New study shows group training organisations achieving superior completion rates for apprentices and trainees

Australia’s network of group training organisations (GTOs) are achieving “substantially higher” completion rates of apprentices and trainees than direct employers in small and medium sized businesses, according to a landmark study released today.

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) welcomed the research findings from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, which show the group training sector achieving superior outcomes for thousands of apprentices and trainees.

“The study shows the focussed efforts of group training organisations in matching apprentices and trainees with host businesses and providing ongoing mentoring and support does produce superior outcomes,” said, the CEO of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) Ms Dianne Dayhew.

The study, Completion rates for group training organisations and direct employers: how do they compare? examines the completion rates of apprentices and trainees employed by GTOs and those employed by direct employers.

It concludes that “After accounting for the different demographic profiles of GTO apprentices and trainees and employer size, the study shows that GTO completion rates for all apprentices and trainees are substantially higher than for small and medium direct employers.”

For trade apprentices and trainees, GTO completions are higher than for small and medium employers, while for non-trade apprentices and trainees, GTO completions are higher than for small and medium, and large direct employers.

Importantly, the study finds that the profile of GTO apprentices and trainees includes a higher proportion of disadvantaged or ‘high risk’ cohorts commencing apprenticeships and traineeships.


The Apprentice Employment Network WA Inc (AENWA) congratulates the winners of the 2019 Awards of Excellence.

The Awards of Excellence recognise the achievements of apprentices and trainees employed by our member Group Training Organisations in Western Australia.

Chairman, Stuart Diepeveen said,  “the 2019 Awards of Excellence event is a celebration that highlights excellence in training. It recognises and promotes the outstanding commitment and dedication of apprentices, trainees, Group Training Organisations and host employers. The quality of the nominations this year, demonstrates not only the commitment of the young adults to their training but the support and pastoral care they receive from both their Group Training and Host Employers that enables them to succeed in their careers.”

The evening was celebrated by 150 people consisting of finalists, guests, industry representatives, State and Australian Government Ministers, State Government members, parents, friends and representatives from our member Group Training Organisations. Our Sponsors, together with the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training in WA, and the Hon. Steve Irons MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education,Training and Aprrenticeships, presented finalists with their certificates and trophies at the event.

Special thanks goes to our main event sponsor AustralianSuper and award sponsors AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, Warrikal and the National Apprentice Employment Network for their ongoing commitment and support to our Awards of Excellence event, without whom these events could not be presented.