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May unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

May unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

A marked improvement in the amount of people employed in Australia, which saw 61,000 (or 0.5%) more people working is also a positive sign, particularly after April’s low increase of 4,000 people gaining employment, largely due to illness, flood impacts and the Easter holidays. Bjorn Jarvis, Head of Labour Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), said “The increase

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50 Year low continues as April unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

50 Year low continues as April unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

The “3.9% is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in the monthly survey,” Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS, said. “The last time the unemployment rate was lower than this was in August 1974, when the survey was quarterly.” Male unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 4.0 per cent, its lowest level since October

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March unemployment rate remains steady at 4.0 per cent

March unemployment rate remains steady at 4.0 per cent

Head of labour statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said: “With employment increasing by 18,000 people and unemployment falling by 12,000, the unemployment rate decreased slightly in March, though remained at 4.0 per cent in rounded terms.” Increasing at a faster rate was women’s participation in the workforce, as indicated in the February figures last month, and largely due to

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Workforce Australia Set to Transform Employment Services Delivery

Workforce Australia Set to Transform Employment Services Delivery

The new model was informed by extensive collaboration with over 1400 stakeholders and included user-centred design with job seekers, employers and employment service providers. The BUSY Group is proud to deliver employment support through the Australian Government’s new Workforce Australia program in the following regions. BUSY At Work will be delivering: Workforce Australia Services – Generalist Services (in partnership with

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Federal Budget Commits Billions in Vocational Skills and New Apprenticeships

Federal Budget Commits Billions in Vocational Skills and New Apprenticeships

Already investing up to $13bn in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) initiative which has seen 220,000 Australians enter a trade or skill, the government recently announced an extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements of another three months – now ending June 30, 2022 The government also announced a further $1.3bn investment over the next five years, including a $954 million

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Extension to 50% Wage Subsidy for Employing Apprentices or Trainees

Extension to 50% Wage Subsidy for Employing Apprentices or Trainees

Great news for our employers who are looking to commence an apprentice or trainee! The Australian Government has announced in the lead up to the Federal Budget (29th March) that they will extend the 50% wage subsidy under the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements initiative. The extension expects to support another 35,000 apprentices and trainees with vocational skills and into employment. The

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One Stop Training Joins the BUSY Group

One Stop Training Joins the BUSY Group

One Stop Training deliver a range of vocational skills for the Transport and Logistics industry, an industry that has recently been front of mind for many due to the impacts of Covid and the spotlight on Australia’s supply chain industry.  The investment in the One Stop Group is part of the BUSY Group’s growth in the training industry and developing

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BUSY Schools set to open fourth campus in Coolangatta

BUSY Schools set to open fourth campus in Coolangatta

Queensland’s answer to alternative education for disengaged youth, The BUSY Schools, will open its fourth campus in Coolangatta at the Gold Coast this April following the success of campuses opened in Cairns, Shailer Park and Salisbury in 2020 and 2021. The opening of the Coolangatta campus will meet the growing demand for alternative schooling throughout Queensland for the many students

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Unemployment rate drops – and it’s a job seekers’ market!

Unemployment rate drops – and it’s a job seekers’ market!

The impact on the economy has led to many employers finding it difficult to source labour and skills, and the recent figures coincide with evidence of businesses, particularly trades, desperately needing staff. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest labour force figures for December, an estimated 64,800 jobs were created between November and December. Economists are now saying

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2021 October labour force data reflects end of lockdowns

2021 October labour force data reflects end of lockdowns

Since June 2021, this has been the first increase in the participation rate and reflects a large increase in unemployment (82,000 people). The 5.2 per cent unemployment rate is back where it had been before the Delta variant outbreaks and the extensive lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales. Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS, said the

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September employment figures show the effect of long lockdown periods

September employment figures show the effect of long lockdown periods

Head of labour statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said: “Extended lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have seen employment and hours worked both drop back below their pre-pandemic levels. In September 2021, there were 111,000 fewer employed people (0.9 per cent) and 2.0 per cent fewer hours worked than in March 2020.” The drop

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Skills for our future workforce

Skills for our future workforce

This information may be a little scary and lead a person to imagine a future workforce led only by robots and tech geeks, however; the flip side of this shows that the more digitally automated our workforce becomes, the more demand for human interaction is. This will increase the need for skills like empathy, with care and personal services becoming

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Considering a career in the Automotive Industry?

Considering a career in the Automotive Industry?

Misguided career advisors may think gaining a career in the automotive industry is for those who are more inclined to manual work rather than high-order thinking. As most of us know, cars are complicated beasts these days, with automated functions like park assist, lane departure warning and emergency brake assist – and that’s all before you even try to work

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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements – by over 140%

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements – by over 140%

Apprentices and trainees 2020 – December quarter released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity, including both quarterly and annual figures that can be broken down by state and territory. It also includes information on the main movements across various demographic and occupational categories. According to the research report,

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Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program Receives Ongoing Funding

Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program Receives Ongoing Funding

Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) programs are a set of short upskilling courses that are funded and supported by the Queensland Government. These training programs are perfect for people who are unemployed or under-employed, re-entering the workforce after a little while or disadvantaged job seekers. Since the program launched, Skilling Queenslanders for Work has assisted over 36,000 people into jobs and

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8 reasons to refresh your skills sets!

