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WA businesses to receive up to $8,500 incentive to hire apprentices

WA businesses to receive up to $8,500 incentive to hire apprentices

The Western Australian State Government will soon offer incentives of up to $8,500 to employ an apprentice or trainee. Announced by Premier Mark McGowan in last week’s 2019-20 State Budget, the incentives are estimated to help 6,000 businesses in Western Australia and, along with other training subsidies, will cost $182 million. This cost will be offset by removing the existing

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March Unemployment Rate Edges up Slightly

March Unemployment Rate Edges up Slightly

March labour figures, recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), continue to show a steady unemployment rate at 5%, up slightly from February rate at 4.9%. The trend monthly underemployment rate also remained steady at 8.2 per cent and decreased by 0.4 percentage points over the year. New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia all remained steady while

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Re-entering the workforce, super-mum Lisa lands her dream job!

Re-entering the workforce, super-mum Lisa lands her dream job!

After devoting fifteen years to raising her four young boys, Lisa Roberts had the opportunity to revisit her career path and find a job she truly loves. Like many mothers re-entering the workforce after a long period, Lisa found it was difficult because employers were often looking for recent workplace skills. Having always had a love of nature and gardening,

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A win for Apprenticeships – Federal Budget promises $525 million into Vocational Education sector

A win for Apprenticeships – Federal Budget promises $525 million into Vocational Education sector

Last night’s budget announcement included particular skills-shortage occupations that are promised to receive further incentives under the Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment, worth $156.3 million of the overall investment into the vocational education sector. The AISS payment will offer employers double the current financial incentive of $4,000 (for eligible occupations), increasing this amount to $8,000. Over the next five

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Australians worked an extra 2.6 million hours in February!

Australians worked an extra 2.6 million hours in February!

The labour force figures for February, released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), indicates the summer holiday period is officially over and the Australian workforce is back in full swing. As a nation, Australians rolled up their sleeves and worked 2.6 million more hours in February than we did in January. The report also showed an increase

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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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January Labour Force Figures a Promising Start

January Labour Force Figures a Promising Start

According to the most recent labour force figures for January, just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are 218,600 more persons employed full-time and 76,800 more persons employed part-time in Australia, compared to twelve months ago. Further, over the past year, trend employment increased by 295,500 persons (or 2.4%), which was above the average annual growth rate over

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A Boost for Young Workers

A Boost for Young Workers

A former teacher, Sarah Williams, has always been passionate about educating young people. Now the owner of the Boost Juice franchise at Riverlink, Springfield, Sarah recently signed up her 4th school-based trainee, Avriel Jaggard, through Apprenticeship and Traineeship providers, BUSY At Work. Eager to assist young people transition into the workplace once they complete school, Boost Juice has a very

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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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Apprentice proving she can handle the heat!

Apprentice proving she can handle the heat!

With an award-winning reputation for serving local, ‘farm-to-fork’ produce and exceptional food, the Bluebird Kitchen and Smokehouse in Warwick is the perfect learning environment for passionate, up-and-coming cook, Julia Walker. In April 2017, Apprentice and Trainee experts, BUSY At Work, signed up Julia (then a year 11 student), to the school-based apprenticeship opportunity at Bluebird Kitchen, owned by husband and

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