This report presents new statistics on the extent to which industry trainees leave and return to New Zealand. For New Zealand industry trainees who completed a qualification in either 2003 or 2004, it examines their migration patterns over the subsequent seven years post-completion.
The research found that 9 per cent of industry trainees were living overseas seven years after completion, and had been overseas for at least three years – the best available indicator of permanent emigration. This was lower than the rate for graduates from tertiary institutions, but higher than the rate for the general New Zealand population. Prior research on emigration rates has shown than younger and more highly educated tertiary graduates are more likely to emigrate. The results for industry trainees are consistent with this general pattern.