8 reasons to refresh your skills sets!

Many of us have been in jobs we’ve hated at some point in our careers, jobs where we just feel stuck. Well, we’re here to tell you how stepping outside your comfort zone can help you achieve your long-term goals, whatever they may be. Think of some of the most successful people you know. Most of them started at the

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Celebrating Skilling Queenslanders for Work Graduates

Celebrating Skilling Queenslanders for Work Graduates

To celebrate the success of the varied courses delivered which included Barbering & Hairdressing, Hospitality & Tourism, Retail and Construction; this week BUSY At Work hosted a graduation ceremony for the participants who received their achievement certificates, and a morning tea to thank all those involved. Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work presented the certificates to participants at

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Budget 2021 – Securing Australia’s Economic Recovery

Budget 2021 – Securing Australia’s Economic Recovery

The economy is recovering with the unemployment rate at 5.6%, now lower than pre-pandemic levels, and the continued focus of this budget in ‘creating jobs’. The strategies to achieve this include investment in education, infrastructure projects and an extension of the highly successful 50% wage subsidy for hiring a new apprentice or trainee until March 2022. For businesses and job

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Free Apprenticeship Training for Under 25s

Free Apprenticeship Training for Under 25s

The Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Equipping TAFE for our Future plan is available across Queensland while continuing to deliver free training for young Queenslanders under 25. Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the investment into TAFE and skills is critical to Queensland’s economic recovery plan. “Queensland is leading the way

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Maryborough to Benefit from Industry Training Hub

Maryborough to Benefit from Industry Training Hub

BUSY At Work has been contracted to deliver the Industry Training Hub as part of a $50 million national program to assist regions with high levels of youth unemployment. The Maryborough area is one of ten regions in Australia to benefit from this program. The Industry Training Hub aims to improve the career opportunities for unemployed youth, focusing mainly on

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CMBM skilling their staff to be industry leaders

CMBM skilling their staff to be industry leaders

Today BUSY At Work (Australian Apprenticeship Services provider) and Axiom College (the Registered Training Organisation delivering the qualification) signed up three key team members to undertake a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations, with the plan that these core team members will become specialist trainers for the industry, employing staff within the business and in the industry. A further six team

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Queensland State Election Results – What this Means for Jobs

Queensland State Election Results – What this Means for Jobs

Paul Miles, Managing Director for The BUSY Group who provide a range of skills and employment programs including Australian Apprenticeship Support services stated “We’re excited for the next chapter of Queensland’s recovery and welcome the investment in education and infrastructure that will create jobs for Queenslanders, particularly in the construction, health and education sectors as well as the investment in

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Some Optimism as Unemployment Rate Falls in August

Some Optimism as Unemployment Rate Falls in August

The results were mixed though with underemployment remaining high and Victoria’s lockdowns impacting the unemployment rate in that State. The ABS revealed that nationwide, 111,000 more people found employment between July and August. Of those 74,800 people found part time work and 36,200 people were employed full time. However the impacts of Covid-19 this year has seen 234,200 less people

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Partnership will encourage greater industry skills and employment outcomes for Queensland

Partnership will encourage greater industry skills and employment outcomes for Queensland

At an official launch this week at Cleveland, BUSY At Work has officially announced their preferred partnership agreement with Australian Industry Trade College (AITC). The announcement comes after a 12 year relationship between the two organisations where they have remained dedicated to developing skills and career opportunities for young people in Queensland. Australian Industry Trade College offers Year 10, 11

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The future of industry and jobs, post-Covid

The future of industry and jobs, post-Covid

So what does the future hold for job seekers looking for secure employment moving forward? While many people in industries such as the arts, hospitality and tourism took a massive hit with job losses, many other industries have ‘risen from the ashes’ since the pandemic hit us earlier in 2020. In no particular order, here are the top 7 industries

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Reducing Staff Turnover in Your Business

Reducing Staff Turnover in Your Business

Managing Staff Turnover “Clients do not come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” Sir Richard Branson According to leading human resource consultancy firm Harrisons, depending on the size of your business, the total costs of replacing an employee varies from 30-150% of their salary. This cost includes replacement costs, re-training costs

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World First App to Revolutionise Choosing An Apprenticeship

World First App to Revolutionise Choosing An Apprenticeship

Employment provider BUSY At Work has today unveiled a state-of-the-art, world first virtual reality app designed to revolutionise the way young people choose an apprenticeship. VApprentice is a gamification app that provides potential apprentices with a virtual experience of jobs ranging across sectors such as hospitality, construction and retail. BUSY At Work Managing Director Paul Miles said that it is

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Full-time work continues to rise in Australia

Full-time work continues to rise in Australia

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this month have shown that seasonally adjusted employment has increased by 44,000 jobs, with 33,700 of those positions being full time. This rise in jobs has meant that full time employment has increased by 202,100 since August 2017. The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said

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Part time positions fall, but full time work is on the rise.

