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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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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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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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Titans Player Building his Career on and off the Field

Titans Player Building his Career on and off the Field

A footballers career is an exhilarating one, just ask Ash Taylor, half-back for the Gold Coast Titans. In the 2018 season Ash achieved 17 try-assists for the team and his pre-season lead-up this year indicates he is one to watch, evident in his commitment for ongoing improvement. But like many elite sporting careers, football careers often run short and players

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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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Jewellery Manufacturing Apprentice is Set to Shine

Jewellery Manufacturing Apprentice is Set to Shine

Since the age of 14, Brock Hodgson has dreamed of becoming a jeweller. Fast forward to eight years later and he is on his way, thanks to an apprenticeship opportunity in jewellery manufacturing with Stephen Dibb Jewellers, signed up through BUSY At Work. Just weeks into his apprenticeship with the reputable Brisbane jewellers, Brock was chosen as a finalist in

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5 Apprenticeships And Traineeships With Thousands Of Jobs Available Right Now

5 Apprenticeships And Traineeships With Thousands Of Jobs Available Right Now

With university degrees no longer rewarding students with a guarantee of full-time work, there’s a greater need for alternate education and employment pathways. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to train people in occupations and industries that are experiencing high demand. For businesses, hiring apprentices and trainees is a great option because it involves taking on workers that are

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PaTH Internship brings apprenticeship success for Liam

PaTH Internship brings apprenticeship success for Liam

Twelve months ago quietly spoken Liam Scope had an uncertain future. As a registered job seeker with ETC Coomera, Liam was lacking in confidence and finding it hard to gain employment in the hospitality industry due to not having a car and licence. After gaining his license, Liam’s life took a positive turn when he was offered a PaTH Internship

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Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

The latest apprentice and trainee data published for September 2017 quarter showed trade commencements were up 4.2% compared to September 2016 quarter. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report showed the biggest trade commencement increases in automotive and engineering (up 16.8%) and construction trades workers (up 5.5%). This increase comes despite a 3.2% decline in trade commencements for

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Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

While it’s been only been three months since Rachael Cafe took up her new role as BUSY At Work’s new Industry Training Consultant, it’s fair to say she already has a great understanding of the issues and challenges faced by local job seekers and employers. Since joining the Ipswich Mall office in August this year, Rachael has been kept very

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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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Harry Takes on Ambassadorship Role For New GC101 Campaign

Harry Takes on Ambassadorship Role For New GC101 Campaign

Late last year 18 year old Harry Brickles began to seriously contemplate what career path he wanted to follow for the rest of his life. Having just finished Year 12, Harry’s school results could have given him direct entry into university but instead he decided to follow his passion and secure an automotive light vehicle apprenticeship during BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign. Now twelve months into his apprenticeship with Grand Motors at Southport, Harry is keen to play a key role as one of six inaugural ambassadors for thi

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Max Ready To Cook Up a Storm For New GC101 Campaign

Max Ready To Cook Up a Storm For New GC101 Campaign

As the latest ambassador for BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign, Max Hall has always had a passion for food so it’s not surprising to hear him talking enthusiastically about where this passion might take him in the future. “With cooking you learn so many things you can take into your everyday life. When you get home from work it’s reassuring to know that you have the skills to cook something really nice.” “You can have small family dinners where you can cook for everyone and they all really appreciate the hard work yo

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Silvio Backs New GC101 Campaign

Silvio Backs New GC101 Campaign

First year motor mechanic apprentice Silvio De Vito has learnt a lot during the past year. After securing an apprenticeship with Von Bibra Auto Village, Robina during BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign last year, Silvio is keen to play a role in this year’s campaign.

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Harry Finds His Passion For Landscaping Through Transition to Work Program

Harry Finds His Passion For Landscaping Through Transition to Work Program

Three years ago Harry Lovett made the decision to quit school and take time out to consider what he wanted to do with his life. Dropping out in Year 10, the former Noosa District State High School student was determined to follow his own path and make a success of his life. After working in a couple of labouring jobs Harry decided to try his hand at landscaping and since then he hasn’t looked back.

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Building Rewarding Careers in the Cabinet Making Industry

Building Rewarding Careers in the Cabinet Making Industry

Gold Coast local Ethan Parish has recently signed up with Germancraft Cabinets through BUSY At Work and is enthusiastic about working in the cabinet making industry. “I like to use my hands and enjoy the crafting and creative side of the trade. I’m learning how to make the different components for the kitchens and I’m looking forward to being able to go out on site and help with the installations.” “All the staff are very supportive and I like the family environment here,” Ethan said.

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BUSY At Work builds strong partnership with JWB Construction Pty Ltd

BUSY At Work builds strong partnership with JWB Construction Pty Ltd

“We are a rail maintenance and construction company and we are proud that we have recently been recognised by the Logan City Council as a large employer in this region.” Danny said many of the new apprentices recruited through BUSY At Work had undertaken or were currently undertaking a Certificate III Civil Construction - Plant Operations, or a Certificate III Civil Construction – Road Construction and Maintenance.

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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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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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BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry

BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry

BUSY At Work is proudly supporting a new employment program which is producing some excellent results in building Indigenous careers in the construction and building industry. BUSY At Work Project Coordinator/Mentor Robyn Donnelly said BUSY was delighted to partner with Australia’s largest privately owned builder Hutchinson Builders to deliver the Statim-Yaga program. Statim-Yaga is derived from Torres Strait Islander Creole and the Jagera language and means to “start work.”

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Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

From July 1, the existing Back to Work program available in regional Queensland will be extended to employers who take on a long-term unemployed or a young unemployed job seeker aged 15-24 years in the South East. This will support up to 1,500 new jobs in the South East, with eligible employers in line for support payments of up to $20,000

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The Glennie School sets the pace in school-based traineeships

The Glennie School sets the pace in school-based traineeships

Glennie School in Toowoomba leads the way in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. While many senior students have taken up the opportunity to seek traineeships and apprenticeships with locally based businesses, the private Anglican school for girls is also recruiting students to take up positions within the school with support from BUSY At Work. BUSY At Work Senior Industry Training Consultant Toowoomba region, Mark Stevens said the school had appointed eight senior students as trainees to work in a number of

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