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Nominations Open for VIC Early Years Awards

Nominations Open for VIC Early Years Awards

Early childhood learning is incredibly important in shaping the education outcomes for the future. The Victorian Early Years Awards is a great way to provide recognition to those in the sector. Nominations are now open across seven categories. Winners in each category receive a grant of up to $15,000 towards their initiative or professional development. Finalists in each category are

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Minister Di Farmer visits PWR and their 30 Apprentices

Minister Di Farmer visits PWR and their 30 Apprentices

PWR have always invested in their staff, providing qualification skills that can assist their employee’s career paths in the automotive, engineering and manufacturing industries. They currently have 30 apprentices on staff, supported by BUSY At Work, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. The Minister Di Farmer, along with Paul Miles (Managing Director for BUSY At Work), listened to the

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Tyler Turns his Life Around Thanks to Transition to Work

Tyler Turns his Life Around Thanks to Transition to Work

An opportunity came up for Tyler to do a Scaffolding course through the Transition to Work program, and Tyler jumped at the chance. The Transition to Work program is an Australian Government initiative that assists young people aged 15-24 who have disengaged with education or employment. Tyler gained assistance through the program with funding to complete the scaffolding course, increasing

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Thanks to Transition to Work, Layla has found a new career path!

Thanks to Transition to Work, Layla has found a new career path!

The impact of losing her job and the events of 2020 left Layla feeling low and unmotivated. She was soon referred to the Transition to Work program, delivered in her region by BUSY At Work. The Transition to Work program is an Australian Government initiative and aims to assist young people aged 15-24 who are finding it difficult to find

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Agriculture Industry Benefitting through Apprenticeships

Agriculture Industry Benefitting through Apprenticeships

The program provides formal qualifications through traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as educating young people in the multitude of career paths available in the industry. It turns what can sometimes be a gap year straight out of high school, or a short term experience on a remote property into a genuine and life changing career opportunity. Established in 1824, AACo

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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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Father and son team building a business together!

Father and son team building a business together!

  When his son Noah expressed interest in becoming a builder himself, helping out in the business during school holidays, Simon’s fatherly reaction was ‘finish year 12 first’. Which is what Noah did, during a very difficult 2020, he completed his QCE, and when he still expressed interest in becoming a builder Simon agreed to put him on as an

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Why BUSY At Work is Australia’s Top-Rated jobactive Provider

Why BUSY At Work is Australia’s Top-Rated jobactive Provider

BUSY At Work is a part of The BUSY Group who provide a large range of supportive services to job seekers including: Australian Apprenticeship Support services, Disability Employment Services, Transition to Work (career pathway support for disengaged youth), No-cost training and work experience opportunities through Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs, Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers, to support persons over 45

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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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Multhana Property Services – Creating Career Opportunities for First Nations People

Multhana Property Services – Creating Career Opportunities for First Nations People

With clients across Queensland’s commercial, industrial and government sectors, Multhana offer cost-effective and efficient solutions, underpinned by seasoned project management and industry knowledge. Joseph Wallace, current Director and Aboriginal descendent of the Jirrabal Rainforest people in the Atherton Tablelands and Juru people in Bowen, North Queensland, in partnership with CMBM Facility Services’ Managing Director, Mark Hohn, and Director, Damien Cann,

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Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements Now Extended and Uncapped

Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements Now Extended and Uncapped

Great news for businesses looking to put on a new apprentice or trainee! The Australian Government has now announced the extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) scheme , which offers a 50% Wage Subsidy incentive to keep apprentices working. Businesses can be eligible for up to $7,000 per quarter and a potential maximum amount of $28,000 for the 12

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Dan is pursuing a career in I.T, thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarships Program

Dan is pursuing a career in I.T, thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarships Program

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is an Australian Government initiative to support young people (aged 15-24) in designated regional areas with funding to undertake study and internship opportunities in their career path. Also eligible are ex Australian Defence Force personnel (of any age) who have exited within the last two years. The program offers up to $13,000 in funding with $5,000

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Rheinmetall – investing in their staff through skills development

Rheinmetall – investing in their staff through skills development

Rheinmetall has offices and operations in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra and its new headquarters is now at its new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence manufacturing plant in Redbank, Queensland, south west of Brisbane. The facility currently has more than 350 employees and will grow to 450 as production of the new BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance vehicle commences in late 2022.