Part time positions fall, but full time work is on the rise.

The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has slightly dropped to 5.3 per cent, with the participation rate also decreasing to 65.5 per cent. From June to July seasonally adjusted employment decreased with the number of jobs falling by 3,900. Part time employment dropped by 23,200, while full time positions

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Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

We receive 11 million pieces of information every day and make approximately 35,000 decisions. Our brains use our biases and stereotypes to get through each day without making every decision a monumental task. By the end of our day decision fatigue has set in and we rely on our preconceived notions of the world around us to make choices more

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How To Create A Leading Safety Culture

How To Create A Leading Safety Culture

In order for businesses to provide safe environments for their employees, it’s important that an effective safety culture is established. The importance of safety in the workplace has rightfully been on the rise in past years. In 2004-05 there were 135,515 reported serious injury claims throughout Australia, a figure that dropped to 113,965 in 2013-14. Similarly, the number of workplace

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Rise in Apprenticeship commencements for December 2017 Quarter

Rise in Apprenticeship commencements for December 2017 Quarter

According to the latest national apprentice and trainee data, there is a rise in the number of people commencing apprenticeship and traineeship. Apprentices and trainees 2017 – December quarter, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity and includes both quarterly and annual figures that can be broken down

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The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?)

The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?)

The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?) We’ve all heard stories of weird ways people have quit their jobs and chuckled a little at the theatrics of it all. Think of the woman who quit via interpretive dance or the one who sent her notice via cake; these actions are the ultimate symbols of pettiness that

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Employees Not Showing Up For Work? Here’s How To Manage It

Employees Not Showing Up For Work? Here’s How To Manage It

Unexpected absenteeism is not cheap for businesses. In fact, unplanned absence is estimated to cost businesses $2,741 per employee, per annum and, with an average of 8.8 days of absence per employee per year, this is a cost that no business wants to wear. The direct costs of absenteeism such as paid wages, replacement workers and overtime pay are obvious.

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ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

Managing Director, BUSY At Work Paul Miles said it was encouraging to see business confidence build but was concerned about the momentum of part time job growth. “Each month we have seen a pattern of continual growth in part time jobs rather than full time jobs. “This creates under-employment, meaning while people may be employed, they are not getting enough hours in their job to get ahead and therefore are simply living week to week and in many cases going backwards. “This is not sustainable, and I urge all Q

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Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia’s job growth has hit an all-time historic high with four decades of consecutive monthly growth, the longest unbroken period of growth recorded since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) started collecting data back in 1978. However, although there are more jobs it did not stop the unemployment rate creeping up slightly to 5.5% during December 2017. Snapshot (seasonally adjusted

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Gala Event marks a BUSY 40 Years of Employment Services

Gala Event marks a BUSY 40 Years of Employment Services

“It’s a great success story – for our clients and for improving Australian society through helping people into meaningful and productive work,” Mr Miles said. The BUSY Group – originally “BUSY Inc” – was founded in 1977, with a remit from then President Martin Punch to help homeless youth on the Gold Coast.

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National Skills Week, August 28 – September 3, 2017

National Skills Week, August 28 – September 3, 2017

This week celebrates National Skills Week, which is the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). National Skills Week continues to attract overwhelming support following a survey of stakeholders who confirmed the importance of having a dedicated week to highlight VET, Industry trends and the link between training and jobs. Every year since its

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Full-time Employment Growth Continues

Full-time Employment Growth Continues

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed full-time employment grew by 62,000, while 48,000 part-time jobs were lost. BUSY At Work CEO Paul Miles said “It’s great to see this full-time employment trend continue for the ninth month consecutively, however let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are down in full-time employment from a decade ago."

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BUSY merger with ON-Q brings brighter future for QLD and NSW

BUSY merger with ON-Q brings brighter future for QLD and NSW

Gold Coast based Apprenticeship and Employment Services organisation BUSY At Work has merged with ON-Q Human Resources and Disability Services. BUSY CEO Paul Miles says, "By combining our strength and capability with the knowledge and skills ON-Q has demonstrated in the disability employment sector, we will create a powerful force for providing outstanding service levels to clients.”

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Apprenticeship and traineeship numbers continue to decline

Apprenticeship and traineeship numbers continue to decline

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) figures released yesterday show the number of people starting an apprenticeship or traineeship has continued to decline. There was also a decline in the number of apprentices and trainees in-training, with 265,000 in-training as at 31 December 2016, a decrease of 4.5% from 31 December 2015. This latest release of quarterly data also shows an overall decrease in the number of commencements, completions and cancellations and withdrawals, compared with the December

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Following the recent Queensland Health advice, a number of BUSY At Work offices will be temporarily closed in the Greater Brisbane Area from 5pm Monday the 29th March and will not reopen until after the Easter long weekend on Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021. Click here for list of offices affected. We will be taking calls until 8pm Thursday 1st  on 13 28 79 should you wish to speak with one of the team.

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