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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

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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BUSY At Work and National Seniors Australia sign memorandum of understanding

BUSY At Work and National Seniors Australia sign memorandum of understanding

BUSY At Work Managing Director, Paul Miles, and National Seniors Australia General Manager, Chris Grice, today announced that their two organisations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. BUSY At Work and National Seniors Australia have entered into this strategic agreement in order to promote the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program in Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia,

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Dominic is still at school but getting a head start on his career path

Dominic is still at school but getting a head start on his career path

Inspired by his mother, who works in the industry, Dominic said “I decided to pursue child care as a career path because it offers plenty of variety during the working day (you never get bored), and it is also really rewarding. So far I have completed my Certificate III and I’m now onto my Diploma”. Dominic’s manager at Imagine, Skye

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9 Reasons why apprenticeships are better than university degrees

9 Reasons why apprenticeships are better than university degrees

Finding a career that makes you happy should be the priority right? However, all too often it is academic ability that tends to dictate a person’s career path, especially when leaving school and deciding your next move. Do you go onto university, enter the workforce or undertake a qualification like an apprenticeship?  We believe many paths can lead to career

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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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Unemployment Rate Remains Steady for October

Unemployment Rate Remains Steady for October

The trend unemployment rate in Australia has remained steady again for the fourth month in a row at 5.3%, according to the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics earlier this week.  This figure is 0.2 percentage points higher than the same time last year, according to ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman. “The increase in the unemployment rate

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A passion for gadgets led Jasper to apprenticeship success

A passion for gadgets led Jasper to apprenticeship success

Jasper Greinke always had a passion for finding out how things work and picking apart electronic devices. That’s why choosing to complete his final two years of high school at the Australian Industry Trade College was the best decision he ever made, Jasper said. Three years ago, Jasper was the very first apprentice to sign up under BUSY At Work’s

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GC150 aims to get young people into jobs on the Gold Coast

GC150 aims to get young people into jobs on the Gold Coast

Federal Minister the Hon Karen Andrews MP was on hand this morning to officially launch the GC150 at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, with over 50 local businesses and young people in attendance. BUSY At Work Managing Director Paul Miles said that it is important for young people to know that they can have a great life and fantastic careers here

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From feeling low, Shai is aiming high

From feeling low, Shai is aiming high

Shai Darby, 19, has always felt a strong desire to care for and nurture others. “When I was younger, my best friend’s dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I was in and out of the hospital with him and I just saw the way that the nurses helped him and comforted him through that whole process, and I was

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Piper finds her way through childcare

Piper finds her way through childcare

Piper Tindall grew up always giving and taking care of those around her, so it’s only fitting that she has now commenced a full-time role as a childcare worker! The 18-year-old from Buderim, Queensland always had lots of family in her life from a young age. “Growing up, we had a lot of foster kids around, there was always a

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BUSY At Work wins Apprenticeship contracts in QLD and WA

BUSY At Work wins Apprenticeship contracts in QLD and WA

Paul Miles, BUSY At Work Managing Director, said he was extremely pleased that BUSY At Work had once again secured the contracts for the apprenticeship service delivery, this time with an increased reach with the addition of the Torres Strait Islands. “Winning the contract again is an outstanding accomplishment for us, and I’m very excited to see that our team’s

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Joshua finds his way through teaching

Joshua finds his way through teaching

Joshua Casley has tried a little bit of everything, before settling into his casual position as a teacher’s aide. The Sippy Downs resident is a participant in BUSY At Work’s Transition to Work program, which helps disadvantaged youth aged 15-21 with career and education opportunities. “Originally when I came to BUSY At Work, I was lacking direction. Fresh out of

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Hard-working mum comes out on top of her traineeship

Hard-working mum comes out on top of her traineeship

Nancy Pilot from the Torres Strait was a stay at home mum for 11 years, before she officially signed into a Certificate III in Hospitality last year, working as a trainee at the Mossman Gorge Centre in Far North Queensland. Now, mother of three Nancy has completed her traineeship and is a casual worker at the Mossman Gorge Centre. “I’m

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Young Cairns apprentice has a bright future

Young Cairns apprentice has a bright future

Sam Wallis has always enjoyed being in nature. “I’ve always been an outdoors person. I love camping, fishing, stuff like that,” the 19 year old said. Lucky for Sam, he is undertaking a three year horticulture apprenticeship that Cairns Regional Council (CRC) has created in support of BUSY At Work’s Cairns50 campaign. Last year Sam undertook a Work Skills Traineeship

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A traineeship can be life changing

A traineeship can be life changing

Like many young people who have left school, Ethan Johnson was at a crossroads and didn’t know what to do next with his life. After dropping out of school in year 9, Ethan got a full-time job. “I hated school. I was always in trouble and doing stupid stuff. So I started working at Maccas for 38 hours a week,

