Apprenticeships in Tasmania have increased by 6.5 per cent, according to the latest figures.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research released its December figures on Wednesday.
It showed there were 8210 apprentices training in Tasmania in the 12 months leading up to December 2018.
This is an improvement on the 2016 figures, which reported there were 7575 people in vocational education.
Commencements for trade apprenticeships have also increased by 12.5 per cent compared to the previous year, while trade commencements decreased slightly, by 0.1 per cent.
Tasmania also has the highest completion rates in the country at 58.1 per cent compared to 52.7 per cent for all Australia.
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Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the figures showed the state government's investment in vocational education and direct policies for apprenticeships and trainees was working.
"Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great pathway to a rewarding career help local businesses grow and create more jobs," he said.
"Our skills policy settings are working, and this year's state budget maintains the momentum with initiatives such as small business grants and payroll tax rebates helping businesses to take on apprentices as our economy grows."
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The state budget included a $2.9 million allocation of funds for TasTAFE, to support increased staff and places in some trade courses.
The funds will be used to boost teacher numbers in the construction, electrotechnology, plumbing, nursing and welding courses and will support 75 new places in the nursing course.
In addition, the government will also fund more school-based apprenticeships, with $449,307 allocated.
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