreters, and carpenters.”

There are three major factors MBAV believes are contributing to declining numbers of trades apprentices. The first is a lack of understanding of the opportunities offered by a trades career on the part of the public, de Silva says.

“We strongly advocate for the government to invest in a comprehensive consumer awareness campaign to inform the community of the broad range of career prospects in the building and construction industry.”

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