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Hastings Deering – Skilling Up the Next Generation!

Hastings Deering – Skilling Up the Next Generation!

And it wasn’t just the boys lining up for the career path opportunities with Hastings Deering! The growing trend of young women entering the traditionally held male trades was evident with 6 women also starting new career pathways, born from an interest in engineering or mechanics. One of the newly signed female apprentices from Mackay Queensland, Nadia Beyer said “I

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You’ve left school – now what?

You’ve left school – now what?

Do you go straight from school into university or TAFE? Take a gap year to travel or find work and save some money? Earn while you learn through an apprenticeship or traineeship? We’ve got 5 tips to help you work out the best path for you after leaving school. Tip 1 – Do not Fear the Decision Whatever decision you

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The BUSY Group – End of Year Donations

The BUSY Group – End of Year Donations

One organisation Beddown, who received a $5,000 donation from The BUSY Group Ltd, is partnering with Australia’s largest parking provider, Secure Parking to provide a pop-up bedding solution for the homeless, turning public car parks into sleeping facilities at night. An extended pilot trial will occur in Brisbane CBD initially, before rolling out to other parts of Australia.  More information

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Celebrating a Year of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Success in 2020

Celebrating a Year of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Success in 2020

To celebrate the success of the varied courses that were delivered throughout the year (including Barbering & Hairdressing, Hospitality & Tourism, Business Administration, Retail, Construction and Cooking), this week BUSY At Work hosted a special awards ceremony and morning tea to thank all those involved who helped make it a success. “It’s been an extraordinary year with the pressures and

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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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Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Course at Kilcoy Motocross

Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Course at Kilcoy Motocross

The course, which was conducted on site at Kilcoy Motocross, assisted with construction projects including landscaping, replacing timber decks and more. Matthew Hayes, one of the participants in the course said he feels more confident in getting back into the workforce after being a single parent for the past five or so years, looking after his young daughter. Matthew used

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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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Job Opportunities Abound on our Road to Recovery

Job Opportunities Abound on our Road to Recovery

BUSY At Work, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider and part of The BUSY Group who provide a range of programs and services to support skills and employment growth, are witnessing a phenomenal number of job vacancy opportunities in the last month or so and believe it is a result of the Australian Government’s stimulus package to support our economic

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Eliza has a bright future – thanks to Commonwealth Scholarships Program

Eliza has a bright future – thanks to Commonwealth Scholarships Program

Eliza was chosen for the first scholarship intake in March 2020 to develop her passion for community services. The scholarship awards young Australians up to $5,000 a year, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and $3,000 to complete an internship. Eliza completed her internship with the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre (MEAC) in northern Victoria and gained

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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Announced at the recent 2020/2021 budget, the Australian Government has announced initiatives to stimulate jobs and our economy. Included in this package was the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements which offers any employer (of any size or industry) a 50% wage subsidy when employing a new apprentice or trainee from October 5 2020. This is capped at 100,000 apprentice or trainee places.

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Historic 2020 Budget to Recover the Australian Economy

Historic 2020 Budget to Recover the Australian Economy

The key points in the 2020 Budget included: Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements In addition to the $2 billion spent on the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees  50% wage subsidy, an additional $1.2 billion has been committed for employers to place a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee, with the goal of 100,000 new and recommencing apprentices and trainees placed. Youth Employment JobMaker – $4 billion investment

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Looking for Work? These are the jobs that are in demand right now!

Looking for Work? These are the jobs that are in demand right now!

