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Baxter went from playing video games at home every day to working as an assistant manager!

Baxter went from playing video games at home every day to working as an assistant manager!

In 2020, Baxter found out about BUSY At Work’s Transition to Work program which supports young people aged 15-24 with intensive support to find work. When you are young and just left school, it is extremely difficult to get your first ‘foot in the door’ and this is where the program helps. The Transition to Work program is an Australian

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Raymond now working to support medical research and pharmaceutical manufacturing!

Raymond now working to support medical research and pharmaceutical manufacturing!

Raymond initially had contactless appointments with his Transition to Work consultant, he was always punctual and was very keen to find employment in his local area. An unusual opportunity came through Selborne Biological Services (Aust) Pty Ltd who were looking for local people to join their company, contracting at Swickers, Kingaroy’s well-known pork processing plant and the largest in 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Celebrity Apprentices Whose Summer Is Definitely Lit

10 Celebrity Apprentices Whose Summer Is Definitely Lit

There’s no doubt that completing an apprenticeship can lead to a successful career. Take a look at these famous Aussies, who have completed a VET qualification and have gone on to do big things. 1. Matt Moran – Celebrity Chef Celebrity chef Matt Moran is now a household name and started his career by studying Commercial Cookery at TAFE. Although

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Australia’s unemployment rate at 5 per cent

Australia’s unemployment rate at 5 per cent

Australia’s unemployment rate has hit a six and half year low at 5 per cent according to the October figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The seasonally adjusted number of jobs increased by around 32,800 and participation rate increased to 65.6 per cent. According to the ABC News report, Indeed’s Asia-Pacific economist Callam Pickering described the

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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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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 helps Quentin reconnect with his passion for food

BUSY helps Quentin reconnect with his passion for food

It’s been a whirlwind three months for Sous Chef Quentin Roper since he first connected with BUSY At Work Job Placement Officer Noosaville, Kimberley Goodwin. During that time Quentin’s passion for work has grown in leaps and bounds to the point where he now has a secure full time job and is confident in his future. Kimberley said Quentin had shown great determination and resilience after being many years out of work.

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Andersyn excels in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

Andersyn excels in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

When Andersyn Landt started doing general cleaning and gardening at the Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association (MADASSIA) centre as a participant in a Working for the Dole (WfD) activity, she never imagined it might lead to a possible future career in the administration field. As well as developing her Microsoft Office skills and assisting with office clerical duties Andersyn is also studying for her Certificate III in Business Administration which she hopes to complete by the end of the year.

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Hard work and dedication pays off for Dianne

Hard work and dedication pays off for Dianne

Mature age employee Dianne Smith has never been one to shy away from hard work. The Cairns local had been previously unemployed for two years in Melbourne but has now found her feet in the tropical north after securing full time work in a field she has always enjoyed. With the help of CoAct BUSY At Work Employment Consultant, Jessica Campbell and Placement Officer, jobactive, Jason Meyer, Dianne is now working 40 hours a week as a cleaner with respected local business, Abelia Cleaning.

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BUSY helps Juan reconnect with the labour market and a career in hospitality

BUSY helps Juan reconnect with the labour market and a career in hospitality

It’s been a whirlwind six months for Hotel Houseman Juan Concha since he first connected with BUSY At Work Project Coordinator/Mentor, Valerie Osburn. During that time Juan’s confidence has grown in leaps and bounds to the point where he now has a part time job and is well on the way to completing his Certificate III in Hospitality. Such is his remarkable progress Juan has now been nominated for the Queensland Training Awards 2017 Equity VET (Vocational Education and Training) Student of the Year Award. The award r

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Gold Coast Employers asked to employ 101 School Leavers and Youth in Six Weeks

Gold Coast Employers asked to employ 101 School Leavers and Youth in Six Weeks

In one of the most ambitious youth employment campaigns ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, BUSY At Work has set itself a target of placing 101 Gold Coast Year 12 school leavers and youth into apprenticeships and traineeships in six weeks. The GC101 Apprenticeship campaign was launched today by Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP.

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Queensland tourism boosted by a billion

Queensland tourism boosted by a billion

Recent data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that the hospitality industry, as well as the tourism one, received an incremental boost of nearly $1 billion. It revealed that an additional $950 million extra had been spent by domestic travellers in the Sunshine State.

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Increased developments, increased apprenticeship opportunities

Increased developments, increased apprenticeship opportunities

The Brisbane Development website has the slogan: 'Go Tall Not Sprawl' and it's pretty apt for the developments planned for the city. With so many developments planned and underway, there isn't a better time to be a builder's apprentice, for instance, in the region. Brisbanites who are looking for apprenticeship opportunities in the industry will be encouraged by the plans that have been put in place for the state's most populous city.

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How does the resources sector support other industries?

How does the resources sector support other industries?

We often talk about different industries and sectors as though they all exists in their own worlds, forgetting the different ways they all influence each other. For example, those working mining apprenticeships in Queensland are also building career opportunities for people in other industries as well.

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Cairns set to be the centre for tourism expansion

Cairns set to be the centre for tourism expansion

People love to visit Queensland. Whether they're travelling here by plane from overseas or by car through neighbouring states and territories, they all have one thing in common: they're helping to build the economy and keep people employed across a range of different industries.

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NDIS rollout changes Queensland healthcare sector

NDIS rollout changes Queensland healthcare sector

Across the country, preparations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been having a significant effect on the way healthcare services are provisioned. The aim of the initiative is to ensure that people around Australia who need further assistance can get it. Described by the current Queensland government as the biggest social reform for over 40 years, it's expected to benefit people statewide.

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Aged care facility gets green light in Queensland

Aged care facility gets green light in Queensland

Ongoing construction and infrastructure development is common theme across much of Australia. In Queensland in particular, a number of major construction projects are continuing to provide apprenticeship opportunities in their thousands as demand continues to grow.

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New mining approvals boost strength of the sector

New mining approvals boost strength of the sector

Australia's mineral deposits have long been the source of apprenticeship opportunities in Australia, with Queensland in particular supporting a strong mining sector. It's an industry whose success is predicated on exploration, and a fresh commitment to creating new infrastructure ensures these employment opportunities will remain open.

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