What happened to the Aussie apprentice?

The Briefing

11-02-2024 • 22 mins

Australia has a dire shortage of apprentices. Some say it’s because of low pay and physically demanding work. Others argue Generation Z is simply too lazy or soft.

Advocates want more subsidies and investment to boost the workforce. But some young apprentices have reported toxic workplaces and hazing.

Meanwhile, older tradies are struggling amid a surplus of work and drought of young workers.

So how did we get into this mess – and how can we fix it? ACTU assistant secretary Liam O’Brien joins us in today’s deep dive.

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