While things have picked up since June this year, with SEEK reporting an increase in job vacancy advertising, there is no doubting it’s a tough job market. Finding secure work in an insecure and highly competitive environment can be difficult but knowing where to look and if required, how to re-skill to change careers will play to your advantage, with

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Despite COVID, Jessie has turned her career path forward

Despite COVID, Jessie has turned her career path forward

While losing her job and income was a blow, Jessie had always wanted to be a hairdresser and in the past had completed a Certificate II Salon Assistant qualification. She decided now was the time to act. Working in the café, Jessie had gotten to know the salon owner Sue Syson of Urban Fringe, a hairdressing salon close by. So

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Skilling Queensland Females for the Automotive Industry

Skilling Queensland Females for the Automotive Industry

Data from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training shows there has been a 19% increase in female enrolments for trade courses in the automotive industry and a whopping 32% increase in engineering pathways. A recent Diesel Automotive course funded by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and delivered by BUSY At Work in partnership with TAFE

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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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People with disability thriving in the workplace

People with disability thriving in the workplace

Here are just a few examples of some extraordinary people in Australia with disability who are thriving in the work place! Dr Dinesh Palipana – Gold Coast Emergency Doctor In 2010, on a car trip from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Dinesh Palipana’s car spun out of control in the wet and the resulting accident left him with a spinal

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How accessible is your workplace?

How accessible is your workplace?

Not all disabilities are visible and with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing disability at some point in their lives, chances are we work alongside colleagues with disability, or have lived with disability ourselves. With that being said, how accessible is your workplace for those with disability? Ensuring an inclusive workplace makes good business sense, with access to a larger pool

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Benefits of Hiring Someone with a Disability

Benefits of Hiring Someone with a Disability

Did you know 1 in 5 people in Australia is living with disability yet only 54% of those are employed? It’s a statistic that needs referring to because with ever-growing skills shortages, there is an untapped workforce that deserves looking at more closely. Not just to fill skills gaps but to potentially increase productivity, boost staff morale and lessen staff

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“You have to be Extraordinary to be Ordinary”

“You have to be Extraordinary to be Ordinary”

As highlighted by Paralympian and world tennis star Dylan Alcott’s campaign ‘Remove the Barrier’ , which aims to highlight the invisible barrier that persons with disability often experience when looking for work, less focus needs to be on the disability and more on a person’s ability to perform the role. Oliver Hunter, who features in Dylan Alcotts campaign says it well,

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Winners at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards!

Winners at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards!

Update: We had two overall winners in the Queensland State Training Awards. Big congratulations to Hastings Deering (Large Employer of the Year for Queensland) and Braden Hellmuth (Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year for Queensland)! A huge congratulations to all our apprentices, trainees and local Queensland employers who took out awards for their regions at this years’ regional Queensland Training

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The top 5 things you need to know right now to get a job!

The top 5 things you need to know right now to get a job!

There is no doubting times are tough for many of us right now with over a million Australians currently out of work due to Covid. This ridiculously persistent and pesky bug has rocked the whole world right now, including business, but where some industries are laying off, there are just as many who are requiring staff – and right now.

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Find a Career that Suits You!

Find a Career that Suits You!

Ever heard the saying ‘do something you love and you will never work a day in your life?’  Well, while all work has it’s dull or trying moments, it’s true that if you find work that suits your individual strengths, interests and values, you are more likely to enjoy it – and thrive! Whether you prefer outdoor work or indoors,

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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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JobKeeper and JobSeeker to remain but with changes

JobKeeper and JobSeeker to remain but with changes

As part of its response to keep Australia working during the current pandemic, the Australian Government announced today that it will extend the JobSeeker payments until the end of the year (with a possibility of extending beyond then) and JobKeeper payments until March 2021, with some changes. Unveiled today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, these changes will occur after September

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Australia’s One-Stop Apprenticeship Site for Employers and Job Seekers

Australia’s One-Stop Apprenticeship Site for Employers and Job Seekers

Now more than ever Australia is looking to rebuild our economy and re-skill job seekers for new industries that are providing great opportunities. With encouragement from the Australian Government to re-skill for these industries, it may be the perfect time to consider an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway – or a trainee or apprentice for your business. Apprenticeship Central is the