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Great partnerships contributing to employment outcomes for south-east Queenslanders

Great partnerships contributing to employment outcomes for south-east Queenslanders

With past participants in the program achieving an impressive 83% rate of ongoing employment and a further 12% going on to further training programs, they have good reason to be optimistic. Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) is a Queensland Government funded program aimed at providing essential work place skills for disadvantaged job seekers, including young people and those who have

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BUSY Assisting 50 of the Binna Burra Lodge Staff left unemployed after the fires

BUSY Assisting 50 of the Binna Burra Lodge Staff left unemployed after the fires

The historic 86 year old Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland was well known to locals and travellers alike as a refuge for bushwalkers, holiday makers and school camps. Sadly, the Lodge is now a charred ruin with an uncertain future, the recent fires devastating the heritage-listed building and the beautiful flora and fauna surrounding it. The fires

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Job Hunting Tips and Tricks

Job Hunting Tips and Tricks

With every online ad application you are completing, there can be hundreds of others competing for the same position. High odds indeed. Below are some ‘out-of-the-box’ tips for finding work! Networking: A mix of perfect timing and interacting It is estimated that approximately 60% of all jobs are not advertised. The reason for this is that before business managers decide

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Child care graduate, Damon, has big plans

Child care graduate, Damon, has big plans

“I grew up looking after my little cousins and there were plenty of them, more than you can count on two hands!  I guess that taught me what it takes to look after children. I like inspiring kids to play outdoors, kicking the ball and having fun. That’s what being a kid is about”. Damon said. Damon’s employer at Little

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Queensland Government to Announce $32 Million Incentive Program for Young Apprentices

Queensland Government to Announce $32 Million Incentive Program for Young Apprentices

The move is another strategy to address skills shortages for 139 industries and is expected to progress approximately 60,000 young people into a trade in the next four years.  These trades include electrical work, plumbing, engineering, health care, hospitality, early childhood education, baking, commercial cookery and hairdressing. In addition to incentives already offered to businesses including tax cuts for taking

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Resume Do’s and Don’ts

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

We see a lot of resumes come through our hands… these are the top tips we believe are crucial to contributing to your success in the preparation of your job specific resume! Must Do’s Ensure it looks professional by using the same fonts and the same size text (perhaps slightly larger for your headings) Stick to a Word format –

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Tell us about your ‘bestie’ at work – and you could win!

Tell us about your ‘bestie’ at work – and you could win!

Share a picture or video on Instagram and you could win a pair of work shoes for you and your bestie! Tell us about your funniest moments together and how they make your day that much better. We will share the best entries on our Instagram, and the post with the most likes will win a pair of work shoes*

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Strange interview questions for a better hire

Strange interview questions for a better hire

Most people are aware of the standard questions that are asked in an interview and a prepared job seeker will have something rehearsed for even the most dreaded questions like ‘what would you consider to be your greatest weakness?’ or ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’ If you really want to get to know a potential candidate, throwing

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New Incentives for Hiring Apprentices Starts 1st July

New Incentives for Hiring Apprentices Starts 1st July

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment incentive is part of $156.3 million of the overall promised investment into the vocational education sector. The strategy is expected to encourage the uptake of 80,000 new apprentices into these identified industry roles over the next five years: Carpenters and Joiners Plumbers Hairdressers Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics Bricklayers and Stonemasons Plasterers Bakers and

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Tom Triumphs Thanks to Transition to Work

Tom Triumphs Thanks to Transition to Work

All of the above was the case for Tom when he first signed up with BUSY At Work and the Transition to Work program. Tom’s story is not uncommon for many young people who have left school and are struggling with health issues or personal hardships. When Tom did recover from his health issues, he put everything he could into

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State Government Budget – Focus on Jobs Growth for Regional Queensland

State Government Budget – Focus on Jobs Growth for Regional Queensland

Queensland’s State Budget, announced yesterday by the State Treasurer Jackie Trad, shows the government’s commitment to jobs growth in regional Queensland, including a $49.5 billion infrastructure spend over four years. According to the announcement, the Palaszczuk Government is “focused on providing people with the right skills to drive a strong economic future, with a focus on delivering jobs, supporting small

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Katrina building a career in bricklaying

Katrina building a career in bricklaying

Rod Talbot, owner of Talbot Bricklaying had just begun to breathe life back into his small business after recovering from a car accident late last year. Business was picking up and it was time to start thinking about hiring an extra hand. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect when Katrina Curcuruto called, asking if he was interested in hiring

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April Unemployment Figures Show Rising Trend

April Unemployment Figures Show Rising Trend

After the slight increase in March unemployment rate which rose from 5% to 5.1%, another rise in April, creeping up to 5.2% is a concerning trend, according to the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Once again, a two-speed economy is evident with New South Wales and Victoria still experiencing strong job markets. In the past

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