The Australian government's JobTrainer programs provides A$1.5 billion in wage support for apprentices and trainees.
Both major parties have promised more money to help boost apprenticeship numbers, including by providing incentives to employers. But history shows this isn't the best way to spend public dollars.
The so-called 'crisis' has united both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, but wrongly conflates apprenticeships and traineeships to skew the picture.
Was Jacqui Lambie correct to say apprenticeships are going "wayside" and that there are more than one million 457 work visa holders in Australia?