Regional differences in apprenticeships, traineeships, occupations and areas of study factsheet

This report was originally published 31 August 2020.

The 2019 NSW Post-School Destinations and Experiences Survey collects information about students’ main destination1 and school experience in the year after completing Year 12 or leaving school early. We spoke to 18,777 Year 12 completers and 6,135 early school leavers.

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of regional differences in apprenticeships, traineeships, occupations and areas of study being undertaken by NSW school leavers in 2019. Region (Greater Sydney, Rest of NSW) is based on the location of the school attended by the student. Greater Sydney and Rest of NSW are based on intuitive groupings of the 28 Statistical Area Levels (SA4) for NSW defined within the ABS Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

The most common apprenticeships were:

Attended school in Greater Sydney Attended school in Rest of NSW
Year 12 completers
  • Electricians (25.2%)
  • Bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners (20.7%)
  • Plumbers (13.1%)
Year 12 completers
  • Electricians (21.9%)
  • Fabrication engineering trades workers (15.1%)
  • Bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners (14.4%)
Early school leavers
  • Bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners (23.0%)
  • Plumbers (17.8%)
  • Electricians (15.8%)
Early school leavers
  • Bricklayers, and carpenters and joiners (20.7%)
  • Automotive electricians and mechanics (15.7%)
  • Electricians (12.3%)

The most common traineeships were:

Attended school in Greater Sydney Attended school in Rest of NSW
Year 12 completers
  • Child carers (28.2%)
  • General clerks (10.4%)
  • Sales assistants and salespersons (8.7%)
Year 12 completers
  • Child carers (25.0%)
  • General clerks (16.6%)
  • Sales assistants and salespersons (12.2%)
Early school leavers
  • Child carers (37.9%)
  • Sales assistants and salespersons (13.1%)
  • General clerks (8.5%)
Early school leavers
  • Sales assistants and salespersons (20.6%)
  • Child carers (17.2%)
  • Hospitality workers (7.5%)

The most common occupations were:

Attended school in Greater Sydney Attended school in Rest of NSW
Year 12 completers
  • Community and personal service workers (26.4%)
  • Sales workers (25.8%)
  • Professionals (14.8%)
Year 12 completers
  • Community and personal service workers (29.7%)
  • Sales workers (26.9%)
  • Labourers (13.9%)
Early school leavers
  • Sales workers (24.7%)
  • Labourers (22.2%)
  • Community and personal service workers (19.5%)
Early school leavers
  • Labourers (27.6%)
  • Sales workers (24.7%)
  • Community and personal service workers (21.6%)

The most common areas of study were:

Attended school in Greater Sydney Attended school in Rest of NSW
Year 12 completers
  • Health (21.4%)
  • Society and culture (18.6%)
  • Creative arts (11.6%)
Year 12 completers
  • Society and culture (21.4%)
  • Health (18.3%)
  • Natural and physical sciences (12.4%)
Early school leavers
  • Management and culture (16.0%)
  • Creative arts (15.3%)
  • Health (14.3%)
Early school leavers
  • Health (17.9%)
  • Society and culture (12.6%)
  • Food, hospitality and personal services (7.5%)

1 A total of ten post-school destinations were defined from responses to a number of items relating to participation in further education and current employment. This classification system is a hierarchical classification system, which prioritises education related post-school destinations over participation in employment. As such, it represents a young person's main destination since leaving school.

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