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Back to Work Program

Back to Work Program

Exciting news for employers looking to put on staff – access to funding of up to $20,000 will remain available when employing an eligible apprentice or trainee. The Queensland Government has just announced that the Back to Work program has been extended through to 30 June 2021 or until the available funding of $70 million has been fully allocated. Under

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Skilling Queenslanders for Work receive Grant

Thanks to the Community Development Grants, an initiative of Ipswich City Council, BUSY At Work were recently successful in obtaining a grant of $3,335 to purchase tools for their Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) programs. The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative offers work experience programs and partial accreditation towards a qualification, for disadvantaged job seekers in Ipswich. The SQW programs

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Great Tax time Tips from ATO for Apprentices

Pretty sure we can all agree that 2020 has been a crazy year so far. Pandemic anyone?  Let’s hope, like the second half of a bad-start football game, we make an amazing comeback. With tax time upon us, this financial year there are special considerations when lodging a return for the 2019-2020 period. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has provided

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5-star ratings for jobactive services

5-star ratings for jobactive services

Despite the impacts that 2020 have had on us all, it is encouraging news for job seekers in Far North Queensland, Emerald and the Sunshine Coast that jobactive provider BUSY At Work, partnering with CoAct, has achieved a 5-star rating for 75% of its jobactive sites! BUSY At Work, a part of the BUSY Group Ltd, received a 5-star rating

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Is it a Career or is it a Job?

Is it a Career or is it a Job?

While having a job equates to earning money to afford to pay your bills and live well, a career is much more than that. A career is a long term goal towards fulfilling your inner values, utilising your personal strengths and talents, and inspiring your continuous growth. According to the Career Industry Council of Australia who are responsible for the

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Richard is super busy now – thanks to SCOW!

Richard is super busy now – thanks to SCOW!

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) assists mature age workers (aged 45-70) who are either in the workforce or recently unemployed (3 months or less). In light of our ageing population, the Australian Government recognises the need to keep mature age workers in the workforce and the program aims to retain the vital skills and experience that mature age

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Nothing was going to stop Alex achieving his dream!

Nothing was going to stop Alex achieving his dream!

UPDATE 11th September 2020: Alex has won the Queensland Training Awards’s Apprentice of the Year 2020 and Equiy VET student of the year for SE Queensland region! With a passion for cars and his beloved motorcycle, all Alex ever wanted to do was work as a mechanic. In 2014 he was over the moon to be given the opportunity to

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Commonwealth Government Stimulus Package to Cover Half of Apprentices Wages

Commonwealth Government Stimulus Package to Cover Half of Apprentices Wages

Under the scheme, apprentices will need to have been in employment by March 1 but wages will be back paid from January 1. To encourage businesses and Group Training Organisations to pick up apprentices or trainees who have been let go, larger businesses may also be eligible for the wage pay-back if they take on an out-of-trade apprentice or trainee.

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Innovative new school to open in Cairns

Innovative new school to open in Cairns

BUSY Schools is the brain child of The BUSY Group Ltd, a not for profit organisation which has been delivering employment and training solutions over 40 years. The BUSY Schools model provides Year 11 and 12 students, who aren’t suited to traditional school systems, the required school curriculum studies in addition to practical accreditation training for trades and industry. Students

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Exciting new Scholarships Program for Regional Young Australians and ex-ADF!

Exciting new Scholarships Program for Regional Young Australians and ex-ADF!

Under the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians, eligible recipients will complete a VET course, with funding support of up to $5000 per year, and a 20-business day paid internship, receiving $3000 for the internship work. Host employers will also receive $500 per intern. The scholarships target occupations identified in projected growth industries and in demand occupations and are delivered

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Exciting new changes to Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services

Exciting new changes to Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services

The BUSY team is very pleased today, to begin the new Federal Government contract for the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network program. The services that BUSY is offering under the new contract contain some excellent opportunities for employers and their apprentices or trainees to extend support options throughout the life of their contract. Some of the exciting new offerings include: An

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