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Apprenticeships in butchery, childcare and hairdressing decline across the ACT

Canberrans have been warned local butchers are a “dying trade” after data showed a steep drop in apprenticeships.

Figures collated by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research showed a decline in trainee butchers, hairdressers and childcare workers in the ACT since 2013.

It was felt hardest in hairdressing, with trainee numbers falling by 46.5 per cent, while butchery fell by 47 per cent. There were just 25 trainee butchers in the ACT as of December 2020, compared to 47 in 2013.

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